Anne Hyland


  • Senior Lecturer in Music Analysis, Music
  • Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Coupland Street

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


ANNE HYLAND is Senior Lecturer in Music Analysis at the University of Manchester. She holds degrees from University College Dublin (BA hons, BMus, and MMus) and the University of Cambridge, where she earned her PhD in 2012, working with Prof. Nicholas Marston at King's College. From 2011-12, she was lecturer in the Music Department at Trinity College, Dublin and at Dundalk Institute of Technology before taking up a lectureship in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London (2012). She joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Manchester in 2014 and since then has held the position of Admissions Tutor for Music (2014-19) and has overseen and delivered the Analysis pathway of the curriculum from 1st year to PG level. Anne currently sits on the Peer-Review College of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and is the incoming Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music (2023-).

Anne is a musicologist and music analyst specialising in the music of the early nineteenth century, with a particular interest in chamber music and its contexts. Her research has been especially concerned with the instrumental music of Franz Schubert, exploring this repertoire from analytical, historiographical and philosophical perspectives as well as from the perspective of contemporaneous editorial practices. Her article, 'Rhetorical Closure in the First Movement of Schubert's Quartet in C Major, D46: a Dialogue with Deformation' (2009) won the Music Analysis 25th Anniversary Award. Her first monograph, Schubert's String Quartets: the Teleology of Lyric Form is due to appear in Cambridge University Press's Music in Context Series in April 2023.

Anne is the recipient of a BA/Leverhulme Research Award and a Collaborative Strategic Partnership with the University of Toronto, working with Prof. Steven Vande Moortele on a joint research project into micro-theories of Romantic form i early nineteenth-century Viennese music. 

Beyond the university, Anne is Associate Editor of Music Analysis (2020-) and has been a member of the editorial board of the journal since 2009 (as Editorial Assistant, 2009-2017, and Critical Forum Editor, 2017-20). She also sits on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum and the advisory board of the Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale (RATM), one of two journals published by the Italian Gruppo Analisi a Teoria Musicale (GATM). Anne has served on the council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and she is the current Equality and Diversity Officer for the Society for Music Analysis.

Research interests

Anne's research interests include the analysis, reception history, and editing of nineteenth-century instrumental music with a focus on chamber music. She is especially concerned with the music of Franz Schubert and his Viennese contemporaries, the analysis of sonata and variation forms, music temporality, and the intersection between music history and analysis.

She has published widely on Schubert's instrumental music from a range of analytical and philosophical perspectives in peer-reviewed journals including Music Analysis (2009 and 2021), Eighteenth-Century Music (2015), and Music Theory Spectrum (2016). She has contributed to a number of edited volumes including Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 2016); Schubert's Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016), The String Quartet: from the Private to the Public Sphere (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell and Brewer, 2019) and Schubert in Context (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

Anne’s recent research has two major streams. First, she continues to write on aspects of musical form from an analytical viewpoint in the music of Hummel (the piano trios) and Chopin (focusing on the early sonatas). She also leads a research project centring on string-quartet performance and publication in Vienna in the decades surrounding 1800. Supported by a BA/Leverhulme research grant, the project develops an historicist approach to musical analysis, focussing specifically on the Austro-Germanic tradition in early nineteenth-century Vienna. As part of this, together with a TA, she has created modern editions of six quartets by Joseph Mayseder (1789-1863). Concurrently, and following the award of an International Strategic Partnership with the University of Toronto, she is also undertaking collaborative work with Prof. Steven Vande Moortele on the project, ‘Towards a Micro-Theory of Romantic Form in Viennese Music, 1815–28’.


See also under 'Research Outputs'.


Anne is responsible for overseeing and delivering the Analysis pathway at Manchester's Music Department. She instructs courses in all undergradute years, as well as a Master's-level module focussing on analytical issues and has supervised a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation topics. Her taught courses cover such topics as Schenkerian Analysis, Formenlehre, Romantic Form, Neo-Riemannian Theory, Set Theory, Analysis of German Lieder, Historically Informed Analysis and the New Musicology.

Anyone wishing to undertake doctoral research with Anne are encouraged to contact her directly on

List of courses taught:

2016/17MUSC10022Tonality: Motive and MeaningCourse Leader
2016/17MUSC20011AnalysisCourse Leader
2016/17MUSC21022The String QuartetLecturer
2016/17MUSC30011AnalysisCourse Leader
2016/17MUSC30511Advanced Study BeethovenLecturer
2016/17MUSC40110Dissertation or Critical EditionCourse Leader
2016/17MUSC60082Case Studies in Musicology: Texts and HistoriesCourse Leader




Education/Academic qualification

Master of Music, University College Dublin

Bachelor of Music, University College Dublin

Doctor of Philosophy, Tautology or Teleology: Towards an Understanding of Repetition in Franz Schubert's Instrumental Chamber Music, University of Cambridge

External positions

Associate Editor, Music Analysis

1 May 2020 → …

Equality and Diversity Officer, Soceity for Music Analysis

1 Aug 2017 → …

Critical Forum Editor, Music Analysis, Society for Music Analysis

1 Jan 2017 → …

Editorial Assistant, Music Analysis, Society for Music Analysis

201031 Dec 2016


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