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Roger Moseley

Assistant Professor
Ludomusicology; music and media theory; Brahms; 18th- and 19th-century instrumental music; improvisation; performance practice
PhD (UC Berkeley), MMus (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Tel#: 607-255-4974
126 Lincoln Hall
Tuesday, 11am-12:30pm


Roger Moseley’s current research explores how the concept of play has informed keyboard music as sonic practice and cultural technique. He has recently completed his first book, Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo, which will be published by the University of California Press in print and open-access digital formats in August 2016. He has published essays on topics ranging from the music of Brahms (on which he wrote his PhD dissertation at UC Berkeley) to music-themed digital games, and from eighteenth-century keyboard improvisation to contemporary technologies of musical (re)creation. He is also active as a collaborative pianist on both modern and historical instruments.

Prior to his arrival at Cornell in 2010, Moseley lectured in music history and theory at the University of Chicago. From 2004-2007 he was a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and in 2007 he was awarded an MMus with Distinction in Collaborative Piano from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate courses in music history, culture, theory, materials, techniques, and performance. Recent graduate seminars have focused on nineteenth-century music and its technological mediation, historical improvisation, ludomusicology, and virtuosity.

More information on Moseley’s activities and recordings of his performances and improvisations are available at