Ms Frankie Perry

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[last updated Nov 2021]


My PhD thesis, completed 2021, is titled 'Lieder Reimagined: Arrangements and Adaptations of Romantic Song in the Twenty-First Century'. I have presented related material, on reimaginings of songs by Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler, at conferences internationally and across the UK. Broader research interests include the study of musical transcription and arrangement; the scholarly, performed, and composed reception histories of nineteenth-century music; song studies; and compositional and musicological engagements with unfinished music.

On completing my thesis I began an 18-month post in the British Library's Sound Archive, as a cataloguer for classical music collections on the Unlocking our Sound Heritage project. I continue to undertake academic teaching and writing work alongside this. To contact me please use, as my RHUL addresses are now rarely checked.

In 2016 I co-founded a research network on musical transcription, arrangement, and related practices (under the acronym TAROT), which hosted a monthly reading group in London while myself and my co-convenor were PhD students. We have held an international conference at Cambridge in 2018 ('Rethinking Musical Transcription and Arrangement'), and convened panel sessions at ICMSN/SurreyMAC 2017, the RMA annual conference 2018, and the RMA's Music and Philosophy Study Group conference 2019.

Educational background

2015-2016: M.St. Musicology, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford.

2012-2015: BA (Hons), St Anne's College, University of Oxford.


I have taught lectures, seminars, and tutorials in topics of musicology and music history in various institutional settings.

In 2020-21 and 2021-22 I am a visiting tutor for St Anne's, St Hilda's, and Oriel Colleges, Oxford, and a guest lecturer for Middlesex University.

At Royal Holloway, I have led seminars for the following courses:

Studies in Music History (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21)

Introduction to Historical Musicology (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21)

Very Short History of Music (2019-20)

Contemporary Debates in Music Studies (2017-18)

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