Marjorie W. Hirsch

Marjorie Hirsch

Class of 1924 Professor of Music

Bernhard Music Center Rm 39
At Williams since 2001


B.A. Yale University (1982)
M.Phil. Yale University (1985)
Ph.D. Yale University, Music (1989)

Areas of Expertise

18th– and 19th-century music

Romantic Lieder

Narrative in music

Words and music

Music and meaning

Franz Schubert

Teaching Areas

Music Appreciation

Classical and Romantic Music



Music and Meaning (tutorial)

Dangerous Music (tutorial)

Romantic Generation

Schubert and Brahms

Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Music and Visuality



(not offered 2024/25)


Beethoven (not offered 2024/25)


Music and Meaning (not offered 2024/25)


Dangerous Music (not offered 2024/25)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Cambridge Companion to Schubert’s
Winterreise (co-edited with Lisa Feurzeig) (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Schubert’s Dramatic Lieder (Cambridge University Press, 1993).


Recent Articles, Book Chapters, and Book Reviews:

Review of Jos van der Zanden, Beethoven and Greco-Roman Antiquity (2022), in Music & Letters (forthcoming).

“Lied,” in Schubert in Context, ed. Christopher Gibbs (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022)

“The Piano and Musical Imagery in Schubert’s Lieder,” in Schubert’s Piano, ed. Matthew Gardner and Christine Martin (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022)

“Tradition and Innovation in Schubert Lieder,” in Cambridge Companion to Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’, ed. Marjorie Hirsch and Lisa Feurzeig (Cambridge University Press, Feb 2021)

“Reframing the Question: The Interrogative in Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin” (submitted)

“Gretchen abbandonata: The Lied as Aria,” in Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell & Brewer, 2019)

“Musical Remembering in Schubert’s Faust Settings,” in The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music, ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons and Charles McKnight (Oxford University Press, 2019)

“Schubert’s Reconciliation of Gothic and Classical Influences,” in Schubert’s Late Music in History and Theory, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

“Musical Remembering in Schubert’s Faust Settings,” in The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music, ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons and Charles McKnight (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Review of Rita Steblin’s Beethoven in the Diaries of Johann Nepomuk ChotekNineteenth-Century Music Review 12 (2015): 375-79.

Review of Kristina Muxfeldt’s Vanishing Sensibilities: Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann (2012), in Journal of the American Musicological Society 66/2 (Summer 2013): 565-70.

“Mayrhofer, Schubert, and the Myth of ‘Vocal Memnon’” in Unknown Schubert, ed. Lorraine Byrne and Barbara Reul (Ashgate, 2008), 3-23.

“Mirrors, Memories, and Mirages: Songs-Within-Songs in Schubert’s Lieder,”
Journal of Musicological Research 26/1 (2007): 1-32.

“The Spiral Journey Back Home: Brahms’s ‘Heimweh’ Lieder,” Journal of Musicology 22/3 (Summer 2005): 454-89.

Review of Lorraine Byrne’s Schubert’s Goethe Settings. Music Library Association NOTES, 2004.

Review of Susan Youens’s Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin. Music Library Association NOTES, 1998.

Current Committees

  • Honor and Discipline Committee