Department of Music

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Research in Music at Bristol encompasses composition, musicology and performance. We recognise these fields as being of equal importance, and staff research often falls within more than one area.

We enjoy a vibrant research culture in the department, and our academic staff are all internationally recognised scholars in their respective fields who collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and institutions, and with practitioners.

Our key strands of research include the following:

  • Composition, both acoustic and studio;
  • Music, politics and society (music and cultural transfer; transnationality and colonialism; reception studies; music, revolution and totalitarianism);
  • Music and intermediality (popular music, especially hip hop; opera studies; film music; medieval music, text, visual and material cultures);
  • Music as performance (historical performance practice; medieval oral transmission).

Our combined expertise covers repertories and histories across 1,000 years and embraces a diverse range of methodologies and approaches.

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