Mark Ferraguto specializes in the music and culture of 18th- and 19th-century Europe. 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 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).
Ferraguto received his Ph.D. in musicology with a concentration in performance practice from Cornell University. He has received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Musicological Society, among others, and has presented his research at conferences throughout North America and Europe. His articles have been published in such journals as Music and Letters, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and Studia Musicologica. In recent years, he has given invited talks at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Connecticut, Yale University, Catholic University, CERI-Sciences Po in Paris, and the IES Abroad Center in Vienna, where he was a research associate. 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 organ and harpsichord, Ferraguto is an associate of the American Guild of Organists and a recipient of the Guild’s AAGO Prize. He serves as organist at Faith United Church of Christ and as Dean of the AGO’s State College chapter. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, he taught 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.