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Neil Thomas Smith

Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Neil studied composition at York and Stuttgart before beginning his musicological PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2013. He won first prize in the Acht Brücken Composition Competition with Gravitation, which was played by Schlagquartett Köln and broadcast on WDR 3. His orchestral work, Habitus, was also broadcast in a performance by the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Neil workshopped quartet ideas with RedNote Ensemble in Edinburgh, played live on Radio 3 with new music group Dark Inventions and participated in a reading session with Ensemble10/10.

Research Summary

Neil is researching German composer Mathias Spahlinger. This study focuses primarily on the persistence of modernism in his compositions, and in German post-war art in general. It encompasses… read more

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Neil is researching German composer Mathias Spahlinger. This study focuses primarily on the persistence of modernism in his compositions, and in German post-war art in general. It encompasses analysis of some of Spahlinger's key works, links between music and politics, and an exploration of Spahlinger's philosophy of new music, the latter heavily influenced by Hegel and Adorno.

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