Marianne Pfau, PhD

Marianne Pfau
Phone: (619) 260-4101
Office: Camino Hall 161E

Professor, Music History

  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University, Historical Musicology
  • Graduate degree, Musikhochschule Hamburg, Historical Performance Practices
  • Graduate Degree, Musikhochschule Hamburg, Early Wind Instruments
  • Licentiate, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; Music Therapy

Marianne Pfau, PhD, teaches Western music history courses, with a specialization in music before 1800. Since 2007, she has directed the concert series Angelus: Sacred Early Music in Founders Chapel. Occasionally, Dr. Pfau also teaches graduate seminars at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Pfau has published extensively on Hildegard of Bingen, and edits 18th-century music for Baroque Oboe. She leads an active musical life as baroque oboist and recorder soloist, performing and recording in the US and in Europe. She often joins American Bach Soloists, Jubilate Baroque Orchestra and California Bach Society in San Francisco, Trinity Consort in Oregon, Ensemble Rebel in New York, with Musica Alta Ripa, L’Arco Baroque Orchestra Hannover, Corona Musica Kassel, Cythara Ensemble Hamburg, Accademia dell’Arcadia Poznan, and many others. As director of the ensembe Toutes Suites, she has recorded five CDs of newly discovered 18th-century music for Baroque Hautbois Band on the labels GENUIN classic in Leipzig, virtilia in Hamburg, and for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Nuremberg.

Scholarly Work

Dr. Pfau engages both in musicological scholarship and in the performance of Early Music, with a special interest in the connections between both. The focus is on Medieval music of the 12th century, as well as on Baroque music of the 18th century. She has published a book, recorded five CD’s under her own direction, and has produced many critical editions.

The monograph entitled Hildegard von Bingen: Der Klang des Himmels with Stefan Morent (Cologne: Boehlau 2005) has garnered enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic; her complete edition of Hildegard’s Symphonia chants (Bryn Mawr: HPC, 1993-98) is widely used in the U.S. and licensed internationally.

Herrecordings with her ensemble toutes suites of music for baroque oboe that she discovered in European archives have received fervent notices in Europe, the UK, and in Japan. The following CDs have appeared: Johann C. Krieger and Johann Christian Schieferdecker: Music for Hautbois Band (Leipzig: GENUIN classic and Nuernberg: BR, 2012); George F. Handel. Six Oboe Trios (Hamburg: virtilia, 2010); Sebastian Bodinus (Leipzig: GENUIN 2009); Jean Michel Muller. Twelve Hautbois Concertos (Leipzig: GENUIN, 2008); Georg P. Telemann. Der getreue Music-Meister, (Hamburg: virtilia, 2007).

The music she discovered and recorded is available for performance in the following editions, all at prima-la-musica, UK: 12 oboe concertos by J.M. Muller, 6 oboe trios by Bodinus with another set of 6 trios for oboe and violin forthcoming, and 13 oboe concertos by Schieferdecker also forthcoming.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Pfau teaches the gamut of western music history for the Music department at USD, often with an interdisciplinary focus (Music and Art; Music and Faith; Music and Politics); joint interdisciplinary courses for the USD’s Honors and Social Issues Programs with faculty from the literature, theology, philosophy, and political science departments; and graduate seminars at the University of Hamburg on Hildegard von Bingen and on Musical Rhetoric in J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantatas.