Barbara Reul

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Barbara Reul

Dr. Barbara Reul
LC 204


Dr. Reul is a full professor of musicology and teaches a variety of music courses at Luther College, ranging from music appreciation classes to graduate reading courses. She received an “Inspiring Teaching Award” in 2004 prior to being mentioned as a “Popular Prof” in McLean’s Magazine three years in a row. Dr. Reul’s main area of expertise is Baroque music, specifically musical life at the court of Anhalt-Zerbst, the German childhood home of Catherine the Great, and the life and works of Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758), a contemporary of Bach and Handel. Dr. Reul is passionate about archival research; she has presented her research all over the world and published numerous articles as well as edited books in both English and German (see publication list below). In 2005, Dr. Reul was the recipient the International Fasch Prize; this was the first time the city of Zerbst/Anhalt presented this award to a scholar based outside of Germany. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. Reul was the President of the International Fasch Society; from 2015 to 2019 she served as Vice-President and will continue as a member-at-large on its Executive Board until 2023. She has also co-edited, contributed to, and translated the IFS’s annual newsletter, Faschiana, since the late 1990s. From fall 2015 to spring 2017, Dr. Reul served as the editor of Impetus, Luther College’s webzine. In early 2017, she co-edited the final issue of Understanding Bach, the peer-reviewed web journal of the Bach Network (BN); she is currently serving as a BN council member. Moreover, Dr. Reul has been the head organist and choir accompanist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Regina, SK, for many years and enjoys volunteering her time teaching classes at the local YMCA (downtown location) as a certified Aquafit group instructor.

Courses Taught

MU 100 – Introduction to Music, Fall Semester M/W/F, 9:30-10:20 am (LC 100) - Geared towards students not majoring in music
What would life be without music? This entertaining journey into the world of Western classical art music is geared toward students with no or little musical background who wish to increase their music listening skills. We will learn about the instruments of the orchestra and basic musical elements, followed by a chronological survey of important composers (including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc.) and representative genres (chant, mass, symphony, concerto, opera, etc.). Students will write three tests throughout the semester and prepare an assignment in two parts (one will be a concert report); there will be no final exam. Study guides, assignment instructions, and lecture notes will be posted on the UR Courses website. NOTE: Attendance of local concerts featuring classical music is required. No music reading ability is necessary.

MUHI 202 – Survey: Post-1750 to Modern Period, Fall Semester M/W/F, 12:30-1:20 pm (LC 202) - Geared towards students majoring in music
Tracing the fascinating history of Western European music during the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, and developing basic listening, writing, and critical thinking skills are the main goals of this fast-paced survey course. Progress throughout the semester will be assessed via three tests. Two shorter assignments will prepare students for carrying out research on a pre-assigned topic, culminating in a short research paper and bibliography to replace the final exam. Study guides, assignment instructions, and lecture notes will be posted on the UR Courses website. Attendance of local concerts is also required. NOTE: This class is compulsory for, and geared toward, students majoring in music and music education; all registered students must have music reading skills and possess a basic knowledge of music theory.

MUHI 203 – Survey: From Chant to Baroque (last offered in Winter 2019)

MUHI 302 – Music of the Classical Period

MUHI 303 – Studies in Music of the Romantic Period

MUHI 305 – History of Canadian Music (last offered in Fall 2018)

MUHI 311 – J. S. Bach and his Contemporaries

MUHI 320AF – Schubert and the Lied

MUHI 415 – History of Performance Practice

MUHI 417AA – The Story of Opera (last offereed Winter 2019)

MUHI 418 – Music, Women and Culture

MUHI 494AA – Bibliography and Research Methods (for B.Mus./ B.A. Music History majors/B.A. Honours MAP music students only)

MUHI 495AA – Honour’s Thesis (for B.Mus./ B.A. Music History majors/B.A. Honours MAP music students only)

MU 813 – Directed Studies in Music Literature: Choral Literature (for graduate students only)

MU 815 – Graduate Bibliography (for graduate students only) (last offered in Winter 2019 semester)

Selected Recent Academic Publications

  1. Editor: Bi-lingual annual newsletter of the International Fasch Society, Faschiana 23 (Summer 2019), downloadable at
  2. Book review (in German): Land ohne Herr – Fürst ohne Hof? Friedrich August von Anhalt-Zerbst und sein Fürstentum(State without a ruler – Prince without a court? Friedrich August of Anhalt-Zerbst and his Principality), Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte Sachsen-Anhalts 15 (Halle/Saale: Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2018), in: Mitteilungen des Vereins für Anhaltische Landeskunde 27 (2018): 262-266.
  3. Editor: Conference Proceedings (in German and English): Fasch und die Konfessionen (Fasch and the confessional landscape of his day, = Fasch-Studien 14), eds. Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt and Internationale Fasch-Gesellschaft e. V. Zerbst [ed. Barbara M. Reul and Konstanze Musketa] (Beeskow: Ortus, 2017, appeared in print in September 2018), soft cover, 432 pp.,
  4. Article (in German): “Fürstliche Trauermusiken am Anhalt-Zerbster Hof vor und während der Amtszeit von Johann Friedrich Fasch" ("Princely Funeral Music at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst before and during Johann Friedrich Fasch's tenure as Kapellmeister"), in: Fasch und die Konfessionen (=Fasch-Studien 14), pp. 317-350; includes abstract in English.
  5. Scholarly translation: "'Having to perform and direct the music in the Capellmeister’s stead for two whole years: Observations on How Bach Understood His Post during the 1740s'" by Michael Maul (originally published in German in Bach-Jahrbuch 101 (2015): 75-97), in Understanding Bach 12 (2017): 37-58.

List of publications by Barbara M. Reul (in English and in German) current as of August 2019. Please email barbara.reul (at) if you are interested in specific articles and do not have access to electronic databases or print publications through your university library.