Dr Antonio Cascelli


Associate Professor

Logic House
(01) 708 3733


Antonio Cascelli is a musicologist and performer specialising in piano accompaniment. His main research interest is in the history of music theory, with particular focus on analysis, theory, metaphor and performance.

Antonio studied piano in Rome with the pianist Elena Matteucci, member of the acclaimed Italian Quartetto Michelangelo and obtained the Piano Diploma in 1990. He gained his degree in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1997. In 1998 he started studying at the University of Southampton, where he first gained a Masters in Musicology with a dissertation on Claudio Monteverdi, and subsequently completed a PhD on Schenker’s unpublished analyses of the music of Chopin. During his PhD Antonio was awarded a grant from the University of Southampton and from the journal Music Analysis to pursue further PhD research at the New York Public Library.

Before joining the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in September 2008 as Lecturer in Performance Studies, Antonio worked part-time at the University of Southampton (2004-06), where he also held an Early Career Teaching Fellowship in 2006-07. In 2007-08 he held a post as Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull. He taught Baroque, Classical and Romantic music history, as well as modules on music analysis, harmony and counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis and ensemble performance.

Antonio collaborates with Radio Vaticana in Rome, Italy, for which he has recorded programmes on Schenkerian Analysis, English Art Songs, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, and Chopin.

Research: Antonio has presented papers at international conferences, including the annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America (New York, 2014; Washington, 2012), the 15th Baroque Music Conference (Southampton, 2012) the Medieval and Renaissance Conference (Birmingham, 2014; Nottingham, 2012; Certaldo, Italy, 2013), the Fourth International Schenker Symposium in New York (2006) and the Seventh and the Eighth International Academic Conferences organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Warsaw, 2007 and 2008), the Anniversary Chopin Congress in Warsaw (2010), and the 16th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music at the University of Southampton (2010).

He has published articles and reviews in Cambridge Opera Journal, Early MusicAd Parnassum, Studi Musicali, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, Music & Letters, JSM. His most recent publications include articles on Claudio Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Cambridge Opera Journal 29/2, 2017);  the importance of Chopin’s music in the development of Schenker’s analytical thought (Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium, Vol. 2, Eds. L. Poundie Burstein, Lynne Rogers and Karen M. Bottge, Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2013) and an article on architectural metaphors in Vincenzo Galilei’s Dialogo della Musica Antica et della Moderna in The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture, eds. Tim Shephard and Anne Leonard, New York, Routlegde, 2014. His book on Schenker and Chopin  has been published by the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM, 2018).
He has coordinated  the Medieval  and Renaissance Music Conference (MedRen2018) in Maynooth.

As perfomer, Antonio is active as accompanist, collaborating with singer Virginia Kerr,  Niamh Murray, Eamonn Mulhall, Dr Francesca Placanica, and cellist Dr Alison Hood.    

Research Interests

His main research interests are: music analysis, music and visual culture, performance, Claudio Monteverdi, Sixteenth-Century Italian music, Giuseppe Verdi, Italian Opera, Chopin, piano music.


Year Publication
2021 Cascelli A.; Condon D. (2021) Experiencing music and visual cultures: Threshold, intermediality, synchresis. [DOI]
2018 Antonio Cascelli (2018) Schenker's Chopin. Files from the Oster Collection. Lucca: LIM.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 Antonio Cascelli (2020) 'The experience of nature, time and lightness in Goffredo Petrassi's Laudes Creaturarum'. Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies, 50 .
2019 Cascelli A. (2019) 'L'orfeo: Memory, recollection, and the tragedy of choosing between seeing and hearing'. Philomusica, 17 :273-308. [DOI]
2017 Cascelli A. (2017) 'Place, Performance and Identity in Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda'. Cambridge Opera Journal, 29 (2):152-188. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2007) 'Analisi schenkeriana in prospettiva metaforica attraverso I Preludi no. 1, 2 , e 15, Op. 28 di Chopin'. Studi Musicali, 1 :161-189. [Full-Text]
2005 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2005) 'Noche Oscura: linguaggio della crisis, crisi del linguaggio'. Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, 4 :506-516.
2003 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2003) 'Heinrich Schenker, Chopin's Berceuse Op. 57, and the Rhetoric of Variations'. AD PARNASSUM, II :51-79.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2021 Antonio Cascelli and Denis Condon (Ed.). (2021) Experiencing Music and Visual Culture: Threshold, Intermediality, and Synchresis. London: Routledge,
2021 Christopher Morris; Antonio Cascelli (Ed.). (2021) Re-envisaging Music. Listening in the Visual Age. Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana,

