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Dr Tom Pankhurst


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Tom is Head of Music at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge. He was previously senior lecturer and Head of Music and Music Technology at Liverpool Hope University. Tom's academic research interests are in theory and analysis, particularly with regard to tonality at the beginning of the twentieth century and the music of Carl Nielsen. He has lectured on Schenkerian analysis at Liverpool University, Manchester University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Helsinki University. As well as his Routledge textbook on Schenker, Tom has authored the ChoraleGUIDE website and contributed a chapter on the twentieth century to the Rhinegold A level Study Guide. He has also developed a set of resources for A level on www.alevelmusic.com. Alongside his main job, Tom works for the WJEC exam board, including delivering CPD training for teachers.

I am really happy to engage in discussion about Schenker, chorales or any other topic. Please email me on tom.pankhurst@kedst.ac.uk. My @schenkerguide.com email address no longer works.

Books and Journal Articles

Desiring closure, yearning for freedom: a semiotic study of tonality in three symphonies by Carl Nielsen, PhD. Thesis, submitted to University of Manchester 2004.

'Different names for the same thing: Nielsen's forces, Schenker's striving, Tarasti's modalities and Simpson's narratives', Carl Nielsen Studies (Vol. 1), Copenhagen: Statens Humanistiske Forskningsråd, 2003 .

'A semiotic approach to tonal closure in Carl Nielsen's Fourth Symphony', Musical Semiotics Revisited, Helsinki: Acta Semiotica Fennica, 2003.

"We never know where we’ll end up": Nielsen's alternative endings to the Flute concerto', Carl Nielsen Studies (Vol. 2), Copenhagen: Statens Humanistiske Forskningsr, 2005.

'Existential Semiotics and Schenkerian Analysis' , Res Facta Nova, (Vol. 10/19) 2008 [link to PDF]

SchenkerGUIDE: a handbook and website for Schenkerian analysis, New York: Routledge, 2008

Conference Papers

Recent and forthcoming papers read at:

Anglo-American Carl Nielsen Symposium, Birmingham 2001.

Ninth International Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Seminar in Musical Semiotics, Helsinki 2002.

'Diatonic dramas and choleric cadences: A semiotic approach to tonal structure in Beethoven and Nielsen', Society for Music Analysis conference (HUMAC), Hull 2003.

International Congress on Musical Signification, Paris 2004.

SMA Spring Study Day (Music Analysis and Teaching) Lancaster 2006

International Society of Musicology, Zurich 2007.


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