Program of Liberal Studies
Department of Music
B.A., Music, Jesus College, University of Oxford; M.St., Musicology, Merton College, University of Oxford; M.A./Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Harvard University
Christopher Chowrimootoo’s research is located at the intersection between the history, historiography and aesthetics of musical modernism, and seeks to put pressure on common assumptions about a so-called “great divide” between modernism and mass culture. This involves reviving mid-twentieth-century ideas about “middlebrow” culture and aesthetics, as well as offering materialist revisions to traditional modernist histories. Both approaches come together in his book project, Middlebrow Modernism: Britten’s Operas and the Great Divide, which examines the production and reception of Britten’s operas as a case study for the wider ways in which twentieth-century composers, critics and audiences mediated and confused the “great divide”.
His publications include articles and essays in Eighteenth-Century Music, Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and Twentieth-Century Music. His article "Bourgeois Opera: Death in Venice and the Aesthetics of Sublimation" was awarded both the Royal Musical Association's Jerome Roche Prize (for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career) and the Kurt Weill Foundation Prize (for outstanding scholarship in music theater since 1900).
Chowrimootoo holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Music and is a Faculty Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He also teaches in the Master (MSM) and Doctoral (DMA) programs of Sacred Music at Notre Dame.
215 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5639