Jonathan Cross death and obituary, especially Stravinsky and Birtwistle
I became a member of Christ Church in 2003, following my tenure at the Universities of Sussex and Bristol. My expertise encompasses various areas within 20th-century and contemporary music, alongside theoretical and analytical perspectives. Currently, my research primarily revolves around the exploration of the latest developments in French music, with a specific focus on the “Spectrumism” movement. My academic pursuits delve into the intricate relationship between modernist music and its historical, cultural, and social contexts, elucidating the intricate expressions embedded within the compositions.
In addition to my role as the editor of Music Analysis magazine, I am currently serving as the co-editor of Grove Music Online. I am actively engaged as a research assistant within the “Analysis of Musical Practices” team at IRCAM in Paris. Beyond my academic commitments, I frequently participate in various events hosted by esteemed organizations such as the Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia, and the London Sinfonietta. I am also a regular guest on BBC Radio 3.
At Christ Church, my teaching portfolio spans diverse historical themes, music analysis, musical thought, and musicology from the 18th century onwards. I am actively involved in guiding students through their theses and academic projects.
My extensive publication record includes approximately 70 articles across multiple journals, anthologies, and diverse publications. I also contribute writings for broader audiences, such as articles featured in program booklets and CD liner notes. My research interests specifically focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on renowned figures like Stravinsky and Birtwistle. Additionally, I am deeply engaged with the study of spectral music, modernism, as well as theoretical and analytical inquiries.