Dr Emily X. X. TanBack to People

Department: Music
Academic position: Lecturer I in Music


Emily X. X. Tan holds a DPhil and BA from the University of Oxford (Merton College and Exeter College, respectively) and an MMus in Advanced Musical Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is studying now for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert HE) at the University of Oxford. In addition to her lectureship at Magdalen College, Emily is Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Research interests

Emily’s research field is historical and analytical musicology. She has a particular interest in liberal humanism, musical modernism, and the idea of musical autonomy. Her doctoral thesis ‘Aspects of Richard Strauss’s Late Aesthetic’ considers the musical and ideological structures of a selection of Strauss’s late works.


‘A Form of Hope in Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen′. Music Analysis. In Press.

‘Heinrich Schenker in Correspondence: The Unpublished Writing of the Twentieth Century’s Most Influential Music Theorist’. Review of Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence. Edited by Ian Bent, David Bretherton, William Drabkin. HABSBURG (November 2015). Online.