Mark Ferraguto specializes in the music and culture of 18th- and 19th-century Europe, particularly Vienna. His teaching and research interests include the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; folk music and exoticism; historical performance practices; and music and politics.
Ferraguto’s research explores how the contours of cultural and political history can illuminate musical works and styles. His book project Hearing Beethoven Historically: 1806–1807 examines the compositions of these watershed years in relation to the desires and demands of Beethoven’s patrons, performers, audiences, critics, and publishers. His work also investigates music’s role in the theory and practice of international relations. Co-organizer of the interdisciplinary conference “Music and Diplomacy” (Harvard and Tufts Universities, March 2013), he co-edited Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Examining music within the longue durée of diplomatic history, the volume features contributions from sixteen international scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
Ferraguto received his Ph.D. in musicology with a concentration in performance practice from Cornell University. He has received awards and grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the American Musicological Society, among others, and has presented his work throughout North America and Europe. His work has been published in Music and Letters, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Studia Musicologica, Keyboard Perspectives, Eighteenth-Century Music, MLA: Notes, and elsewhere. He is a Director-at-Large of the Haydn Society of North America and a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia.
An active performer on early and modern instruments, Ferraguto studied organ and harpsichord with Annette Richards and David Yearsley (Cornell University), James David Christie (College of the Holy Cross), and Aline Zylberajch (Conservatoire National du Région de Strasbourg). He holds the Associateship Certificate of the American Guild of Organists, and was awarded the AAGO prize for highest overall score on the Guild's Associateship examination. He serves as organist at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in State College. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, he taught music history at Cornell University and the Hartt School.
Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present
Edited by Rebekah Ahrendt, Mark Ferraguto, Damien Mahiet
Palgrave MacMillan, 2014
How does music (its concepts, practices, and institutions) shape the exercise of diplomacy, the pursuit of power, and the conduct of international relations? Drawing together sixteen international scholars with backgrounds in musicology, ethnomusicology, political science, cultural history, French studies, German studies, and communication, this volume interweaves historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives.