Professor David Clarke
Professor of Music
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6703
- Address: International Centre for Music Studies, School of Arts and Cultures, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
As well as holding the established Chair of Music, David Clarke has acted as Director of the CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) for Music and Inclusivity. Operational between 2005 and 2010, this was a major partnership between the Universities for the North East and The Sage Gateshead, led by Newcastle University (see www.cetl4musicne.ac.uk), and funded to the value of over £4.5M by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
David Clarke, Professor of Music, joined the Music Department in 1991, having previously lectured at Dartington College of Arts and the University of Liverpool. His interests include the composer Michael Tippett, on whom he has published various books and articles, as well as musical aesthetics, theory and analysis, and North Indian (Hindustani) classical music. As conductor, violinist and Hindustani classical vocalist in the Khyal tradition, he also remains active as a musical practitioner. He is a graduate of Royal Holloway College (University of London), read for his PhD under Jim Samson at Exeter University, and also studied as an exchange student at the University of Massachusetts and the Free University, Berlin.
David Clarke is a music theorist in the broadest sense, interested in analytical, philosophical, cultural, psychological, linguistic and semiotic applications to questions of musical meaning – concerns variously reflected in his published articles and reviews. Feeding into this latter project are critical inquiries into cultural relativism and cultural pluralism e.g. ‘Eminem: difficult dialogics’, 'Elvis and Darmstadt', and an article on BBC Radio 3's late Junction.
This broader concern with music and meaning extends into music and philosophy. An important research strand here is Music and Consciousness. David Clarke curated and co-edited with Eric Clarke (Oxford
University) the book Music and Consciousness, with chapters from 20
contributors across a range of disciplines. David's own contributions to
the volume include a solo authored chapter on music and time
consciousness, and a jointly authored chapter with Tara Kini (Bangalore)
on consciousness in the style of Indian classical music known as
Dhrupad. He also gave a keynote presentation, entitled
Consciousness – High and Low (Or,
consciousness and Being: singing along with Tippett, Peggy Lee and Heidegger)’,
at the Fifth International Conference on Consciousness,
Theatre, Literature, and the Arts, University of Lincoln, June 2013. Further in the field of consciousness follows, with a chapter for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy.
David's developing interest in the practice, theory and cultural place of North Indian classical music has led him into ethnographic work relating to South Asian musical practices in the North East, conducted jointly with Thomas Hodgson (Oxford University, now King's College London), with further input from Monica Moreno-Figueroa (Newcastle Unversity). This scoping study and review, which also reflects the authors' concerns around music and multiculturalism, was entitled 'Musics of South Asia: a means for connecting communities?', and was completed in November 2012. It was funded by the AHRC as part of its Connected Communities scheme (for a list of ouputs go to http://research.ncl.ac.uk/icmus/scholarship/musicsofsouthasia/).
Further work on Indian classical music can be found in David's article, ' Different resistances: a compartive view of Indian and Western classical music in the modern era', which appears an a special issue of Contemporary Music Review, entitled 'Resistant Materials'. He gave an invited paper, ‘How far can generative theories of music analysis be applied to Hindustani classical performance?’, at the Analysis, Cognition and Ethnomusicology Conference, at SOAS in 2014.
David Clarke is also an authority on the music of Michael Tippett. His book, The Music and Thought of Michael Tippett: Modern Times and Metaphysics, (Cambridge University Press), seeks to show how the ‘world vision’ embodied in the composer’s music and writings relate to the wider concerns of western modernity and to a metaphysics that remains doggedly present within it. He has recently published a substantial account of the slow movement of Tippett's Concerto Orchestra, which also addresses issues raised by hermeneutic tendencies within the so-called New Musicology; this article can be found in the journal Music Analysis and is entitled, 'Between heremeneutics and formalism: the Lento from Tippett's Concerto for Orchestra (or: music analysis after Lawrence Kramer')'. Other books on Tippett include Language, Form, and Structure in the Music of Michael Tippett, one of the most detailed and extended analytical studies of Tippett’s music available, and Tippett Studies, which he edited and to which he contributed (many of the essays in this volume were originally presented at the 1995 International Tippett Conference hosted by Newcastle University Music Department).
