Ellen Anne Davies, Lady Margaret Hall

Musical Temporality and Philosophies of Time in 1913 Paris  

My research is centred on discussions of temporality in fin-de-siècle Paris, specifically in 1913: a unique year situated at the culmination of the Belle Époque and before the threatening start of the First World War. I’m interested in how a socio-cultural historical preoccupation with ideas of time and memory in Paris may have influenced composers to experiment with musical time. Ultimately, I will explore how these concepts of temporality form a part of French musical modernism.

I am also interested in issues of feminism, gender and historiography, particularly in early twentieth-century France.


‘Third Annual Conference of the RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group 2013 [Review]’, RMA Newsletter (October 2013)