Arne Spohr


  • Position: Professor (musicology)
    Director of Early Music Ensemble
  • Phone: 419-372-2519
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  • Address: 1003 Moore Musical Arts Center

Arne Spohr studied musicology, German, theology, and education at the Universities of Bonn (MA), Oxford and Wisconsin-Madison, and received his PhD in musicology from the Hochschule für Musik Köln in 2006. His research has focused on music in Britain, Germany and Scandinavia between 1550 and 1750, particularly on issues of cultural exchange, institutional history and court culture. In 2008 he organized an international conference on German composer and theorist Michael Praetorius, held at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. In his new research project, for which he earned a six-month postdoctoral fellowship, he investigates the uses of space, architecture, and art in the presentation of music and musicians at European courts (ca. 1450-1700). Prior to his appointment at BGSU he held teaching positions at the Universität Göttingen and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

Publications (Selection):


‘How chances it they travel?’ Englische Musiker in Dänemark und Norddeutschland [English Musicians in Denmark and Northern Germany] 1579-1630. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009.

Michael Praetorius – Vermittler europäischer Musiktraditionen um 1600 [Michael Praetorius – Agent of European Musical Traditions], edited by Susanne Rode-Breymann and Arne Spohr. Hildesheim: Olms, 2011.

Music Edition

Johann Schop, Erster Theil newer Paduanen. Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, vol. 125. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2003.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters/Articles

“Concealed Music in Early Modern Diplomatic Ceremonial.” In Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present, edited by Rebekah Ahrendt and Damien Mahiet, New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2014.

“English Masque Dances as Tournament Music? The Case of William Brade’s Außerlesene neue liebliche Branden (Hamburg, Lübeck, 1617).” In The Palatine Wedding of 1613. Protestant Alliance and Court Festival. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Renaissanceforschung, vol. 29, edited by Sara Smart and Mara R. Wade, 545-565. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013.

“'This Charming Invention Created by the King' – Christian IV and His Invisible Music.” Danish Yearbook of Musicology 39 (2012): 13-33. 

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