Barbara Kelly

Director of Research

MA, MM, PhD

Email: Barbara.Kelly@rncm.ac.uk

  • Directing research for the RNCM
  • Developing the college’s research strategy
  • Encouraging greater participation of RNCM staff in research activities
  • Role in embedding research into the college’s artistic programme
  • Overseeing applications for research funding
  • Co-ordinating the REF
  • Overseeing research postgraduate activities
  • Overseeing the library and archives

Professor Barbara Kelly studied Music and English at Glasgow University before going to the University of Illinois in 1988 for a Master’s degree in Musicology. She returned to Britain to undertake a Ph.D thesis at Liverpool, entitled ‘Darius Milhaud and the French Musical Tradition’, which she completed in 1994. She was a lecturer at University College, Scarborough, then a college of the University of Leeds (1993-5) before joining the staff at Keele in February 1995. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at Keele in 2002 and awarded a personal chair in 2008.  She was Head of Humanities Research (2011-2014) and Faculty Research Director at Keele University (2014-2015).  She joined the RNCM in April 2015 as Director of Research.

Current and Future Research

Prof. Kelly’s research is focused on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century French music and culture. She has published on composers including Milhaud, Debussy, Ravel, Honegger, Poulenc and Stravinsky and on issues such as music and war, national and religious identity and anti-Semitism in France.  She has published two monographs; the first, entitled Tradition and Style in the works of Darius Milhaud (Ashgate, 2003), is a detailed study of Milhaud’s music and career until his departure from Europe on the eve of WWII; the second is Music and Ultra-Modernism in France: A Fragile Consensus, 1913-1939 (Boydell and Brewer, 2013).  She is also a contributing editor of two collections: French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939 (Rochester University Press, 2008) and Berlioz and Debussy: sources, contexts and legacies with Kerry Murphy (University of Melbourne), which was published by Ashgate in 2007.  She contributed several articles to the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), including one on Ravel and another on Jolivet.  She recently published an article on Debussy’s Legacy in Music and Letters: ‘Remembering Debussy in interwar France: authority musicology and legacy’, Music and Letters, vol. 93(11), 374-393 (2012).  Her current projects include Authority, Advocacy, Legacy: Music Criticism in France (1918-1939) with Christopher Moore; Jane Bathori’s musical activities during the Great War; a project on musical societies in Paris and London (1914-1939) and a study of music at the South Place Ethical Society during World War One.

Selective Publication list

 a. Books: single authored and edited

1. Tradition and Style in the Works of Darius Milhaud (1912-1939)(Ashgate, Aldershot, 2003)

2. Berlioz and Debussy, sources, contexts and legacies, edited volume with Kerry Murphy, University of Melbourne (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

 3. French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939, edited volume (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008)

 4. Music and Ultra-Modernism in France: A Fragile Consensus (1913-1939) (Boydell and Brewer, 2013), (supported by an AHRC Fellowship)

 5. Music criticism in France: Authority Advocacy, Legacy (1918-1939) with Christopher Moore (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming)

b. Book Chapters

‘Chapter 1: History and Homage’, chapter for The Cambridge Companion to Ravel, ed. Deborah Mawer (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000)

‘Chapter 2: ‘The Paris of Debussy’, chapter for The Cambridge Companion to Debussy, ed. Simon Trezise (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003)

‘Vies parasites du poète: art et recyclage dans Julien de Charpentier’, in Jean-Christophe Branger and Alban Ramaut eds. Le Naturalisme sur la scène lyrique, (Publications de l’Université de Saint-Etienne, St. Etienne, 2004) (selected conference proceedings)

‘Ravel after Debussy: inheritance, influences and style’, in Berlioz and Debussy: sources, contexts and legacies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

‘The roles of music and culture in national identity formation’, French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, January 2008)

‘Debussy and the making of a “musicien français”: Pelléas, the press and the First World War, in French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008)

‘Guerrières, reines et collaborateurs: religion, politique et images et la France’, Musique, arts et religion dans l’entre-deux-guerres ed. Sylvain Caron and Michel Duchesneau (Lyon: Symétrie, 2009)

Re-presenting Ravel: Artificiality and the Aesthetic of Imposture’, Behind the Masks: New Perspectives on Ravel’s Music, ed. Peter Kaminsky (Rochester University Press, 2011)

‘Une étude de Ravel: époque, place et héritage ou Ravel et « l’esthétique de l’imposture »’, in Musique française, esthétique, identité en mutation 1892 – 1992, ed. Pascal Terrien (Delatour, Paris, 2011) (selected conference proceedings)

‘Originalité et tradition : Pelléas et la Bataille pour la Musique Française (1902-1920)’, Pelléas et Mélisande, eds. Denis Herlin, Sylvie Douche and Christopher Branger (Lyon: Symétrie, 2012)

‘Enjeux de mémoire après la mort de Debussy. Débats entre Prunières, Vallas et Vuillermoz’,

Actes du colloque international Claude Debussy (Paris: Fayard, 2013)

 ‘L’Affaire Prunières-Vallas’, eds. Myriam Chimènes, Florence Gétreau et Catherine Massip, Henry Prunières : un musicologue engagé de l’entre-deux-guerres, (Paris: Société française de musicologie, 2015)

 ‘Milhaud et Ravel: les affinités, les antipathies et les esthétiques musicales françaises’, ed. Jacinthe Harbec et Marie-Noelle Lavoie, Regards croisés sur Darius Milhaud, (Paris: Vrin, 2015)

‘Ravel’s Late Styles’, Late Style and its Discontents, ed. Gordon McMullan (Oxford: OUP, 2015)

