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Professor Stephen Banfield

Professor Stephen Banfield

Professor Stephen Banfield
M.A.(Cantab.), D.Phil.(Oxon.), F.R.C.O.

Emeritus Professor of Music

Area of research

Historical musicology: music and locality

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Research summary

My recent and current work has been focusing on two large-scale projects mapping and interpreting the histories of music beyond received models and narratives: music in the British Empire, and music in an English region (the west country). Both range widely across time and space and aim to understand the symbolic and commodified dimensions of music in urban and rural communities and uncover a prosopography of musical practice. Christopher Small's 'musicking' is a pertinent concept, and the literature on colonialisms is naturally drawn upon. So is soundscape theory, and a third project, The Sounds of Classical Music, relates the ...

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Educated at Clare College Cambridge (organ scholar), St John's College Oxford (senior scholar) and Harvard University (Frank Knox Fellow), I was lecturer, then senior lecturer, at Keele University from 1978 to 1992, and Elgar Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham from 1992 to 2003, in which year I took up the Stanley Hugh Badock chair of music at the University of Bristol. I have been Head of School at Birmingham (1992-5) and Bristol (2006, 2010-12). I retired in December 2012, thereafter becoming professor emeritus at the University of Bristol.

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • Banfield, S, 2016, ‘English musical comedy, 1890-1924’. in: Robert Gordon, Olaf Jubin (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 117-142
  • Banfield, S, 2016, ‘The New Elizabethan soundtrack’. in: Irene Morra, Rob Gossedge (eds) The New Elizabethan Age: culture, society and national identity after World War II. I.B. Tauris, London and New York, pp. 211-229

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