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Dr Kenneth Smith PhD

Senior Lecturer in Music, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, School of the Arts Lead for Admissions, Recruitment & Widening Participation Music

Biography

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 major international 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 based. Kenneth is also interested in the analysis of popular music with a co-edited book (The Routledge Companion to Expanding Approaches to Popular Music) due in 2018, and has published on form and harmony in Modest Mouse and Suede. As trustee for events in 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.

Administrative Roles

  • Admissions Tutor in Music,
  • Admissions, Recruitment Lead for School of the Arts
  • Vice-President / Events Officer for Society for Music Analysis,

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