Dr Esther Cavett

Esther Cavett is a Senior Research Fellow in Music at King’s College London and College Lecturer in Music at Somerville, Jesus, and Lincoln Colleges, where she specialises in teaching the analysis of Western classical music from the 18th to 20th Centuries.  Her research interests are in music theory and analysis, widening access to music education, music pedagogy,  and music psychology (especially qualitative interviewing).  She works and performs the piano with various musical charities dedicated to improving access to and broadening appreciation of music. She was a lawyer. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-4641  

Accepted for publication, 2024 '“The mind is not limited by the skin”: the expert piano technician’s experience of working on pianos of professional concert performers', Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 149/2. (8000 words) 
Accepted for publication, 2023 A Critical Forum: 'Valuing the surplus: Perspectives on Julian Horton’s Article On the musicological necessity of music analysis, Musical Quarterly, 2020', (with contributions from V. Kofi Agawu, Gurminder K. Bhogal, Esther Cavett, Jonathan Dunsby, Julian Horton, Alexandra Monchick, Ian Pace, Henry Stobart, Simon Zagorski-Thomas, compiled and edited by Esther Cavett), Music Analysis. (28000 words).  

In press 

‘Supporting the mentee: working at the sharp edge’, in A practical guide for mentoring music teachers, Ed. S. Houni and M.Wolf, Routledge. (6000 words). 


‘Desire, gratification, and the moment: a music-analytical, psychological, and autobiographical enquiry into the role of repetition in the music of Howard Skempton’, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews doi.org/10.1080/03080188.2022.2035100 


‘Voices from Southwark: Reflections on a collaborative music teaching project in London in the age of Covid-1’, (co-authored with Javier Rivas, Rhys Sparey, Jonathan Davies, Caroline Gleason-Mercier, Sarah Hughes, & Susannah Knights), International Journal of Community Music 14/2-3, 169-189. 


Howard Skempton: Conversations and Reflections on Music, Boydell & Brewer, 90,000 words (co-edited with Matthew Head, and with personal contribution of approximately 40,000 words). 


Review of Edward Klorman Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social interplay in the chamber works (Cambridge UP, 2016), Eighteenth-Century Music, 14/2, 285-290 (co-authored with Matthew Head). 


‘Celebrating Arnold Whittall’s 80th birthday: Music Analysis Past and Future’.  Colloquium report, Society for Music Analysis Newsletter, 21-27. 


‘A Conspectus of Mozart's Music' [on Mozart's stylistic development], in The Mozart Compendium, Ed. H.C. Robbins Landon (Thames & Hudson), 206-236. 


Mozart's Variations Reconsidered (Garland Press). 


Review article of Ian Bent, Musical Analysis (Macmillan, 1987), Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 115/1, 111-122. 


'Music Analysis Conferenced in Context', The Musical Times, September, 457-58. 


Conference report on the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Rochester, New York), Music Analysis, 7/2, 239-242. 


'Schenker's Analysis of the Eroica Finale', Theory and Practice 11, 43-52. 


'Mozart's 'Haydn' Quartets Composing Up and Down Without Rules', Journal of The Royal Musical Association, 113/1, 59-80. 


'Mozart's Codas', Music Analysis, 7/1, 31-53. 


Review of Heinrich Koch, Introductory Essay on Composition trans. Nancy Baker (Yale UP, 1983), Music Analysis, 6/1-2, 196-202. 


Preface to the Eulenberg Edition of Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme Op. 36. 


'Explaining Meyer', review-article, Music Analysis, 2/2, 209-20. 


Music theory and analysis

Widening access to music education

Music pedagogy

Music psychology