My Work Focuses on: 
genre, intertextuality, and subjectivity in French modernist musics
My Other Interests Include: 
the pastoral tradition, Queer Musicology, American minimalism and its legacy, music and hermeneutics, history of the discipline, music theory and analysis.


More about Campbell Shiflett


M.A. in Musicology, Princeton University, 2018

B.A. (with distinction) in Music and Linguistics, University of Virginia, 2015


Campbell Shiflett studies how music is implicated in the construction of identity. His research on a variety of twentieth-century idioms questions how musical genres, intertextual references, and historical canons can bring meaning to musicians and their listeners. In doing so, he asks too how attending to musical hermeneutics can encourage ongoing reflections on the styles, texts, and canons of music criticism.

His current research focuses on the significance of the pastoral in French music composed between the two World Wars, particularly as works engaging with this tradition offer valuable lessons about the meaning of modernity. His dissertation considers how a greater appreciation of the pastoral evocations of Maurice Ravel’s works can inform a more nuanced understanding of the composer’s purported artificiality and of the vicissitudes of music historiography that produced this characterization. Alongside this, he has written on the queer self-allusions in a piano pastorale by Francis Poulenc, in an essay that appeared in the Journal of Musicology.

Campbell has presented his research on Ravel, Poulenc, and Satie at national and international conferences. He has also given papers on the significance of genre in the interpretation of American post-minimalist music, considering the meaning of elegy in the music of Nico Muhly and the appropriation of works by John C. Adams in recent film.

His article on the musicological significance of a poem about Beethoven’s Ninth by Adrienne Rich recently appeared in Current Musicology.

Recognition & Awards

Dean's Completion Fellowship, Princeton University, 2021-2022

Arthur Mendel Fellowship, Princeton University, 2016-2021

Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize, University of Virginia, 2015

Echols Scholar, University of Virginia, 2012-15


"The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, Its Rich History," Current Musicology 107 (2020): 6-28.

"'Au Fond d'un Placard': Allusion, Narrative, and Queer Experience in Poulenc's Ier Nocturne," The Journal of Musicology 37 (2020): 197-230. Publication supported by the Publications Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Magician of Sound: Ravel and the Aesthetics of Illusion, by Jessie Fillerup.” Forthcoming in Music & Letters 102 (2021).

"Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1890-1930, by Samuel N. Dorf," Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 76 (2020): 433-436.