Patrick Keefe

Research Interests

Pre-Reformation English polyphonic compositional practice; number-systems in Fayrfax, following the work of Roger Bray; incorporation of Boethian principles in polyphonic works; music and mathematics in the Renaissance; 16th-century singing technique and methodology; canonic techniques 1350-1620; Verdelot’s sacred output; Byrd and his allegorical techniques; works and treatises of Michael Praetorius; musical geometry of the 20th century, such as in the music of Xenakis (Xenakis, 1963); computational approaches to counterpoint (Agustin-Aquino, Junod, Mazzola 2015); contemporary treatises on harmony and voice leading (Tymoczko, 2011); generative compositional systems; pyschology of voice leading (Huron 2001, 2016).

Area of proposed thesis

Applications of Renaissance, 20th-century and contemporary mathematical/musical practice to contemporary composition.


Peter Phillips Scholar, Merton College 

Subjects Taught