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 (last offered in Fall 2019)

MUHI 202 – Survey: Post-1750 to Modern Period (last offered in Fall 2019)

MUHI 203 – Survey: From Chant to Baroque: Winter 2020, M/W/F, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. – geared toward students majoring in music/music education. In this survey course, we will examine Western Classical art music and its changing role in society. The focus will be on the evolution of style, repertoire, and aesthetics in music from the Middle Ages (Chant) to the late Baroque (J.S. Bach and contemporaries). Students will sharpen a variety of academic skill sets throughout the semester, including listening, writing (with the help of LCUR “Writing Across the Disciplines” Coordinator Professor Scott J. Wilson), and presenting on an assigned topic in class. NOTE: Attendance of concerts is required.

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 offered Winter 2019)

MUHI 418 – Music, Women and Culture: Winter 2020, M/W/F, 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – geared toward students majoring in music/music education.The goal of this seminar course is to explore critically what, and question how women have contributed – especially as composers, performers, teachers, listeners, and muses – to musical traditions and cultures of the past and present. Students will hone their oral, listening, and writing skills and prepare a semester-long scholarly journal meant to facilitate new portals of understanding in lieu of tests and exams. NOTE: Attendance of concerts off-campus is required. Non-music majors who wish to take this class as an elective should contact the instructor directly; the completion of MU 100 or MUHI 202/203 will be an asset.

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 809AC - Current Issues in Musicology (offered in Winter 2020)

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 early January 2020. Please email if you are interested in specific articles and do not have access to electronic databases or print publications through your university library.