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Dr Malcolm Miller

Malcolm Miller

Profile summary

  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Music
  • m.b.miller

Professional biography

I am a musicologist and pianist and have taught as an Associate Lecturer in London Region (01) since 1991. I currently tutor the A342 Central Questions in the study of Music having previously taught A224 ‘Inside Music’, A214 ‘Understanding Music’ (for its entire duration) and A341 ‘Beethoven’, as well as some lively music summer schools!

My current research project is a book Wagner and Song:  the Wesendonck Lieder in Context based both on my doctoral thesis at King’s College, London and more recent research. For the Wagner Bicentenary events in 2013, I presented a paper at the Leeds University international conference ‘Richard Wagner's Impact on His World and Ours’, and convened a panel on Wagner and Israel, also accompanying an Israeli opera singer in a Wagner song recital. I published an article on the Zurich Wagner Festival in the TLS in July 2013, and more recently two major articles in The Wagner Journal.

My research on Beethoven involves a focus on the structural significance of register, whilst my Beethoven courses at City Lit (where I teach theory and music appreciation) have focused on unfamiliar aspects such as the Bonn years and the Congress of Vienna period 1814-16; I am editor of Arietta, Journal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

As a regular contributor to journals and magazines including Tempo and Musical Opinion I regularly write about new music and teach related courses at City Literary Institute and Goldsmiths College (‘London: World’s Musical Capital’).

Educational qualifications

  • Ph.D, King’s College London (Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder)
  • M.Mus, Theory & Analysis, Kings College London (Beethoven’s Egmont Overture)
  • ARCM (Piano Performance); LGSM (Piano Teaching)
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Sussex.

Publications

Books and book projects

Wagner and Song: The Wesendonck Lieder in Context (In preparation).

Art Musics of Israel (Contributing Editor; Brepols; forthcoming)

Mediterranean Muse: Piano Music by Four Generations of Composers in Israel (Jewish Music Institute, SOAS, U. of London, 2005; part of a Millennium Award project.)

The Accordion in all its Guises – Editor (and commissioning editor) of a special issue of Musical Performance – (2002, Harwood Academic, Taylor & Francis); contributor of the Introduction and one article translation. Combines World and Classical Music.

Journal editor

Arietta – Journal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vols. 1-8, 1999-2014; Vol.9 in preparation

Book chapters and dictionary entries

‘Jewish Influences in the Music of Berthold Goldschmidt’ in Berthold Goldschmidt’ (Toccata Press, forthcoming)

‘Bloch Reception and Wagner: refutation or vindication?’, in Bloch Studies, ed. A Knapp, CUP, forthcoming, 2016)

The ‘Ud as a symbol of Middle Eastern Cultural Dialogue: Radical Fusions in Recent Concert Music in Israel’, in ICONEA 2011, Proceedings of the International Conference of Near-Eastern Archaeomusicology, held at Senate House, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, December, 1-3, 2011, Edited by Richard Dumbrill, 2014

‘Music as Memory: British Émigré Composers and their Wartime Experience’, in The Impact of Nazism on Twentieth-Century Music,  ed. Erik Levi, Böhlau Verlag, 2014

'Peak Performance: Register and Structure in Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets Op.59’ in Beethoven’s String Quartet, ed. William Kinderman, U of Illinois Press 2005

MGG (2000-8) – New edition: entries on selected British 20th century composers

‘Late Romantic Personalities’in Classical Music Encyclopaedia (Harper -Collins, 2000; Flame, 2004)

‘Felix Mottl’, entry in New Grove Dictionary of Opera

Numerous regular reviews and articles for journals such including: Musical Opinion, Tempo (c. 100 articles/reviews 1986-2015), Classical Music, Classical Piano, Piano Journal (EPTA), International Piano Quarterly, Arietta, The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Renaissance, Musica Judaica. Also much published in The Strad, Musical Times, Music Teacher, Opera Now, Opera, The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Times Literary Supplement, The European, Choir & Organ and other journals. And on-line journal Music and Vision Daily, URL: www.mvdaily.com

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II (2001) - Original articles and revisions on 20th century British composers and 19th century German composers.

