Bradley Hoover

Degrees Hon.B.A. Classical Civilization (University of Toronto), M.A. Theatre History (University of Victoria)
Course DPhil Music
College New College
Address New College
Holywell St.
Oxford OX1 3BN

Opera Studies, 19th Century Aesthetics, Gesture, Vocal Pedagogy, History of Vocal Pedagogy, Theatre History, Ancient and Medieval Music and Philosophy, Greek Tragedy

My research, supervised by Professor Michael Burden, reconstructs and contextualizes François Delsarte’s “Course in Applied Aesthetics” (1839-1859), a pedagogical system of training performers, artists, and public speakers that combined the use of gesture, articulate speech, and vocal inflection – thus claiming to unify the arts of dance, poetry, and music. My project also explores Delsarte’s influence on musical culture in Britain, and on the aesthetic writings of Richard Wagner.

Conference and Seminar Papers

“British Delsartism: Francois Delsarte’s Influence on Musical Culture in Britain,” Music in Nineteenth Century Britain Conference, July 2019 (Canterbury Christ Church University).

“Francois Delsarte’s Influence on Wagnerian Aesthetics: Delsarte’s ‘Course in Applied Aesthetics’ (1839-1859) the Inspiration for Richard Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk,” OBERTO Postgraduate Research Conference, June 2019 (Oxford Brookes University); BFE / RMA Research Students’ Conference, January 2019 (University of Sheffield).

New College Hastings-Rashdall Scholarship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship