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 is co-editor of Plainsong & Medieval Music, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation, Music Theory & Analysis and Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum. In 2013 he was elected into the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).


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’s 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). He is a devoted palaeographer and critical editor. Alongside, he pursues research into other areas, especially Viennese Classicism and German Romanticism, women in music, music around 1900 (with a focus on Richard Strauss) and the history of musicology. He frequently engages in interdisciplinary research, reaching out especially to theology and art history.

Selected Publications



Medieval Music

Renaissance Music

Music after 1750