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2024 Antonio Cascelli (2024) 'Tasso and the Spectatorial Gaze: from Energia to Music' In: “Qual musico gentil”: New Perspectives on Torquato Tasso and Early Modern Music Épitome musical. Turnhout - Belgium : Brepols.
2023 Antonio Cascelli (2023) 'Il Figino and the Paragone' In: Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy. New York and London : Routledge.
2023 Antonio Cascelli (2023) 'The Analogy of the Nude' In: The Museum of Renaissance Music. Turnhout - Belgium : Brepols.
2021 Cascelli A. (2021) 'Armonia, seeing and hearing in Paolo Veronese's Le nozze di Cana' In: Experiencing Music and Visual Cultures: Threshold, Intermediality, Synchresis.
2017 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2017) 'A Prelude as Postlude: A look at Schenker's graph of the last Movement of the Sonata Op. 35' In: Chopin 1810-2010 : Ideas, Interpretations, Influence. Warsaw : Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina.
2014 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2014) 'Temporality in Chopin's Prelude Op. 28, No. 5' In: Irish Music Analysis (Irish Music Studies, No. 11). Dublin : Four Courts Press.
2014 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2014) 'Visual Metaphors in Music Treatises: Metaphor as Experience in Vincenzo Galilei's Dialogo della Musica Antica e della Moderna' In: The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture. New York and London : Routledge.
2013 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2013) 'Chopin's Music in the Development of Schenker's Analytical Thought' In: Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium Volume 2. Hildesheim, Zurich, New York : Georg Olms Verlag.
2012 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2012) 'Busoni and Chopin: the 'junge Klassizität'' In: After Chopin. The Influence of Chopins' Music on European Composers up to the First World War. Warsaw : Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina.
2008 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2008) 'Chopin as salon composer: Schenker's reception of Chopin' In: Artur Szklener(Eds.). Chopin's Musical Worlds - The 1840s. Warsaw : Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 Antonio Cascelli (2019) Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy Il Figino and the Paragone University of Sheffield, UK, .
2018 Antonio Cascelli (2018) Heinrich Schenker and Chopin Invited speaker for a three-day seminar on Heinrich Schenker and Chopin Trento (Italy) - Conservatorio F. A. Bonporti, .
2018 Antonio Cascelli (2018) Analisi della musica operistica di Verdi Invited discussant in response to Prof. Sanguinetti keynote presentation on the analysis of Giuseppe Verdi' operatic music Institute of Verdian Studies - Parma (Italy), .
2017 Antonio Cascelli (2017) Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference Monteverdi's l' Orfeo and the madrigal tradition Prague, .
2017 Antonio Cascelli (2017) The Making of a genius: Claudio Monteverdi from Cremona to Mantua A paper on 'Orfeo and the madrigal tradition: between seeing and hearing' Cremona and Mantua (Italy), .
2016 Antonio Cascelli (2016) Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference Armonia, seeing and hearing in Paolo Verone's The wedding at Cana University of Sheffield, UK, .
2015 Antonio Cascelli (2015) Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference In search of musical affects: Barbaro's translation of Vitruvio's De Architectura and Ercole Bottrigari's La Mascara Brussels, .
2014 (2014) Dissonance as metaphor in L'ottuso's Nuova Pratica and the audience for the emerging operatic genre Annual Conference of the Renaissance of Soceity of America New York, .
2013 (2013) Metaphor as experience: an example from Galilei's Il dialogo della Musica Antica e della Moderna Medieval Renaissance Conference Certaldo - Italy, .
2012 (2012) Tremendum fascinosum and tremendum horrendum in music settings of Tasso's Combattimento di Tancredi Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America Washington D.C, .
2012 (2012) Venice and Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda Royal Irish Academy of Music, .
2012 (2012) Venice and Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda 15th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music University of Southampton, UK, .
2012 (2012) Era l'anima mia: a response to Cruda Amarilli and O Mirtillo Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference University of Nottingham, UK, .
2010 (2010) A prelude as a Postlude; Schenker's analyis of the last movement of Chopin' Sonata Op. 35 III International Congress at the Chopin Institute Warsaw, .
2009 (2009) Schenkerian Analysis: Linear Progression, Metaphor and Social Practice Seminar in Analysis and Composition UCD, .
2008 (2008) Chopin and Busoni VIII International Academic Conference Organised by the Chopin Institute in Poland Warsaw, .
2007 (2007) Chopin as salon composer; Schenker's Interpretation of Chopin Seventh International Academic Conference Warsaw, .
2007 (2007) Text, Music, Montage in Monteverdis madrigals Cruda Amarilli and O Mirtillo 6th European Music Analysis Conference Freiburg, .
2006 (2006) Chopin's Music in the Development of Schenker's Analytical Thought Fourth International Schenker Symposium New York - Mannes College, .
2005 (2005) Analisi: metafor e interpretazione in prospettiva schenkeriana Postgraduate Research Seminar University of Tor Vergata - Rome, .
2005 (2005) Flexible Urlinien: a reading of Schenker's graph for the last movement of CHopin's Sonata Op. 35 International Conference on Music Analysis Dublin - UCD, .
2004 (2004) Noche Oscura: Linguaggio della crisis, crisi del linguaggio Convegno Internazionale di Studi. Petrassi. L'Arte, il Tempo, le Idee Rome - Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, .
2004 (2004) Schenker and the inclusion of CHopin among the canon of German composers 13th International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music University of Durham. UK, .
2004 (2004) Schenker and the construction of Chopin as German composer Research Seminar University of Southampton, UK, .
2003 (2003) Metaphor and Synthesis in Schenker's analysis of CHopin's Scherzo OP. 31 Music Analysis Conference Hull University, UK, .
2002 (2002) Heinrich Schenker e lo Scherzo Op. 31 di Chopin VI Colloquio di Musicologia del Saggiatore Musicale University of Bologna, Italy, .
2002 (2002) La bascuta del melodramma e lo sviluppo dello spazio teatrale Research Seminar - Department of Architecture University of Rome La Sapienza, .