Articles in journals

"This Round of Songs": Cyclic Coherence in the Wesendonck Lieder', The Wagner Journal, Vol. 9, no.3, November 2015

‘Spinning the Yarn: Intertextuality in Wagner's Use and Reuse of his Songs in his Operas’, The Wagner Journal, Vol 8 no.2, July 2014

'View from the Top: High Registral Structure in Beethoven's Diabelli Variations Op.120', Arietta, Journal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vol. 8, 2014

‘Resonance and Distance: Simon Bainbridge in Conversation’, Tempo, Volume 67, Issue 265,  July 2013, pp 37-49

Assorted book reviews (2007-13) for Music & Letters (Michael Nyman);  19th Century Music Review (Wagner and Zurich); Nations and Nationalism (Israeli National Identity); Journal of Popular Music Studies (Israeli Popular Music);

‘Between Two Cultures: A Conversation with Shulamit Ran’, Tempo, Volume 58, Issue 227, January 2004, pp 15-32

‘Creative Recomposition: Beethoven’s Bonn Piano Quartets and the early Viennese Piano Sonatas’, in Arietta – Journal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vol.4, Spring 2004

‘The Shofar and Its Symbolism’, Historic Brass Society Journal 14, 2002

'Recent Cello Music by Graham Whettam', Tempo, 216 (Apr., 2001), pp. 31-36

'Beethoven and his Jewish Contemporaries', in Shofar, Vol 18 no.4, Summer 2000 (U of Nebraska Press)

‘Leopold Mozart’s influence on Mozart’s early Piano Sonatas’, Piano Journal, January 1997

 ‘From Liszt to Adams II’, Tempo 179, Dec 1991; ‘From Liszt to Adams I’, Tempo 175, Dec 1990

‘Multivalency and Comparative Analysis: aspects of Musical Postmodernism’, Studies in Music, 21, 1987

‘Schenkerian Analysis: A Practical Introduction’ (Report), Music Analysis 5:1, 1986

Conference papers since 2000

‘Structure and Style at the Summit: High Register in Beethoven’s ‘experimental’ Piano Sonatas Op.90 and Op.101’, KeeleMAC 2015, July 2015, Keele University

‘Innovation and Inspiration: New Works for the Synagogue by Composers of Art Music in Britain’,  Magnified & Sanctified: The Music of Jewish Prayer - International Conference, Leeds University Music Dept., June 2015

‘Letters from the Front: Paul Frankenburger (Ben-Haim’s) early unpublished correspondence with Otto Crusius (1857-1918)’, World Jewish Studies Congress, Jerusalem, August 2013

‘The music of the Shofar: ancient symbols, modern meanings.’, ICONEA conference, IMR, Senate House, London November 2012

‘Contesting cultures of East and West: Symbiosis of middle-eastern instruments and identities in vocal and chamber music from Israel’, International Musicological Society Conference, Rome, June 2012

‘Cultures and Contrasts of East and West: The symbiosis of Middle-eastern and European elements in piano trios by composers in Israel over four generations.’ for the IMR Conference on The Piano Trio, London, November 2010

‘Bloch Reception and Wagner: refutation or vindication?’: for the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2009

‘Music as Memory: British Émigré Composers and their Wartime Experience’, presented at ‘Music in Exile’ conference, Institute of Musicological Research, Senate House, 8 April 2008

‘New Music at the Proms: Patronage or Patronizing?’, Conference - ‘The Proms and British Musical Life’, BBC, King’s College London, British Library, 23-25 May 2007

‘Wagner and the Leitmotif of Love: The Wesendonck Lieder and their reworking in Tristan und Isolde’, lecture delivered for the Open University at Durham University, July 2005 and at Bayreuth University, as part of ‘Wagner: Music, Aesthetics, Politics ~ International Seminar’ presented by the University of Illinois, August 2005.

‘Stars and Stripes of David: the Impact of America on Contemporary Israeli Music’, paper at Milken Archive International Conference on 350 years of American-Jewish Music, New York, November 2003 (JTS, Mannes College).

‘Creative Recomposition: Beethoven’s Bonn Piano Quartets and the early Viennese Piano Sonatas’, Beethoven and the Creative Process, International Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, May 2003.

‘Mediterranean Muse: Recent Piano Music from Israel’ and ‘East and West: Piano Music by Three Generations of Composers in Israel’; two lecture-recitals at the LJCC, c/o King’s College, London in November 2002 and June 2003.

'Im Treibhaus and Tristan: Self quotation in the music of Richard Wagner' (Conference at Dublin University, on German Literature and Music, Dec 2000)

'Cristofori - A Eulogy' (McMaster University, Oct.2000, part of Piano 300 anniversary in Great Romantics Festival, Hamilton Ontario, director Alan Walker)

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