Dr Caroline Rae

Dr Caroline Rae


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I studied at Somerville College, Oxford (MA, DPhil) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover (Dipl. Mus).

Prior to my appointment in Cardiff, I taught at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, and has since been a visiting lecturer at universities in Rouen, Cologne and Paris. I was Visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford in 2002. 

I am 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), I won a French Government Scholarship to train with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris. 

I maintain my performance activities by giving lecture-recitals related to my research.

My research focuses on French music since Debussy, notably the composers Ohana, Jolivet, Dutilleux and Messiaen, but I also have particular interests in the Hispanic aspects of music in France and cosmopolitanism in interwar France.

These wider interests have led me to develop interdisciplinary research on twentieth-century Cuban, and other Latin American, music and literature. 

My interests in the Hispanic aspects of French music and the Parisian interactions between French, Latin American composers and writers have been developed for my interdisciplinary second monograph, Magic Realism, Music and Literature: the French – Latin American Axis since 1920 (Ashgate, 2009) for which I received an AHRC grant. 

I am 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.