Musicological Society of Australia
The MSA is the pre-eminent organisation for music research in Australia.
Membership is open to all interested parties anywhere in the world. Membership includes a subscription to the journal Musicology Australia.
Welcome to the website of the Musicological Society of Australia (MSA).
This website provides information about the society, including the constitution, committee membership and annual general meeting (AGM). There is advice on MSA membership and details about the MSA annual conference and study days.
The website also highlights relevant publications, including the MSA’s journal Musicology Australia, which is published by Taylor & Francis.
29 November – 2 December 2023, The University of Adelaide
Open Borders: The Future of Music Research
Musicology Australia is the scholarly journal of the Musicological Society of Australia. Since its inception in 1963, the journal has published articles on all aspects of music research, especially ethnomusicology and musicology, which marks it out from most other music journals.
Latest articles published in Musicology Australia
- Desire in Chromatic Harmony: A Psychodynamic Exploration of Fin de Siècle Tonality. Oxford Studies in Music Theoryby Federico FavaliTheory, Analysis and Composition, Conservatorio di Alessandria, Alessandria, ItalyFederico Favali graduated in 2004 in piano and in 2008 in musicology and studied composition in Italy, England, United States, and Argentina. His music has been performed at may international festivals. In 2014 his opera The Fall of the House of Usher premiered at the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca (Italy). As a musicologist, he mainly deals with the musical analysis of contemporary music. His fields of research are the music of György Ligeti, the music of Thomas Adès, the relationships between mathematics and music, and the work of Jorge Luis Borges. on 16 August 2023
- Defining the Discographic Self: Desert Island Discs in Context (Proceedings of the British Academy 211)by Gillian DooleyCollege of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Woodville, South Australia, AustraliaGillian Dooley is an Honorary Associate Professor in English literature at Flinders University in South Australia. Her research interests include the works of Jane Austen, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, and J.M. Coetzee, as well as the life and work of maritime explorer Matthew Flinders, and she has published a number of books and essays on these topics. She is also a musician and often researches and writes about the links between music and literature. A large project, completed in 2021, was the detailed indexing of the contents of Jane Austen’s music collection for the University of Southampton Library catalogue. Her most recent books are Matthew Flinders: The Man Behind the Map (Wakefield Press) and Iris Murdoch: Music, Sounds, and Silences (Palgrave Macmillan), both published in 2022, and She Played and Sang: Jane Austen and Music is due out from Manchester University Press in 2024. on 18 July 2023
- La Musique religieuse en France au XIXe siècle. Le sentiment religieux entre profane et sacré (1830–1914)by Robert James StoveMusicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, AustraliaRobert James Stove obtained his PhD from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2021, his doctoral thesis having been devoted to Stanford’s organ works. The author of César Franck: His Life and Times (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012), he is also a regular church and concert organist, whose playing is available on four CDs. Of those, the third (Ars Organi, 2021) is called French Romantic Church Music: Alexandre Guilmant and his Circle. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org on 12 July 2023
- French Musical Life: Local Dynamics in the Century to World War IIby Madeline RoycroftUniversity of Melbourne, Melbourne, AustraliaMadeline Roycroft recently completed a PhD in musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the reception of Dmitri Shostakovich’s music and its intersection with politics in twentieth-century France. Madeline coordinates the editorial committee of Context: Journal of Music Research, and her research has recently been published in Twentieth-Century Music. She tutors and lectures in music history at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and is research assistant at the Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre Archive, University of Melbourne. on 12 July 2023
MSA members can access Musicology Australia by signing in at the top-right of this page, and visiting the Members Area.
The MSA also supports a group called MSA Forum on the platform Humanities Commons, which members can use to communicate with one another and make announcements. The group is unmoderated and anybody can join. View instructions on how to do so here.
Further advice is available about how to use the forum functions.
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