About Edward Venn
I am Associate Professor of Music at the University of Leeds, having previously worked at Lancaster University (2001-13). My research focuses on the analysis and interpretation of twentieth-century and contemporary music, with a particular interest in the work of British composers. Recent publications include articles and book chapters on the music of Thomas Adès, Harrison Birtwistle, Simon Holt, David Matthews and Michael Tippett; current activity takes in the work of Julian Anderson, Michael Finnissy, Thomas Adès, and the documentaries of composers by the director Barrie Gavin. I am an advisor and regular contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Associate Editor of the journal Music Analysis, and am on the editorial board of the Journal of Music and Meaning. My second monograph, Thomas Adès: Asyla (Landmarks in Music Since 1950), supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, was published in 2017 by Routledge, who have also recently issued my The Music of Hugh Wood (Ashgate, 2008) in paperback.
I hold an LRSM in conducting, and have remained an active performer alongside his academic career. I have directed a range of ensembles based in North Yorkshire, Birmingham and the North-West of England, performing repertoire from 1500 to the present day.
Music since 1900 (including popular music)
Pedagogy of music analysis
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