Academic Background

Read music at Oxford (Organ Scholar); doctorate on the secular songs of Guillaume de Machaut (John Brookman Graduate Organ Scholar). College Lectureships in Oxford since 1995. Also at Oriel and Trinity Colleges.

Undergraduate Teaching

Techniques of Composition, History of Music, Keyboard Skills.

Research Interests

Compositional practice and choice: music before 1450 (especially French music of the 13th and 14th centuries); early Beethoven; 20th-century music (including Jazz); musical analysis and theory; composition.

Publications include:

‘”Je le temoin en mon chant”: The Art of Diminution in the Petronian Triplum’ (Catherine Bradley & Karen Desmond edd, Montpellier Fascicle 8 Conference Proceedings, forthcoming); ‘Improvisation as Composition: the recorded improvisations of Vierne and Tournemire’ (Eric Clarke & Mark Doffman edd, Distributed Creativity: collaboration and improvisation in contemporary music, 2017); Les ténèbres (trumpet and organ; Billaudot, 2017); La vie de Jean Baptiste (organ; Delatour, 2013); The Music of Herbert Howells, co-edited with Phillip Cooke (2013); Bona cadentia dictaminum: Reconstructing Machaut’s Lyric Word Setting (Music and Letters 94, 2013); ‘Struggling but failing to mask’: the Music of Mark R. Taylor (Tempo 67, 2013); Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell: Sources, Style, Performance, Historiography, co-edited with Emma Hornby (2010); Redemption and Retrospection in Jacques de Liège’s Concept of Cadentia (Early Music History 29, 2010); Lost Sounds and Found Experiences in Music 1300-1600 (Cultural and Social History 7.2, 2010); ‘En la maison Dedalus’: Musical Aesthetics in the Historicist Labyrinth (Alessandro Arbo, ed., Perspectives de l’esthétique musicale entre théorie et histoire, 2007); ‘Making the Mummies Sing’ (in Thomas Glück and Ludwig Morenz, edd., Exotisch, Weisheitlich und Uralt: Europäisch Konstruktionen Altägyptens, 2007); Machaut and the ‘Critical’ Phase of Late-Medieval Polyphony (Music and Letters 87, 2006); Accent and Metre in Later Old-French Verse: the Case of the Polyphonic Rondel (Medium Aevum 75, 2006); ‘Trespasser Mesure’: Meter in Machaut’s Polyphonic Songs (Journal of Musicology 21, 2004); Meter and Word Setting: Revising Machaut’s Monophonic Virelais (Current Musicology 74, 2002); Machaut’s ‘Parody’ Technique (Context 21, 2001)


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