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After having studied Musicology, Medieval and Early Modern History and Italian literature at the universities of Heidelberg and Chapel Hill (North Carolina), I was awarded a PhD in musicology at Heidelberg University in 1995, with a thesis on Felix Mendelssohn's musical aesthetics. Subsequently, I held various postdoctoral positions in Heidelberg, as well as a Humboldt Fellowship in Urbana (Illinois) in 1998-1999. In 2001, I obtained the Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification) in Heidelberg, with a study on text declamation in the fifteenth-century motet (published in 2003). After a Heisenberg senior research fellowship and a visiting professorship in Frankfurt, I moved to the UK in the autumn of 2005 to take up the Professorship and chair of Music at Bangor University. In 2012, I was appointed as Professor of Music at Manchester.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research interests can be summarised as follows:

  • Music of the 15th and 16th centuries: Music sources (primarily of polyphonic music); history of the motet; music and text; music theory; historiography
  • Mendelssohn, Mozart, and (more generally) instrumental music of the late 18th and 19th centuries
  • Musical Editing / Music Philology
  • History of musical genres (motet, string quintet, sonata)
  • Sound and texture in instrumental music 

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Manchester

1 Nov 2017 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

1 Sep 200831 Dec 2008


  • Music
  • 15th Century Music
  • 16th Century Music
  • Polyphonic Music
  • History of the Motet
  • Music and Text
  • Music Theory
  • Historiography
  • Mendelssohn
  • Mozart
  • Late 18th Century Music
  • Late 19th Century Music
  • Musical Editing
  • Music Philiology
  • History of Musical Genres
  • Motet
  • String Quintet
  • Sonata
  • Sound
  • Texture
  • Instrumental Music

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Research Output 1994 2019

Einʼ feste Burg ist unser Gott? Der Choral in der Instrumentalmusik des 19. Jahrhunderts zwischen sakralem Andachtstopos und konfessionellem Statement

Schmidt, T., 1 Feb 2019, Kulturelle Wirkungen der Reformation. Fitschen, K., Schröter, M., Spehr, C. & Waschke, E-J. (eds.). Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt GmbH, Vol. 36. p. 307-315 9 p. (Leucorea-Studien zur Geschichte der Reformation; vol. 36).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

In Search of "Lutheran" Music in Post-Reformation Germany: Aspects of Transmission and Genre

Schmidt, T., 1 Feb 2019, Music and Theology in the European Reformations. Burn, D., McDonald, G., Verheyden, J. & De Mey, P. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, p. 149-189 41 p. (Epitome Musical).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Making Polyphonic Books in the late Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries

Schmidt, T., 15 Nov 2018, The Production and Reading of Music Sources: Mise-En-Page in Manuscripts and Printed Books Containing Polyphonic Music, 1480-1530. Schmidt, T. & Leitmeir, C. T. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, p. 1-98 98 p. (Epitome Musical).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Symphony in D minor MWV N 15 (Reformation Symphony)

Schmidt, T. (ed.) & Bartholdy, F. M., 2017, Wiesbaden and Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. 252 p. (Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys; vol. I/7)

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Critical Edition

Activities 2008 2017

  • 3 Membership of a Society or Institute

University of Manchester (External organisation)

Thomas Schmidt (Member)

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Academia Europaea (External organisation)

Thomas Schmidt (Member)

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All Souls College, Oxford (External organisation)

Thomas Schmidt (Member)
1 Sep 200815 Dec 2008

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