Frederic Kiernan

Frederic Kiernan is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and a research assistant to Professor Jane Davidson at the Melbourne node of CHE. His PhD research explores historical and contemporary emotional engagement with the music of Dresden-based Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745). His thesis traces the ‘afterlife’ of Zelenka’s music and reputation through a series of snapshots from eighteenth-century Dresden to present-day Melbourne, in order to demonstrate how emotional investment in music, and emotional responses to it, are shaped by cultural, social and political regulation of musical practices.

Frederic’s MMus thesis presented a critical edition of Zelenka’s six settings of Ave regina coelorum (ZWV 128), which will be published as a single volume by A-R Editions (Wisconsin) in 2018. Other research projects have focussed on methodological links between music psychology and history of emotions literature, and the transmission of musical styles and practices from Vienna to Dresden in the eighteenth century.



Historical and Contemporary Emotional Engagement with the Music of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)


Jane W. Davidson
Janice B. Stockigt
David R. M. Irving

Peer-reviewed Publications

Kiernan, F., ed. Jan Dismas Zelenka: Six Settings of 'Ave Regina Coelorum' (ZMW 128). Wisconsin: AR-Editions, 2018.

Stockigt, J. B., A. Frampton and F. Kiernan. ‘Zelenka, Jan Dismas.’ Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (forthcoming, 2017).

Davidson, J. W., F. Kiernan and S. Garrido. ‘Introducing a Psycho-Historical Approach to the Study of Emotions in Music: The Case of Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda’. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1 (2017): 29–60.

Kiernan, F. 'Zelenka Reception in the Nineteenth Century: Some New Sources’. Clavibus unitis 5 (2015): 91–96.

Kiernan, F.. 'Zelenka’s Ave regina coelorum settings (ZWV 128) of 1737: A Case Study in the Transmission of Viennese Liturgico-musical Practices to Dresden.' Context: A Journal of Music Research 37 (2012): 55–76.

Conference reports

Kiernan, F. and S. Hogan. 'Report on the Melbourne Bach Forum held by the Australian Bach Society, July 2014'. Bach Notes: The Journal of the London Bach Society, Autumn 2014, 5.

Conference papers presented

Kiernan, F. 'Zelenka Reception in the Nineteenth Century: Some New Sources’. Paper presented at the conference Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Life and Music Reconsidered, Prague, 15 October 2015.

Kiernan, F. ‘“Gruesomely Splendid”: Zelenka’s Requiem setting (ZWV 46) of 1733 and the Politics of Catholic Grief and Mourning in Lutheran Saxony’. Paper presented at the collaboratory 'Practising Emotions: Place and the Public Sphere', The University of Melbourne, 6–8 August 2015.

Kiernan, F. ‘Towards a Reception History of Zelenka’s Sacred Music’. Paper presented at a Colloquium on Baroque Music, Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg, Germany, 29 June 2015.

Kiernan, F. ‘“Sweet Music”: Marian Antiphons and the Promulgation of Habsburg Catholic Piety in Lutheran Saxony, 1708–1765’. Paper presented at the Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Australian National University, Canberra, 3–5 December 2012.

Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions PhD Travel Fellowship (2017)
Endeavour Research Fellowship, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg (2015)
Australian Postgraduate Award (2014)
John Hodgson Scholarship, The University of Melbourne (2010)
Ormond Exhibition, The University of Melbourne (2010)


The Fredly Digest (A blog of my Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2015)