Last week, Professor Jonathan Cross was one of a number of voices discussing the legacy of Stravinsky’s music 50 years since his death on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Music Matters‘. He was also to be heard later that evening discussing Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress as part of BBC Radio 3’s broadcast of the work on ‘Opera on 3‘.
Professor Jonathan Cross joined the Faculty in 2003, where he is Professor of Musicology, and Student and Tutor in Music at Christ Church. He has written, lectured and broadcast widely on issues in twentieth-century and contemporary music, and in theory and analysis. His publications include the highly acclaimed The Stravinsky Legacy (Cambridge University Press, 1998); a comprehensive study of the work of Harrison Birtwistle (Faber and Faber, 2000); and an edited companion to the music of Stravinsky (Cambridge, 2003). His monograph on Birtwistle’s landmark opera The Mask of Orpheus was published in 2009 (Ashgate/Routledge; paperback edition 2019). His biography of Stravinsky (in the ‘Critical Lives’ series of Reaktion Press) appeared in September 2015. His current work focuses on issues in musical spectralism, which has resulted in, among other things, two international conferences in Oxford and Paris, a series of papers and articles in English and French, and a guest-edited journal issue dedicated to ‘spectral thinking’. He is working on a study of the music of Tristan Murail for Éditions Contrechamps.