Born and raised in the city of Hamburg, Alexander Rehding is the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music and currently the chair of the Music Department. Rehding's interests have focused on German music and musical thought, particularly in the 18th-20th centuries. His publications include Music and Monumentality: Commemoration and Wonderment in Nineteenth-Century Germany (2009), Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought (2003, pb 2008), and numerous articles on such figures as Beethoven, Wagner, Liszt, and Schoenberg. Other interests include music aesthetics, media archaeology, and sound studies. His current book project is tentatively calledNotes on Sound: Aesthetics and Acoustics in Nineteenth-Century Music. He is the organizer of the 2013/14 Sawyer Seminar, "Hearing Modernity."