Professor Christian Leitmeir

Professor Christian Leitmeir

Subject: Music

Department: Music

College appointment: Tutorial Fellow

Academic position: Associate Professor of Music

Officer: 01865 286793


Christian Thomas Leitmeir grew up in Donauwörth, Southern Germany. From 1995 he read Musicology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Theology at the University of Munich. In 1999 he completed his MMus degree in Musicology at King’s College London and in 2003 was awarded a Dr. phil. from the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen (2003). After a Long-Term Frances A. Yates Research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London, 2003-2006), he taught at Bangor University (2007-2015), before joining the University of Oxford in 2015.

He serves on the editorial boards of Plainsong & Medieval Music (which he co-edited from 2010 to 2020), Journal of the Alamire Foundation, Music Theory & Analysis and Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum. In 2013 he was elected into the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), and in 2020 into the Royal Historical Society.


At the Faculty of Music, Christian Leitmeir mainly teaches on the history of music from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, including palaeography and music philology. His tutorial teaching covers these subject areas, but additionally extends to other periods of music history.

Research interests

Christian Leitmeir is a historian and critical editor of music. His research evolves primarily around music and music theory during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period in Continental Europe (with a regional emphasis on Central and Central Eastern Europe). Alongside, he pursues research into other areas, especially musical notation, Viennese Classicism and German Romanticism, women in music, music around 1900 (with a focus on Richard Strauss) and the history of musicology. He collaborates regularly with professional ensembles and frequently engages in interdisciplinary research, reaching out especially to theology and art history.

Developing projects are devoted to pioneering performances of medieval music in the first half of the 20th century and content and context of the Beethoven Centenary, celebrated at Vienna in 1927.

Selected Publications



Medieval Music

Renaissance Music

Music after 1750

Contributions to CD Recordings