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William Bosworth

William Bosworth

PhD student


My PhD work focuses on rhythm and metre in the music of Brahms. I use recent research on these topics, particularly theories of metrical dissonance and metrical states, to work towards a generally applicable approach to analysing Brahms's metrical style. Overall I attempt to show that Brahms used rhythm and metre towards ends partially unrealisable in the harmonic dimension including novel movement trajectories and large-scale work trajectories, challenging traditional notions of resolution and unity.

As well as interests in theory and analysis more generally, I am interested in queer and LGBTQ studies, this year organising a series of talks on queer themes at my college. I supervise nineteenth-century analysis at undergraduate level.

I studied at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a BMus (First Class) in Music with Computer Science in 2010 and with an MMus in 2012 (under Dr Matthew Riley) for which I was awarded the Constance Naden medal for research in the Arts.

I am a keen performer. This year I am an acting Organ Scholar at Magdalene College. I hold the LRSM in piano performance and am the holder of one of the College’s Lincoln Awards on this instrument. I am a tenor, singing during my time in Cambridge with the University Chamber Choir and the choirs of Clare and Christ’s Colleges. Moving into less common hobbies, I am a bell-ringer, and a member of the Cambridge Gamelan Society.

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