Nicholas Baragwanath

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Nicholas Baragwanath
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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • MA
  • D.Phil
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
  • Music theorist
  • Musicologist
  • Pianist
Known forKnown for his contributions to the compositional theory and practice of 19th-century Italian Opera
  • Westrup Prize (2006)
  • Marjorie Weston Emerson Award (2014)

Nicholas Baragwanath is a British music theorist, musicologist and pianist. He is best known for his contributions to the compositional theory and practice of 19th-century Italian Opera[1].


In 1998, Baragwanath completed his MA and D.Phil at the University of Sussex and lectured at the University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2001, Baragwanath moved to the Royal Northern College of Music to become Head of Postgraduate Studies and later became the Dean of Research and Enterprise. Since 2010, he has taught at the University of Nottingham.[2]

Research on 19th century Italian Opera

Baragwanath's research into the Italian traditions of 19th century Opera has revised opinions as to how composition was learned by composers by offering a detailed analysis of the methods of the Italian conservatories, notably in Naples and Northern Italy.[3] These historical Italian methods of composition, grounded in solfeggio, partimento and counterpoint, offer an alternative method of analysis of Italian Opera to the standard Austro-German tradition.


  • The Italian Traditions and Puccini: Compositional Theory and Practice in Nineteenth-Century Opera (2011). Indiana University Press.


  • Westrup Prize (2006) - Musicology and Critical Theory: The Case of Wagner, Adorno, and Horkheimer.[4]
  • Marjorie Weston Emerson Award (2014) - Mozart’s early chamber music with keyboard: traditions of performance, composition and commodification in Mozart’s Chamber Music with Keyboard, edited by Martin Harlow (Cambridge, 2012).[5]

In the media



  1. Davis 2014, p. 135, "Baragwanath has made a major contribution - one of the most major to date, in any language - not only to Puccini studies but also to the study of nineteenth-century Italian opera in general."
  2. University of Nottingham Faculty Profile
  3. Gjerdingen 2013, p. 127, "Taken together, these new books by Sanguinetti and Baragwanath offer us no less than a thorough reappraisal of how composition was learned by those who would actually become composers."
  4. Music & Letters Westrup Prize
  5. Mozart Society of America Marjorie Weston Emerson Award

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