Daniel Beller-McKenna

Phone: (603) 862-1667
Office: Music, Paul Creative Arts Center M116, Durham, NH 03824

Daniel Beller-McKenna teaches music history at the University of New Hampshire where he has been on the faculty since 1998. Previously he served on the faculty of the University of South Carolina.  He holds degrees in Journalism and Music from Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied classical guitar and music history, and from Harvard University where he wrote his dissertation on Brahms’s later settings of biblical texts.  His research has continued to focus on Brahms, including the 2004 monograph Brahms and the German Spirit, which examines Brahms and nationalism.  Most recently he has presented papers on the reception of Brahms’s music in France, and the use of his music in French literature and film in the mid-twentieth century.  His articles on Brahms have appeared in 19th Century Music, The Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters, and other scholarly journals.  Additionally he has published articles on John Lennon and the Beatles.  He is co-editor of For the Sake of the Song: Essays on Townes Van Zandt, which will appear in June 2022. Beller-McKenna serves on the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society, of which he was President from 2001-2007, and has served as President of the New England Chapter and on various committees of the American Musicological Society. He is active as a steel guitarist in northern New England.


  • Ph.D., Music, Harvard University
  • M.M., Music, Temple University
  • B.A., Music, Temple University

Research Interests

  • 19th century music
  • 20th century Popular music
  • Johannes Brahms

Courses Taught

  • MUSI 401: Introduction to Music
  • MUSI 403: Roots of Rock
  • MUSI 405: Survey of Music in America
  • MUSI 406: Country Music
  • MUSI 501: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 502: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 709W/809: Music of the Romantic Period
  • MUSI 955: Introduction to Bibliography

Selected Publications

Beller-McKenna, D. (2019). Driving Stones Country in Five Songs. In CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO THE ROLLING STONES (pp. 121-141). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Beller-McKenna, D. (2018). Imagination and Memory: Inter-movement Thematic Recall in Beethoven and Brahms. Nineteenth Century Music Review, 15(2).

Beller-McKenna, D. (2017). Vous souvenez-vous de Brahms? Brahms and Memory in Françoise Sagan's Aimez-vous Brahms . .. American Brahms Society Newsletter, 1-4.

Beller-McKenna, D. (2009). The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 62(3), 737-742. doi:10.1525/jams.2009.62.3.737

Beller-McKenna, D. (2005). Distance and disembodiment: Harps, horns, and the requiem idea in Schumann and Brahms. JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGY, 22(1), 47-89. doi:10.1525/jm.2005.22.1.47

Beller-McKenna, D. (2004). Brahms and the German Spirit. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

Beller-McKenna, D. (2003). The Beatles as musicians: The Quarry Men through 'Rubber Soul'. NOTES, 59(3), 614-615. doi:10.1353/not.2003.0002

Beller-McKenna, D. (2001). The rise and fall of Brahms the German. JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 20(3), 187-210. doi:10.1080/01411890108574788

Beller-McKenna, D. (1999). Beatle-John's 'alter ego' (John Lennon and his early Beatles work). MUSIC & LETTERS, 80(2), 254-268. doi:10.1093/ml/80.2.254

Beller-McKenna, D. (1998). How deutsch a requiem? Absolute music, universality, and the reception of Brahm's Ein 'Deutsches Requiem', op. 45. NINETEENTH CENTURY MUSIC, 22(1), 3-19. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Most Cited Publications