Department: Music History
Phone: (206) 543-9403
Stephen Rumph teaches courses on Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Bach, Verdi, Wagner, music and politics, opera, rhetoric, and semiotics. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, writing a Beethoven dissertation with Joseph Kerman. He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002.
Rumph's book Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works (University of California Press, 2004) offers a political interpretation of late Beethoven illuminated by the writings of the German Romantics. A new book, Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics, is in production with UC Press. It pioneers a "historically-informed" semiotics of music for Mozart, based upon eighteenth-century sign and language theory. His next project will be a study of Gabriel Fauré's mélodies.
Rumph has published articles in the Journal of the Royal Music Association, Music and Letters, Beethoven Forum, 19th-Century Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, and The Journal of Musicology, as wells as reviews in JAMS, JRMA, Beethoven Forum, the Cambridge Opera Journal, and Journal of Musicological Research. He has given invited papers at Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, Duke, University of British Columbia, University of Nottingham, and various conferences and music festivals. He served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum (2005-2008).
Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor. He has sung with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Valley Opera, Berkeley Opera, and other opera companies and orchestras through the Puget Sound and San Francisco Bay Area. His resumé can be found at http://northwestartists.org.