Marinu Leccia

Degrees BA orchestra conducting (Pôle Supérieur de Paris), MA musicology (Conservatoire de Paris: CNSMDP), MEd music theory (Conservatoire de Paris: CNSMDP).
Course DPhil in Music
College St Catherine's College
Address Manor Rd, OX1 3UJ

20th Century Music, British Music, Benjamin Britten, Music and Education, Aesthetics.

Games are an important part of the life of Benjamin Britten: from tennis evenings with friends, fierce cricket games, gobbledygook conversations, with passion for fast gleaming cars and admiration for the childhood world. But what about Britten’s compositional processes? Are they following the same line? Is game, in its metaphorical sense, the goad of such a prolific work? My research tries to unravel the whys and wherefores of the issue, from an empirical analytical approach of Britten’s pieces, as well as in an investigation into how Britten was introduced to music as a child (juvenilia, textbooks, repertoires, piano-exercises). The ”solfeggio”, music material inspired and derived from the educational world, will be examined as a centre of a compositional game involving a great variety of combined influences.

My research is supervised by Doctor Joanna Bullivant and Professor Laura Tunbridge.

Allen Senior Music Scholarship (St Catherine’s College, Oxford) 
Cullettività di Corsica (Corsican Regional Government) 

Forthcoming: ‘Danger or Shelter? Lullabies in the Music of Benjamin Britten’, Textes et Contextes, 2023. 

‘Britten and Sport: Tennis Sounds, Swimming Gestures and Cricket Rules as Analyses of Britten’s Music’, BFE/RMA Research Student Conference, University of Plymouth, January 2022. 
‘The Violence of Nonsense: The Rape Scene in Britten’s Lucretia’, SMI & ICTME-IE Research Student Conference, Dublin City University, January 2022 
‘Playful Lullabies: Jeu, rêves et nonsense dans la musique de Benjamin Britten’, multi-disciplinary conference Berceuses: histoire(s) et conscience, Université Genoble Alpes, Février 2022. 
‘Violence at Play: Britten’s Enchanted Nightmare in The Turn of the Screw’, OOC DTP Conference, Nightmare/s in the Long Nineteenth Century, King’s College, University of Cambridge, May 2022. 
‘Benjamin Britten’s Stylistic Hybridity, A Mysterious Affair?’, AHRC International Conference, Hybridity, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, September 2022. 
‘L’Analyse du jeu dans la musique de Benjamin Britten’, BJC-Iremus, IVe Congrès Doctoral International de Musique et Musicologie, Université Paris-Sorbonne, October 2022. 
Forthcoming: With Apolline Gouzi, ‘Une Bibliothèque en representation? Les livres d’art de Benjamin Britten et Peter Pears: usages et collection’, Laboratoire de Musicologie, Composer’s Libraries: Cultures of Reading, Sites and Creation, Université Libre de Bruxelles, October 2022. 

History and Philosophy of Music Education (Merton, St Catherine's, St Hilda's, St Anne's Colleges).

Oxford University Philharmonia (2021-2022)
Oxford University String Ensemble (2021-2022)