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Working on operatic versions of Hamlet

Australian composer Brett Dean’s operatic version of Hamlet was premiered at Glyndebourne in June.  It’s a bold new work, which has received many very favourable reviews. Current MA student Nick Arratoon has taken the decision to include this piece within his dissertation. Here … Continue reading

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Sue Elliott (MA Open) has conference paper accepted

One of the MA graduates of 2016, Sue Elliott, has had a paper accepted for a leading conference, the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music. Sue’s MA dissertation forms the basis of her conference paper,’Women Composers and the … Continue reading

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MA students writing online

Across the MA in Music, Open University students have the opportunity to develop different writing styles, with the chance to submit assignments that include blogs, concert reviews, CD liner notes, programme notes, online journal articles, encyclopedia entries, review articles, colloquy discussion pieces, lecture-recitals and conference papers. A number of this year’s … Continue reading

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MA Study Day

On Saturday 17 of the students from the two year groups of the MA met in Milton Keynes for a Study Day. In the morning those who’ve just finished A873 were first introduced to the second module and then spent … Continue reading

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June Academic of the Month: Fiona Richards

I work across the department’s curriculum, and in particular on the MA in Music. Students on Part 1 of the MA have just finished this module, while the Part 2 students are working towards submitting their dissertations. We’ve seen some wonderful, … Continue reading

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New MA in Music from October 2014

Here is advance notice of the new MA in Music, which will be taught and assessed entirely online. The first part of the MA, A873, is a 60-credit module which introduces a wide range of music research skills in the context of the … Continue reading

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Theosophy and music: the composer Edmund Rubbra

Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts in the Modern World This conference will be held 25–27 September at the University of Amsterdam.  It is the first to be organised by a newly established research network set up jointly by the … Continue reading

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Katia Chornik: After her PhD

Katia Chornik, who completed her PhD with the Open University’s Music and English departments in 2010, is now developing her research in Manchester. She’s moved on from her thesis on the role of music in the novels of Alejo Carpentier to … Continue reading

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Music and Image

There will be a research day on the theme of Music and Image on Tuesday 27 March. Further details to follow.

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David Grant completes PhD on William Wallace

Postgraduate student David Grant has completed his doctorate on William Vincent Wallace’s opera Maritana. This was one of the most popular and successful operas composed in the middle of the nineteenth century and one of the few works by a … Continue reading

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