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Roger Moseley

Associate Professor
Musicology, Performance
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)
104 Lincoln Hall
Friday, 10-11:30am


Roger Moseley’s current research explores how the concept of play has informed keyboard music as sonic practice and cultural technique. His first book, Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo, was published by the University of California Press in print and open-access digital formats in October 2016. Featuring rich multimedia content, including footage of digital games and music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, and others recorded by Moseley and his Cornell colleagues, the book is available as a free download in a variety of formats from the link above.

Moseley 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, 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.