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Professor Kenneth Smith PhD

Professor of Music Theory Music


Personal Statement

Kenneth has worked at Liverpool since 2011 after holding posts at Keele and Durham (where he completed his PhD in 2009). His first book, 'Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire' was published early in 2013, and he has published essays in music journals on Alexander Skryabin, Karol Szymanowski, Charles Ives and Alexander von Zemlinsky. In addition to his interest in Western art-music from the turn of the twentieth century, Kenneth specializes in music theory. His next book, 'Desire in Chromatic Harmony' (Oxford University Press) is to be a psychological model of twentieth century harmony that examines works by a range of composers, setting these into theoretical and philosophical contexts. Kenneth is also interested in the analysis of popular music with a co-edited book (The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches, 2018) containing a chapter on Arab Strap, and he has published on form and harmony in Modest Mouse (2014) and Suede (2017). As President of the Society of Music Analysis, Kenneth co-organised the popMAC conference at Liverpool in 2014, the RMA2017 conference in Liverpool, and assists with running conferences with the SMA throughout the year.