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- University of Oxford
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- Classical music, Scandinavia, 20th century music
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- I'm always happy to chat to journalists & producers. Fastest way to contact me is by email.
- About Me
I’m a music historian specialising in the early twentieth century. I’m most interested in untold and forgotten histories, and specialise in music from Scandinavia.
I was selected as a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker in 2016 so regularly talk on the BBC about my research, and won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism 2015 for an article on the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. I have appeared on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, and Radio Oxford, and have written for publications including the Observer and Huffington Post.
Currently I’m researching women composers in the early twentieth century, and music for Shakespeare plays in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
More information about my work is available on my blog, and I also run a podcast on music history (notesonnotespodcast.com).
- Recent Publications
‘“Clear, happy, and naïve”: Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Music for As You Like It’, Music & Letters, Vol. 99/3 (Aug. 2018), pp. 352-385
‘“I’ll charm the air to give a sound”: Shakespeare on the Scandinavian stage’, The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare and Music (Oxford University Press). Forthcoming 2019-20
‘“Therefore speak as little as possible”: Ture Rangström’s music for Till Damaskus (III)’, Music and the Nordic Breakthrough (Boydell & Brewer). Forthcoming 2019-20
‘Amanda Maier: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Piano Quartet in E Minor, Swedish Tunes and Dances; Sonata for Violin and Piano, Four Songs; Works for Piano’, 19th-Century Music Review. Forthcoming 2019
‘BBC Proms 2015: Gary Carpenter, Anders Hillborg, Ørjan Matre, Alissa Firsova, B Tommy Andersson’, TEMPO, Vol. 70/275, January 2016, pp. 84-5
‘Harrison Birtwistle Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London’, TEMPO, Vol. 69/272, April 2015, pp. 61-2
August Brunius trans. Leah Broad: ‘Aesthetic table-talk’, IRIS II (Oxford, Hurst Street Press, 2016)
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- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, 20th century
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