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Durham University



Mr James Strowman

Member of the Department of Music

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James’s PhD thesis examines how the music of Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) engages with social, cultural, and political concerns in France since 1945. More specifically, the thesis investigates how the reoccurring trope of memory in this repertoire’s critical reception can be grounded historically in relation to Dutillieux’s preoccupations with French cultural and political resistance during the Second World War. 

Prior to his doctoral studies, James completed a BA (2014) and MA (2015) at Durham. His MA thesis explored the notions of understanding and complexity in relation to the music of Pierre Boulez. He is the recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship.

Research Interests

  • Music and memory
  • Music, politics, and existential philosophy
  • Musical modernisms
  • The ‘Resistance’ in French culture 1939 to the present
  • The music of Henri Dutilleux