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Professor Bennett Zon, DPhil (Oxon), MMus (Edin), BMus (Michigan), HIgher Education Teaching Certificate (Hull)

Professor in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41064
Room number: Room 204, Main Building

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Professor Zon has published The English Plainchant Revival (OUP, 1999); Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology (Ashgate, 2000); and Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Rochester Press, 2007), a monograph funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This latter examines the influence of anthropological theories of developmentalism, evolution, individualism and cultural inscription on British perceptions of non-Western music in the long nineteenth century.

Professor Zon is General Editor of the Ashgate book series Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain and in 1997 founded the biennial conference on that topic. He is editor of Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies 2 (Ashgate, 2002), and co-editor of Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies 1 (Ashgate 1999); Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies 3; Nineteenth-Century Music Studies: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference (Ashgate, 2002); and the upcoming Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780-1940: Portrayal of the East (Ashgate, 2007). He has contributed to numerous articles to the second edition of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Dictionary of National Biography, the Grolier Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era, the Dictionary of 19th Century Journalism, and the New Dictionary of Hymnology.

Professor Zon is founder and General Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and is founding Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Music, Durham University. He is also a founding owner of the Nineteenth-Century JISCmail. Zon is also an active composer, with recent commissions including Military Fanfare (for the King's Division Waterloo Band); Gothic Fragment (for the John Turner Ensemble), and Litany of the Sea (for the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra). He is currently working on a piece called Repercussions, for brass band. He has had numerous performances in America, England, and Europe, both live and on radio, and has been recorded by the Gentlemen of St John's College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • Music theology
  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century historiography and aesthetics with particular interest in music in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain
  • Post-Reformation chant and liturgical music

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