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Durham University



Dr Ian Dickson, PhD (York)

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41064

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Ian Dickson studied music at King’s College, London (composition with Harrison Birtwistle, awarded the Purcell Prize) and the University of York (MA and PhD in composition, supervised by Prof Roger Marsh, supported by the AHRC). He also attended courses at Apeldoorn and Royaumont, directed by Louis Andriessen and Brian Ferneyhough. He is writing up a PhD in Musicology at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Prof Nicholas Cook. He has worked as a supervisor at Cambridge for many years (composition, analysis, history). His music has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the pianists Satoko Inoue and Rika Zayasu; and has been broadcast on BBC radio. His published articles appear in the journals Music Analysis and Twentieth-century music.

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century and contemporary music
  • Modernist and avant-garde aesthetics
  • Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
  • Music and language, music semiotics, music and metaphor, musical grammars

Selected Publications

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