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Mr. Angus Howie

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Member of the Department of Music  


Angus Howie is a doctoral researcher in the department of Music. His research focusses on the Austro-German Symphony in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular interest in the symphonies of Brahms, Bruckner, and Mahler. 

Angus holds a BMus degree (first-class) from the University of Birmingham (2020) and an MA from Durham University (2021). His undergraduate dissertation considered Protestant and Jewish identities in Mendelssohn’s ‘Reformation’ Symphony through the application of Hegelian dialectics to musical form. His MA dissertation investigated strategies for expressing the sublime in the late nineteenth-century symphony through analytical case studies of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, Mahler’s First Symphony, and Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. His ongoing PhD research focusses on the symphonies of Brahms, Bruckner, and Mahler in Vienna between 1911 and 1945. In particular, he is interested in the performance and reception histories of these works and the ways in which those histories interact with twentieth-century Austro-German politics. He is supervised by Professor Julian Horton and Dr Katherine Hambridge. 

Angus is a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research (IAGMR) at the University of Surrey and is co-organiser of their newly-created Zoombar series.

Research interests

  • Austrian and German Music and Politics
  • Musical Analysis
  • The Symphony
  • Aesthetics