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Dr Guido Heldt


  • BS8 1SA

1991 …2020

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Research interests

Music and film has been the main field of my research for more than a decade, with work on film music and narrative theory (monograph Music and Levels of Narration in Film. Steps across the Border, 2013), on composer biopics and on musical films in Nazi cinema (and after), but also on other topics: film music by Hanns Eisler, Ennio Morricone or Michael Nyman; music in Mildred Peirce, The Truman ShowThe Blair Witch Project, Dancer in the Dark or German 60s TV series Raumpatrouille; music in romantic comedies, GDR films or films about Stonehenge. I am currently writing a monograph on music and comedy in film and narrative television, a topic that, puzzlingly, had been ignored by film music scholarship for a long time.

A second field of research has been English twentieth-century art music. I wrote my PhD dissertation on English tone poems in the early 20th century and questions of a national music at the University of Münster/Germany (published in 2007 as Das Nationale als Problem in der englischen Musik des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. Tondichtungen von Granville Bantock, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, George Butterworth, Gerald Finzi und Gustav Holst), but have also written about Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius and other aspects of British art-music history. I am currently co-director of CHOMBEC, the Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth here at the Department of Music. A long-term ambition of mine is to write a book on pastoral music, but it may be a while until that idea reaches a more concrete form.

2001-2010 I was co-editor of the cultural-studies journal Plurale. Zeitschrift für Denkversionen. Since 2006 I have been a member of the editorial team of the online journal Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung, the only academic journal for screen media musicology in German. I am also a member of the editorial board of the journal The SoundtrackWith Phil Powrie (University of Surrey), I co-edited a special issue for the journal Music, Sound and the Moving Image (vol. 8:2, 2014) on music in film and TV trailers, title sequences and end credits, and together with Peter Moormann (University of Cologne/Germany), Tarek Krohn and Willem Strank (both University of Kiel/Germany), I am co-editor of the book series FilmMusik (Munich: edition text + kritik); volumes 1, 2 and 3 on Ennio Morricone, on music in the films of Martin Scorsese and on music in film comedies have been published (2014, 2015 & 2017), the fourth volume on music in film title sequences is in preparation (for publication in 2018), and a fifth volume on sound design in film is in planning.

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Research Output

Musik im Vorspann

Heldt, G. (ed.), Krohn, T. (ed.), Moormann, P. (ed.) & Strank, W. (ed.), Mar 2020, Munich: edition text + kritik im Richard Boorberg Verlag GmbH & Co KG. 142 p. (FilmMusik; vol. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

Composer concertante. Elizabeth Maconchy’s Music for Solo Instruments and Ensemble

Heldt, G., Apr 2018, Elizabeth Maconchy. Music as Impassioned Argument. Brüstle, C. & Sofer, D. (eds.). Vienna, London, New York: Universal Edition, p. 86-123 38 p. (Studien zur Wertungsforschung; vol. 59).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Was uns die Töne erzählen. Filmmusik und Narratologie

Heldt, G., 2018, Filmmusik. Ein alternatives Kompendium. Hentschel, F. & Moormann, P. (eds.). Springer, p. 123-146 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


Power Chords. The German Schlager Film and the New World Order (lecture to the members of the society)

Guido Heldt (Speaker)

12 Dec 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

Music and the Moving Image XI

Guido Heldt (Speaker)

28 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


XI. Symposium zur Filmmusikforschung

Guido Heldt (Speaker)

22 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Supervised Work

Affective Communities: Music, Emotion, and Subjectivity in the Popular Cinema of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, 1933-1949

Author: Carter, L., 23 Jan 2019

Supervisor: Fairclough, P. (Supervisor) & Heldt, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Recognising Taiwan in Sight and Sound: Localisation in the Music of Post-TNC

Author: Chang, C., 23 Jun 2020

Supervisor: Maingard, J. (Supervisor) & Heldt, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)