- a response to Patrick Savage and Steven Brown's article 'Toward a new comparative musicology', commissioned by the journal Analytical Approaches to World Music
- research on the application of generative theories of music to the anlaysis of Indian classical music
- an article on South Asian music in the North East of England for a special issue of British Forum for Ethnomusicology on Music and Multiculturalism in the UK
- Book chapter, 'Consciousness', for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy, ed. Tomas McAuley, Jerrold Levinson and Nanette Nielsen.
- co-directinon of the Second Intenational Conference on Music and Consciousness, to be held in Oxford in April 2015 (details at http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/muscon2/)
- a book chapter developing an invited conference paper ‘Ambiguity and beyond: Musical indeterminacy and the “total musical fact”’, orginally given in a session on 'Analysing 'Un-Analyzable' Art Music since 1950' at the eight European Music Analysis Conference, in Leuven 2014
- an autoethnographic exploration of the experience of learning in the khyal vocal tradition of North Indian classical music.
David is currently Head of Research for Music.
He has supervised postgraduate students across a range of areas, including music analysis, music aesthetics and philsophy, music and cultural theory.
David was awarded a visiting research fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge in 2012, as part of their programme 'The Future University'.
David is a member of the editorial board of the journal *twentieth-century music* and of the editorial collective of *Radical Musicology*; he is also on the Advisory Board of *Music Analysis*, having also served on that journal's editorial board for several years. He has acted as a reviewer for CUP, OUP and other academic presses, and as an external adviser for Liverpool University. He is also in demand as an external examiner.
David is module leader for Indian Music in Practice, and Opera: History, Issues, Approaches. He also contributes to the modules Practising Music Analysis and Understanding Music History, as well as supervising dissertations and projects. He has been a driving force in bringing the study of Indian classical music into the curriculum, through the World Music project of our CETL for Music and Inclusivity (see www.cetl4musicne.ac.uk/projects6.html).
Module leader for Indian Music for Postgraduates, plus supervisor of several research students reading for PhD and MPhil degrees.
- Clarke D. 'Consciousness'. In: Tomas McAuley, Jerrold Levinson, Nanette Nielsen, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy. 2017. Submitted.
- Clarke D. Musical Indeterminacy and Its Implications for Music Analysis: The Case of Cage’s Solo for Piano. Music Theory and Analysis (MTA) International Journal of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory 2016, 3(2), 170-197.
- Clarke D. ‘From neurotransmitters to aesthetic experience: Jay Schulkin's Reflections on the Musical Mind’. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 2014, 15(2).
- Clarke D, Clarke E. Music and consciousness: a continuing project. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 2014, 13(1-2), 77-87.
- Clarke D. On Not Losing Heart: A Response to Savage and Brown’s “Toward a New Comparative Musicology”. Analytical Approaches to World Music 2014, 3(2), 1-14.
- Clarke D. Different Resistances: A Comparative View of Indian and Western Classical Music in the Modern Era. Contemporary Music Review 2013, 32(2-03), 175-200.
- Clarke D. ‘Musics of South Asia: A means for connecting communities?'. AHRC, 2012. AHRC Connected Communities - Scoping Studies and Reviews.
- Clarke D. Musical autonomy rerevisited. In: Clayton, M., Herbert, T., Middleton, R, ed. The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction. New York & London: Routledge, 2012, pp.172-183.
- Clarke D, Hodgson T. South Asian musics, cultures and communities in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of England. Newcastle upon Tyne: International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, 2012. Available at: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/icmus/South%20Asian%20Musics%20in%20Newcastle%20and%20the%20North%20East.pdf.