Book Review

Year Publication
2019 Antonio Cascelli (2019) Chopin and his world, Edited by Jonathan D. Bellman and Halina Goldberg. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017 in The Chopin Review 2. [Book Review]
2014 Cascelli, A (2014) Chopin and his Critics: An Anthology (Up to World War I). NEW YORK: [Book Review] [DOI]
2013 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2013) Mauro Calcagno, From Madrigal to opera: Monteverdi's Staging of the Self (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2012). [Book Review]
2009 Cascelli, A (2009) SchenkerGuide: A Brief Handbook and a Website for Schenkerian Analysis. MALDEN: [Book Review] [DOI]
2009 Cascelli, Antonio (2009) Nicholas Cook, The Schenker Project. Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna (2007). [Book Review] http://www.music.ucc.ie/JSMI/index.php/jsmi
2007 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2007) Claudio Monteverdi, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, ed. Alan Curtis (London: Novello, 2002). [Book Review]
2006 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2006) Fryderyl Chopin , The Complete Chopin - A new Critical Edition, Preludes Op. 28, Op. 45, ed. Jean AJacques Eigeldinger (Londond, Frankfurt, Leipzig, New York: Edition Peters, EP7532). [Book Review]


Year Publication
2021 Cascelli A.; Condon D. (2021) Introduction. [Editorial]


Year Publication
2017 Antonio Cascelli (2017) Monteverdi and the parola scenica in performance. [Reviews] [Link]


Year Publication
1999 Cascelli, A. (1999) Dissertation on Claudio Monteverdi. University of Southampton: [Thesis]

Online Multimedia

Year Publication
2019 Antonio Cascelli (2019) What opera tells us about the issues of the day’. [Online Multimedia] [Link]