 ‘Writing Early Debussy in Interwar France’, eds. Francois de Médicis, Michel Duchesneau and Steven Huebner, Debussy’s Resonance, (under contract with Rochester University Press, 2015)

c. Articles

‘E.L.T. Mesens’ Renouncement of Music’, French Studies Bulletin (October, 1994) in collaboration with Silvano Levy, Keele University, pp.13-15 (refereed article)

‘Time Present, Past and Future in the Writings and Practice of Milhaud’ Maynooth International Musicological Conference Proceedings, vol. v. of Irish Musical Studies (November 1996), pp.294-320 (selected proceedings)

‘Dangerous Music: Belgian Theories of Musical Surrealism’, Aura (Spring, 1996) in collaboration with Silvano Levy, pp.72-85 (refereed article)

‘Milhaud’s Alissa Manuscripts (1913 and 1931)’ Journal of the Royal Musical Association (December 1996) pp.229-245 (refereed article)

‘Maurice Ravel’ (8400 words) The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie (Macmillan, London, 2000) (commissioned article)

‘Henri Busser’, ‘Raoul Gunsbourg’, ‘André Jolivet’, ‘Jean Rivier’, ‘Jean Roger-Ducasse’, ‘Antoine Tisné’, ‘Béclard d’Harcourt’, ‘Tibor Harsanyi’, ‘Jean Huré’ and ‘E.L.T. Mesens’ and ‘Paul Claudel’, collection of articles (200-1500 words) commissioned by Stanley Sadie, editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Macmillan, London, 2001)

‘Remembering Debussy in interwar France: authority, musicology and legacy’, Music and Letters, Volume 93 Issue 2, August 2012, 374-392

College and External Research Roles

  • Director of Research, RNCM
  • Professeur invité at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne (2015-16)
  • Visiting Professor at Keele University (2015-2018)
  • Vice- President of the Royal Musical Association
  • Ordinary Member of the American Musicological Society
  • Member of the AHRC Peer-Review College
  • Founding UK member of the Francophone Music Criticism Network
  • Collaborator with the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique, Université de Montréal
  • Member journal boards: Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Twentieth-Century Music and Transposition: Musique et sciences sociale and the Comité de lecture of the Revue de musicologie.

Research Funding

Professor Kelly’s grant successes include British Academy for a project on Léon Vallas (2008-9); an AHRC Fellowship to complete her monograph, Music and Ultra-Modernism in France (2011); an AHRC CDA project on the musical archives of the South Place Ethical Society (2015-2018) and an European Union Marie Curie project entitled Transnational Localism and Music after the two World Wars with Keele University and the RNCM  (2015-2017). In 2011 she and Dr Christopher Moore received a Workshop grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a project on Music Criticism in the Intewar period.

 

She has also obtained grants from the British Academy to work on Darius Milhaud’s minute opera sketches and to attend the American Musicological Society, and from the Royal Historical Society, Royal Musical Association, Association des Amis de Francis Poulenc, The Key Fund, Keele University to run conferences.  The Research Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University has funded research trips and granted her research leave to complete her major research projects.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Music in Paris (1889-1939)
  • Stravinsky: his heritage and legacy
  • Contextual Studies
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Undergraduate dissertation supervision

 

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Approaches to Music Research
  • Research Skills
  • Reflective Practice
  • Masters supervision

Research Supervision

Selective past supervisions

  • Philip Young, Poulenc’s Melodies (PhD)
  • Elizabeth Hague, Sibelius Symphonies (PhD)
  • Norma Hollingsworth, Elgar and Newman’s Dream of Gerontius (PhD)
  • Elizabeth Rowley, Moulin Rouge (MPhil)

 

Current supervisions

  • Peter Dear, Bakhtin and Music: Debussy and Stravinsky
  • Geoff Thomason, Brodsky and Chamber music in Manchester
  • Jessica Beck, AHRC CDA studentship, From Chapel to Radical Secularism: the Role of Music and Gender at the Ethical Society
  • Caroline Clegg, Heaton Hall and Site-Specific Research

 

Professional Activity

Barbara Kelly is a Professeur invité at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne (2015-16) and Visiting Professor at Keele University (2015-2018). She is a Vice- President of the Royal Musical Association, member of Council and Chair of the Search Committee. She receives regular invitations to speak in the UK, France and North America. She is a reader for the journal Music and Letters, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, OUP and Ashgate.  Since 2006 she has been a member of AHRC International Network: Francophone Music Criticism. She is on the board of Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Twentieth-Century Music and Transposition: Musique et sciences sociales; she also serves on the Comité de lecture for the Revue de musicologie.  She has organized a number of conferences including ‘Nationalism and Identity in Third Republic France’, Royal Musical Association interdisciplinary conference, Keele University, 6-8 July 2001; Music in Interwar France: A Study Day (1918-1939), Royal Musical Association, Keele University, 9 November 2007; with Pascal Terrien Musique Française, esthétique et identité en mutation 1892-1992, International Conference, Université Catholique de l’ouest, Angers, France 29-30 April 2008.  In November 2011 she ran an international workshop on Music Criticism in Interwar France, University of Ottawa with Dr Christopher Moore (University of Ottawa).  In 2013 she organized a Poulenc Festival, Rethinking Poulenc, at Keele University to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Poulenc’s death.  She on the organizing committee for the Paris, City of Light Conference in collaboration with the Philharmonia at the Institut français in May 2015, and is organizing with Dr Clair Rowden (University of Cardiff) the annual meeting of the Francophone Music Criticism Network at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris in July 2015.