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David Ferris, Ph.D.

David Ferris, Ph.D. is an associate professor of music history at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he teaches courses on a wide range of musical subjects, including 19th-century opera, Romantic song, the Classical style, musical biography, and jazz. He is the author of Schumann’s Eichendorff Liederkreis and the Genre of the Romantic Cycle, published by Oxford University Press, and his work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, and Music and Letters. He has also edited two volumes for the new complete edition of the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as the Eichendorff Liederkreis for the new complete edition of Robert Schumann’s music. His research interests have focused on the lives and music of Clara and Robert Schumann, the songs of Schubert, and the musical legacy of C. P. E. Bach. More recently he has presented papers at international conferences on the use of music in film and on the autobiography of jazz singer Billie Holiday.