Michael McClellan Dr Michael McClellan

Harold White Fellowship Research Topic :
The French Revolution on stage
Dr McClellan focussed his research on the interaction of theatre and government during the French Revolution, especially a series of events between 1791 and 1799 relating to the freedom or regulation of theatres. He made use of the Library’s very large collection of pamphlets and newspapers of the period, as well as formed collections of 18th century French literature, drama and music. The text written for his public presentation on this topic can be found here.


Michael McClellan is an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he teaches music history. He obtained his B.A. in Music and Humanities from the University of Minnesota. He did his graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from that institution, the latter in 1994. His primary area of research is French opera of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Much of his work has focused on the socio-political upheaval of the French Revolution and its effect on European musical culture.  Recently, he has embarked on a new project exploring the introduction of Western opera to colonial Vietnam and explores the socio-political significance of music to European imperialism.


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Recent articles
McClellan, M. (2004). The Italian menace: opera buffs in revolutionary France. Eighteenth-Century Music 1: 249-263. (abstract)
McClellan, M. (2003). Opera and the politics of cultural control in France, 1795-1799. Paper presented at the International Musicology Conference, Krakow, September 2003.
McClellan, M. (2003). Performing empire: opera in colonial Hanoi. Journal of Musicological Research 22(1-2): 135-166
McClellan, M. (1996). Counterrevolution in Concert: Music and Political Dissent in Revolutionary France. The Musical Quarterly, 80(1): 31-57
McClellan, M. (1995). Restraining the revolution: musical aesthetics and cultural control in France, 1795-1799. Music Research Forum 10.
McClellan, M. (1995). Pachyderms and prosceniums: musico-dramatic tradition and aesthetic innovation during the French Revolution. Chimères 22:1-20.

Contact Details

Music Department
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, New Territories
Fax: (852) 2603-5273
Email: mcclellan@cuhk.edu.hk

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