Dr Carlo Cenciarelli

Personal profile

Carlo Cenciarelli’s research focuses on Western musical culture since 1945, and revolves around two related themes: the relationship between sound and the moving image, and the relationship between classical and popular repertoires. As a consequence, his work engages with a variety of disciplines and musical materials. His research seeks points of contact and friction between cultural studies, music analysis, film theory, music historiography, sound studies and media theory. And it is concerned with a notion of later twentieth-century music that includes J. S. Bach and Mozart, Donizetti and Verdi, alongside (and in a posthumous dialogue with) Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman, Michael Nyman and Thomas Shore, Owen Pallett and Holly Herndon.

Carlo's main publications have been on the cinematic afterlife of J. S. Bach’s music, on opera and digital culture and on the aesthetics of musical borrowing. He is currently writing a book on the representation of listening in cinema.

His essays have been published in journals including twentieth-century music, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Cambridge Opera Journal, Radical Musicology and Music and Letters. The last of these (‘"What Never Was has Ended": Bach, Bergman and the Beatles in Christopher Munch’s The Hours and Times’), won the 2014 Westrup prize. His research on opera and digital culture was awarded the ‘Premio Internazionale “Giuseppe Verdi”’ by the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani (Parma, Italy).

Carlo first joined the Department of Music in 2012 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, having previously studied at King’s College London (PhD and MMus), at the University of Southampton (BA in Music) and at the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella (Composition). Before coming to RHUL, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the analysis and history of eighteenth- and twentieth-century music at King's College London, Oxford Brookes University, University of Surrey, City University and University of Manchester.

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