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Dr Alexander Kolassa

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in Music in October 2018, where I have been involved in developing new music theory courses; I also contribute to teaching in music technology and the humanities. Prior to this, I completed a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Nottingham (in 2015) and then worked on research projects at the University College London and the University of Cambridge. I taught briefly at the University of Nottingham, where I designed modules in composition and musicology. 

My musical interests have been wide ranging: I have toured Mexico as a conductor of little known local opera, for example, and my own compositions have been performed by ensembles up and down the country, by both professionals and amateurs (including the Okeanos Ensemble, the Orlando Consort, and the University of Nottingham Philharmonia). My multimedia score for the immersive drama 'The Memory Dealer' contributed to that play winning a Royal Television Award in Digital Innovation. 

Research interests

My research nowadays concerns the intersections of musical modernism, medievalism (which is to say, the modern medieval imaginary), and popular culture: in the concert hall, on stage, and on screen. I co-edited the collection Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (Routledge 2018) and contributed, to that, work on British contemporary opera; I have also published articles and chapters on sound and music in film, television, and video games, as well on new developments in immersive new media.

I am currently developing a research project on medievalism and musical modernism from which I hope to publish a monograph, and presenting on that and other subjects at conferences around the world.

 

Publications

The Past is a Different Planet: Sounding Medievalism in Aleksei German’s Hard to Be a God (2018-05-17)
Kolassa, Alexander
In: Fugelso, Karl ed. Studies in Medievalism XXVII: Authenticity, Medievalism, Music. Studies in Medievalism (pp. 227-250)
ISBN : 9781843845034 | Publisher : D.S.Brewer | Published : Cambridge


Introduction to Part III (2018-05-17)
Kolassa, Alexander
In: Fugelso, Karl ed. Authenticity, Medievalism, Music. Studies in Medievalism (27) (pp. 181-182)
ISBN : 1843845032 | Publisher : Boydell & Brewer | Published : Cambridge


Music in fantasy pasts: neomedievalism and Game of Thrones (2018-02-05)
Cook, James; Kolassa, Alexander and Whittaker, Adam
In: Kolassa, Alexander; Cook, James and Whittaker, Adam eds. Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen. Ashgate Screen Music Series (pp. 229-250)
ISBN : 9781138287471 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


[Introduction] Understanding the present through the past and the past through the present (2018-02-05)
Cook, James; Kolassa, Alexander and Whittaker, Adam
In: Kolassa, Alexander; Cook, James and Whittaker, Adam eds. Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen. Ashgate Screen Music Series (pp. 1-14)
ISBN : 9781138287471 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Presentness and the past in contemporary British opera (2018-02-01)
Kolassa, Alexander
In: Cook, James; Kolassa, Alexander and Whittaker, Adam eds. Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen. Ashgate Screen Music Series (pp. 155-173)
ISBN : 9781138287471 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon and New York


Intertextuality and (modernist) medievalism in British post-war music
Kolassa, Alexander
In: Kostka, Violetta; Castro, Paulo Ferreira de and Everett, William eds. Intertextuality in Music: Dialogical Composition ((In press))
Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (2018-02-01)
Cook, James; Kolassa, Alexander and Whittaker, Adam eds.
Ashgate Screen Music Series
ISBN : 9781138287471 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon and New York