Year Publication
2010 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2010) Chopin e la Francia. [Other]
2008 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2008) The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. [Other]
2007 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2007) Schenker e dintorni. [Other]
2007 Dr Antonio Cascelli (2007) The English Art Song. [Other]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Society for Musicology in Ireland Member 01/01/2009 -
Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies Associate Editor 01/11/2019 -
Irish Humanities Alliance Board Member 01/01/2015 -
GATM - Gruppo di Analisi e Teoria Musicale Board Member 01/01/2012 - 30/06/2018
RATM - Rivista di Analisi e teoria Musicale Vice-director 01/01/2011 - 30/06/2017

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2015 Publication Grant Maynooth University
01/01/2015 Publication Grant National University of Ireland
01/02/2014 Visiting Researcher Institute of Musical Research - University of London
01/09/2001 Research Grant Music Analysis
01/09/2001 Research Grant University of Southampton
01/01/2000 PhD Scholarship AHRB
01/01/1999 Southampton University MA Scholarship Southampton University


Committee Function From / To
Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference Chair 01/01/2018 - 31/07/2018
Music and Visual Culture Conference Chair 01/01/2016 - 31/07/2016
Research Cluster - Performance, Practice, Interactivity Convenor 01/01/2013 -
Euromac - VII European Music Analysis Conference Rome Board Member 01/01/2011 - 30/10/2011


Employer Position From / To
University of Hull - UK Lecturer in Music 01/09/2007 - 30/06/2008
Institute of Musical Research - University of London Tutor on 'Italian for Musicologists' 11/12/2007 - 13/12/2007
University of Southampton - UK Teaching Fellow 01/09/2006 - 30/06/2007
Bryanston School - UK Accompanist 01/09/2006 - 30/06/2007
University of Southampton - UK Teaching assistant 01/10/2005 - 30/06/2006
University of Southampton - UK Teaching Assistant 01/10/2004 - 30/06/2005


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
University of Southampton Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice and Teaching
University of Southampton PhD Music Analysis and Musicology
University of Southamtpon Master of Arts Musicology
Università La Sapienza (Rome) Laurea in Lettere e Filosopfia - Degree in Literature/Philosophy Literature and Philosophy
Conservatoire of Music (Salerno, IT) Piano Diploma Piano


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Latin Basic None None
German Basic Basic Basic

Other Activities

Lunchtime Concert (Riverstown Hall - Maynooth University, 23 February 2017): Virginia Kerr - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano. Programme: Michael Tippet's "The Heart's Assurance" and the premiere of Ryan Molloy' "Death and the Post Office" (text by Martin Dyar)
Concert (Castletown House - Celbridge, 28 August 2015): Virginia Kerr - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano.
Annual Choral Society Concert, Maynooth University (20 March 2015) Antonio Cascelli - Piano. Programme: Gioachino Rossini's "Petite messe solennelle".
Lunchtime Concert (Riverstown Hall, Maynooth University, 12 February 2015): Virginia Kerr - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano. Programme: Francis Poulenc's "Fiançailles pour rire"
Concert at Castletown House - Celbridge, 27 October 2014 Francesca Placanica - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano
Lunchtime Concert (Riverstown Hall, Maynooth University- 10 October 2013). Niam Murray - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano. Programme: Schubert's "Winterreise"
Lunchtime Concert (St'Ann's Church, Dublin, 16 May 2013): Niamh Murray - Soprano, Antonio Cascelli - Piano. Schubert's "Winterreise"

Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
Italian Institute of Culture - Dublin Civic Society Italian Institute of Culture - Dublin, 21 March 2019, World Poetry Day. Poetare e cantare sono sinonimi.
Collective Opera Ireland Civic Society Opera Collective Ireland: Claudio Monteverdi's The return of Ulysses Pre-performance talk (September 2018)
Newstalk - Talking history Civic Society Newstalk: Panelist on the 'Talking history' programme dedicated to tenor Luciano Pavarotti (May 2016)
Vatican Radio Civic Society Vatican Radio: programmes on various music topics (Schenker, English Art Songs, Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Chopin.
Music Generation Civic Society Music Generation - Facilitated the formation of an orchestra including students from Maynooth University and primary/secondary schools from the Midlands

Recent Students

Graduation date Name Degree
2018 Jennifer Halton PhD
2018 Candida Mantica Postdoctoral Research Fellow