Dr David Curran

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Research interests

David Curran read music as an undergraduate at the University of Bristol before going on to Royal Holloway College, University of London where he studied for a master’s in Advanced Musical Studies and continues to study for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Mark Berry and Prof. Stephen Downes. He is a secretary and founding member of the RHUL-based reading group, Critical Theory for Musicology, and helped to organise the group’s first conference, in association with the IMR and the RMA, in July 2016.

His research so far examines intersections between music analysis and the history of ideas, with a particular focus on the symphonies, operas and aesthetic ideas of Hector Berlioz. It draws on a wide range of music analytical techniques such as Schenkerian analysis, Sonata Theory (after Hepokoski and Darcy), and semiotic and narratological approaches to music. Music analytical observations give rise to excursions into a wide range of philosophical, historical and literary sources, including, primarily, the work of Rousseau, Schiller, Hegel and Freud.

David became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. He has been employed as a Teaching and Marking Assistant at RHUL on a first-year course on historical musicology (Introduction to Historical Musicology) and two courses in music analysis, one first and one second year (Theory and Analysis and Studies in Music Analysis).


Crosslands Scholarship Maintenance and Fee Award

Educational background

Royal Holloway College, University of London - MPhil/PhD in Musicology (2013-)

Royal Holloway College, University of London - MMus Musicology (2011-2012). Dissertation: 'The Third Way? Berlioz and the Twin Styles'.

University of Bristol - BA (hons) Music (2007-2010). Dissertation: 'Form, Allusion and Gesture in Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartets 9-15'.

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