The Musicology and Composition research cluster comprises scholars and instrumental composers. It fosters strong links with composers in the Sonic Arts research cluster as well as a wide range of humanities researchers in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
The Musicology cluster has strengths in canonic or significant figures of the eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, notably:
- JS Bach
- Arnold Bax
- Edward Elgar
- GF Handel
- WA Mozart
- Thomas Moore
We offer wide-ranging support in the study of British composers generally as well as music in Ireland.
Other areas covered include:
- Contemporary music
- Contemporary performance practice
- Critical studies of gender and race
- Critical/cultural studies in music
- Irish traditional music, local history and sources
- Social and institutional history
- Sonic arts musicology
- Sound installation art
- The 18th-century London stage
The PhD in Composition is part of the practice-led research activities that take place within the School. Student composers work in a vigorous and diverse community across a broad range of creative practice from acoustic composition through to creative work in sonic arts. Instrumental composition students are afforded significant opportunities for workshop contact with visiting international artists, and with the Ulster Orchestra.
"Undertaking a PhD at Queen's has encouraged me to be a more reflective, rigorous, and articulate composer and researcher. I've worked with well-respected composers and ensembles, including Michael Finnissy and The Royal String Quartet. I've participated in a residency in Sibiu, and a summer school at its 'Northern Bridge' partner Doncaster."Student
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