- Hodgson T, Clarke D. South Asian musics, multiculturalism and communities: a review of literature and key Concepts. Newcastle upon Tyne: International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, 2012. Available at: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/icmus/Literature%20review%20&%20key%20concepts.pdf.
- Clarke D. Between Hermeneutics and Formalism: The Lento from Tippett’s Concerto for Orchestra. (Or: Music Analysis after Lawrence Kramer). Music Analysis 2011, 30(2-3), 309-359.
- Clarke D. Elvis and Darmstadt (The IMS Cut). Hamburger Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft 2011, 27, 9-21.
- Clarke D, Clarke E, ed. Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Clarke D. Music, phenonenology, time consciousness: meditations after Husserl. In: Clarke, D., Clarke, E, ed. Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.1-28.
- Clarke D, Kini T. North Indian Classical Music and its Links with Consciousness: The Case of Dhrupad. In: Clarke, D., Clarke, E, ed. Music and Consciousness: Philosphical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.137-156.
- Clarke D, Clarke E. Preface. In: Clarke, D., Clarke, E, ed. Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.xvii-xxv.
- Clarke D. Beyond the Global Imaginary: Decoding BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2007. Available at: http://www.radical-musicology.org.uk/2007/Clarke.htm.
- Clarke D. Elvis and Darmstadt, or: Twentieth-Century Music and the Politics of Cultural Pluralism. Twentieth-century music 2007, 4(1), 3-45.
- Clarke D. ‘“Only half-rebelling”: tonal strategies, folksong and “Englishness” in Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra’. In: Clarke, David, ed. Tippett Studies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp.1-26.
- Clarke DI. Tippett, Sir Michael (Kemp). In: Finscher L, ed. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik, 2nd edn. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2006, pp.847-854.
- Clarke D. Eminem: Difficult Dialogics. In: John Williamson, ed. Words and Music. Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2005, pp.73-102.
- Clarke D. Editorial: Twentieth Century Music - Plural. Twentieth Century Music 2004, 1(2), 155-159.
- Clarke D. 'Alongside Adorno'. The Musical Times 2003, 54-9.
- Clarke D. Essays on music. Musical Times 2003, 144(1883), 54-59.
- Clarke D. Musical Autonomy Revisited. In: Clayton, M., Herbert, T., Middleton, R, ed. The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction. London, UK: Routledge, 2003, pp.159-170.
- Clarke D. The Music and Thought of Michael Tippett: Modern Times and Metaphysics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Clarke D. Tippett, Michael. In: S. Sadie; executive editor J. Tyrell, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Grove, 2001.
- Clarke D. The meaning of 'lateness': Mediations of work, self and society in Tippett's Triple Concerto. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 2000, 125(1), 62-92.
- Clarke, David. Preface. In: Clarke, David, ed. Tippett Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp.ix-xiv.
- Clarke D. Tippett Studies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
- Pollard R, Clarke D. Tippett’s King Priam and 'the tragic vision'. In: D. Clarke, ed. Tippett Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp.166-185.
- Clarke DI. Language games: Is music like language? What makes a musical discourse? David Clarke begins a two-part inquiry into music and meaning. Musical Times 1996, 137(1835), 5-10.
- Clarke D. The Significance of the Concept 'Image' in Tippett's Musical Thought: A Perspective from Jung. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 1996, 121(1), 82-104.
- Clarke D. Visionary Images: Tippett's Transcendental Aspirations. The Musical Times 1995, 136(1823), 16-21.
- David Clarke. Parting glances: aesthetic solace or act of complicity?. [critique of the music of Arvo Pärt], The Musical Times, 134, 680–4 1993.
- David Clarke. Tippett in and out of Those Twentieth Century Blues: the context and significance of an autobiography. Music and Letters, 74/3, 399–411 1993.
- David Clarke. Language, Form and Structure in the music of Michael Tippett. (New York: Garland Press, Inc.) 1989.
- David Clarke. Structural, cognitive and semiotic aspects of the musical present. Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 3, Part 1 111–31 1989.