Dr Paul Archbold

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Dr Paul Archbold
Position/Fellowship type:
School of Advanced Study Research Fellow (Music & Language)
Fellowship term:
Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies
Home institution:
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Culture, Digital resources, Literatures in a modern language, Modernism, Music
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music.

Research interests: Contemporary music, especially modernism after 1950; music documentaries; live electronics and computer music; spectralism and microtonality; new techniques for instruments and voice; language in contemporary opera.

Research documentaries on the music of Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachemann, Jonathan Harvey, Wolfgang Rihm, with the Arditti Quartet 


Research documentaries on oboe multiphonics, with Christopher Redgate 




Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community

Translingual Strand: Translingual Music 

Opera is at the melting point between poetry, music and drama. Since its birth in the early seventeenth century, opera has reflected on the essentials of poetry and examined communication across languages. It has exploited the marriage with music to delineate place and character, suspend time, and probe topics of importance to the individual and to society as a whole.
Dr Paul Archbold is leading the music subproject which will investigate the intralingual in contemporary opera, looking at new works employing multiple languages, ancient languages, indigenous languages and invented languages. The subproject will feature new operas by Prof. Julian Philips (GSMD) and Prof. Philip Grange (Manchester), and events in collaboration with the Royal Opera House.



Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
28-Mar-2019 Two pieces for oboe and piano

Music composition: oboe and piano First performance Christopher Redgate and Philip Thomas, University of Huddersfield concert series, 28 March 2019

01-Dec-2018 In nomine

Music Composition: solo piano

19-Mar-2017 Be not afeard

Music composition:

treble voices (SS) and piano

Commissioned by New London Children's Choir

01-Feb-2016 Duologue

Music composition:

bassoon and piano

27-Nov-2015 Zechstein

Music composition:

solo oboe (for the Redgate/Howarth oboe)

commissioned by Christopher Redgate

01-Apr-2015 Moto perpetuo

Music composition:

solo piano

25-Jan-2012 Nine Memos

Music composition:

string quartet

Commissioned by the Arditti Quartet

01-Sep-2010 Flower Fairy Songs

Music composition:

soprano and piano

21-Nov-2009 Fluxions

Music composition:

solo oboe + ensemble

(flute, clarinet in Bb, electronics (2 * 88-note keyboards + computer + Max/MSP), violin, viola, cello)

Commissioned by Christopher Redgate and Ensemble Exposé

02-Mar-2007 Penumbra

Music composition:

cello and live electronics (88-note keyboard + computer + Max/MSP)


08-Dec-2006 Melted Moments

Music composition:

ensemble (clarinet in Bb, piano, violin, viola, cello)

01-Jan-2006 Visions of Blake

Music composition:


17-Nov-2005 Songswarm

Music composition:

ensemble (oboe d'amore, clarinet in A, koto, sho, viola)

Commissioned by Okeanos

15-Mar-2005 Coronae

Music composition:

solo piano

commissioned by Clive Williamson

Additional Publications

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community

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