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Dr Caroline Rae


Caroline Rae Position: Senior Lecturer Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74391
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74379
Extension: 74391
Location: Main Music Building, Corbett Road, Room 1.04

Dr Rae studied at Somerville College, Oxford (MA, DPhil) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover (Dipl. Mus). Prior to her appointment in Cardiff, she taught at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, and has since been a visiting lecturer at universities in Rouen, Cologne and Paris. She was Visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford in 2002. Dr Rae is also a pianist who has concertised in the UK and abroad, and has also participated in radio and television broadcasts. After studying with the distinguished teacher Dame Fanny Waterman (ARCM Perf), she won a French Government Scholarship to train with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris. She now maintains her performance activities by giving lecture-recitals related to her research.



In press

'Dutilleux and Lutosławski: Franco-Polish Connections', Polish Music since 1945 ed. Eva Mantzourani (Kraków: Musica Iagellonica Press)


Robert Sherlaw Johnson, Messiaen, revised and newly edited by Caroline Rae (London: Omnibus Press, 2008)

The Music of Maurice Ohana (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000)

Book Chapters, Journal Articles and Published Papers

Beyond Boundaries: Dutilleux's Foreign Leavening', Contemporary Music Review vol.29 no.5 (October 2010) pp.431-446

'Debussyist, modernist, exoticist: Marius-François Gaillard rediscovered', The Musical Times vol.152, no.1916 (Autumn, 2011) pp.59-80

'The Works of Messiaen's Final Years', in Robert Sherlaw Johnson (revised and newly edited by Caroline Rae), Messiaen (London: Omnibus Press, 2008), 196-208

‘In Havana and Paris: the Musical Activities of Alejo Carpentier', Music and Letters vol.89 no.3 (August 2008), 373-95

‘The Musical Collaborations of Alejo Carpentier: Afrocubanism and the Quest for Spiritual Renewal', Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 84/7 (November, 2007), 905-29

'Erinnerungen, Träume, Gedanken: Lieder des Zwanzigejahrhunderts', Programmbuch zum Europäischen Musikfest Stuttgart (Stuttgart: Internationale Bachakademie, 2007), 232-9

'Jolivet on Jolivet: an Interview with the Composer’s Daughter’, The Musical Times, cxlvii, 1894 (Spring 2006), 5-22

‘Myth and Mysticism in Jolivet: Musical Magic Realism?’, Cahiers rémois de musicologie, 2 (December, 2004), 139-171

‘Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana: Victims of an Exclusion Zone’, Tempo, 212 (April, 2000), 22-30

‘Ohana’s In Dark and Blue, Sorgin-Ngo and other Music for Strings’, Notes, 57/2 (December, 2000), 464-68

'Magic and Music - Alejo Carpentier and Maurice Ohana: Cross-Connections in 20th Century French Music and the South Americas', in J.-P. Barbich (ed.), Des Amériques Impressions et expressions (L'Harmattan, Paris 1999), 222-30

‘The Piano Music of Maurice Ohana’, Revista Musica, 6/12 (1995), 44-74

‘Improvisation dans l’oeuvre de Maurice Ohana’, in J.C. Dambricourt (ed.), Actes du colloque international “Improvisation musicale en question”, tenu à l’université de Rouen mars 1992 (Rouen: Presse universitaire de Rouen, 1994), 73-85

‘Debussy et Ohana: allusions et références’ Cahiers Debussy, 17-18 (1993-4), 103-20

‘Le symbolisme et l’archétype du mythe européen dans l’oeuvre de Maurice Ohana’. Cahiers du CIREM, 24-5 (1993), 115-30

'Honegger: A Centenary Reappraisal', The Musical Times, cxxxiii/1789 (March, 1992), 118-21

‘Maurice Ohana: Iconoclast or Individualist?’, The Musical Times, cxxxii/1776 (February, 1991), 69-74

‘La Celestine: Maurice Ohanas Oper in Paris’, Die neue Zeitschrift für Musik, 149/10 (October, 1988), 35-6

Other Output

Reviews in Music and Letters, Tempo, Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft and Notes

Entries in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001) and Contemporary Composers (1992)

CD notes for Chandos and Warner


Caroline Rae's research focuses on French music since Debussy, notably the composers Ohana, Jolivet, Dutilleux and Messiaen, but she also has particular interests in the Hispanic aspects of music in France and cosmopolitanism in interwar France. These wider interests have led her to develop her interdisciplinary research on twentieth-century Cuban, and other Latin American, music and literature. Her interests in the Hispanic aspects of French music and the Parisian interactions between French, Latin American composers and writers have been developed for her interdisciplinary second monograph, Magic Realism, Music and Literature: the French – Latin American Axis since 1920 (Ashgate, 2009) for which she received an AHRC grant. She is also investigating the reception of new music in Cuba, the Debussyian connections of Marius-François Gaillard and preparing a new study of the music of Jolivet.

Research Papers, Public Lectures, Performances


'Messiaen and the piano', Discussion Session, Queen's University Belfast Messiaen mini-festival, 21 March 2013

'Myths and Miracles: Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du Temps as musical icon', Keynote Lecture, Queen's University Belfast Messiaen mini-festival, 20 March 2013 

'Marius-François Gaillard's Debussy: the Piano Recordings 1928-30’ , John Bird Lecture, School of Music, Cardiff University, 5 February 2013

Convenor of Sacher Perspectives International Conference, Cardiff University 16-17 March 2012

'Marius-François Gaillard's Debussy: Performances and Recordings - Controversy and Legacy', University of Montréal international conference 'Debussy's Legacy', 29 February - 3 March 2012

BBC Radio 3 'Afternoon on 3' interview with Katie Derham discussing the music of André Jolivet, 9 January 2012

'Discovering Jolivet', BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff introductory talk, with Christine Jolivet-Erlih, for BBC National Orchestra of Wales André Jolivet: Composer Portrait, 2 December 2011

'Alejo Carpentier's Parisian Chronicles', University of Ottawa international conference 'Music Criticism in France in the Interwar Period (1918-1939), 4-7 November 2011

Caroline Rae, co-convenor with Dr Caroline Potter (Kingston University), Institute of Musical Research 'Dutilleux at 95' Study Day, 28 January 2011

‘Henri Dutilleux and the Franco-Polish Connection’, conference 'Polish Music since 1945', Canterbury Christ Church University, 1 May 2009

'Messiaen and Ohana: Parallel Preoccupations or Anxiety of Influence', Messiaen 2008 International Centenary Conference, Birmingham Conservatoire, 20-24 June 2008

'Alejo Carpentier: Music and Magic Realism', Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, Liverpool University, 28-30 March 2008

'Dutilleux and the French Tradition', BBC festival 'Discovering Dutilleux', Cardiff University, 16 February 2008

'Alejo Carpentier: Music and Magic Realism', keynote lecture, Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (CIMR) conference, Roehampton University, 13 October 2007

'Maurice Ohana and the Influence of Improvisation', lecture-recital, 5th Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, York University, 6 July 2007

‘Alejo Carpentier and the Magic of Music: a Centenary Retrospective’, Carpentier Centenary Lecture, Taylor Institution, Oxford University, 23 November 2004

‘Carpentier’s Musical Writings and Collaborations in relation to The Kingdom of this World ‘, Carpentier - Music and Hybridisation Conference, Instituto Cervantes, London, 14 September 2004

'Magic Realism and French Music between the Wars', International Symposium of French Music 1830-1940, University of Melbourne, 19 July 2004

'Maurice Ohana and the Debussyian Descendency', lecture-recital, Adelaide University, 28 July 2004