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Dr Rachel Moore

Dr Rachel Moore

Lecturer in Music

School of Music

Email
moorer19@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5978
Campuses
1.03, 33-37 Corbett Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EB

My research interests lie in French music and culture of the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on music-making during the First World War. My first book, Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 1914–1918, explored the ways in which Western art music became a central part of the home-front war effort in Paris during WWI, employed by both musicians and government as a power tool of propaganda. My recent research projects include a study of the role of music in shaping ‘Allied’ identity during the First World War, focussing on a range of instances of musical exchange between Paris and London, from the cross-channel enterprises of touring theatrical troupes, to mass ‘Allied’ concerts, or street music performed by French and British soldier-musicians on leave. I have given talks about my work for the National Trust, as well as participating in broadcasts on Radio 4 as part of the Centenary of WWI.

Although my primary interests lie in historical musicology, I have strong interests in ethnomusicology. Plans for future research include a large-scale project investigating the influence of Andean music and musicians in twentieth-century France.

Prior to coming to Cardiff, I was Director of Studies in Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I have held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music at the University of Oxford, and have a PhD in Musicology from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Although trained as a flautist, I have since learnt to play the trumpet and cornet, and am an active performer in orchestras and brass bands.

Educaton and qualifications

  • 2012: PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2004: MMus, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2003: BMus (Hons.), Royal Holloway, University of London

Academic positions

  • Director of Studies and Stipendiary Lecturer in Music, St Peter’s College, Oxford
  • AHRC-funded Research Fellow, Royal Birmingham ConservatoireLeverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music, University of Oxford
  • Junior Research Fellow and Stipendiary Lecturer in Music, Worcester College, Oxford
  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Music, New College, Oxford

Speaking engagements

  • ‘French Music Publishing and Post-War Reconstruction in the Aftermath of WWI’, University of Montréal, 2018
  • ‘Durand’s Édition Classique: Dukas’s Beethoven in Wartime France’, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 2018
  • ‘Marketing National Identity: “French” Editions and the Mobilisation of Music Publishing, 1914–1918’, University of Amsterdam, 2017
  • ‘Articulating Allied Identity: Cross-Channel Musical Exchange between Paris and London during WWI’, American Musicological Society, Vancouver, 2016
  • ‘Performing Propaganda: Music and National Identity in Paris, 1914–1918’, University of Edinburgh, 2016
  • ‘Music as Propaganda on the Home-Fronts during the First World War’, Institute of Historical Research, London, 2016
  • ‘The Legacy of War: Retrospective Accounts of Wartime Musical Life in the French Press in the early 1920s’, Liverpool Hope, 2013
  • ‘“Not to be opened during the war”: The Mobilisation of French Music Publishing, 1914–1918’, University of Oxford, 2013                 
  • ‘Patriotic Rhetoric on the Parisian Home-Front, 1914–1918: Saint-Saëns’s Germanophilie as a propaganda prototype’, American Musicological Society, New Orleans, 2012
  • ‘Marketing National Identity: French Editions and the Mobilisation of Music Publishing, 1914-1918’, International Musicological Society, Rome, 2012
  • ‘“Chaque âge a ses plaisirs”: Generation Gaps and Nationalist Discourse in Parisian Musical Life during the Great War’, Royal Musical Association, Aberdeen, 2008

Radio broadcasts and pre-concert talks

  • ‘Harmony on the Home-Fronts: Wartime Chamber Music in Paris and London’, pre-concert talk prior to an evening concert by the Badke Quartet, Conway Hall, London, 2014
  • ‘From Tunes for the Tommies to Harmony on the Home-Front: The Importance of Music during the First World War’, public lecture for the National Trust, Abingdon, 2014
  • Contributor to BBC Radio 4 series, 1914-1918: The Cultural Front, episode 2 ‘Arf a Mo, Kaiser: Popular Culture on All Fronts’, speaking on French popular song during WWI, 2014
  • Contributor to BBC Radio 2 programme, ‘Great War Ballads and La Belle Époque’, 2013    

Committees and reviewing

  • Peer reviewer: La revue musicale OICRM; Cambridge University Press

I currently teach on the undergraduate core modules ‘Repertoire Studies’, and ‘Elements of Tonal Music II’. I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on music during WWI and on French music during the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I specialise in French musical life during the early twentieth century. I have particular interests in music during the First World War. I have written widely on musical life during the conflict, including my first monograph, Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 19141918. I have spoken widely on my research, notably for the National Trust and at a pre-concert talk at Conway Hall, London. I have participated in radio broadcasts including Radio 4’s ‘1914–1918: The Cultural Front’, and in 2014 I worked in collaboration with the British Library to co-organise an international three-day conference, ‘The Music of War: 1914–1918’.

Recent research projects include a study of the role of music in shaping concepts of ‘Allied’ identity during the First World War. Music in wartime can play a vital role in bringing people together and creating a sense of belonging to a national cause; this project developed this idea by combining ideas of nation with those of an emerging Allied force. It examined a wide range of musical exchange between Paris and London, to explore how interaction between two capital cities both sustained and challenged national identities within the context of an emerging Allied Entente.

I have published widely on music publishing in early France in the 1910s and 20s, focussing particularly on the importance of the First World War as a catalyst for change in the publishing industry. My recent work in this areas has included a Research Fellowship on the AHRC-funded project ‘Accenting the Classics: Durand’s Édition Classique as a French Prism on the Musical Past’. This research focussed on the French music publisher Jacques Durand’s major edition of music, the Édition Classique—a significant collection of European instrumental music from the 18thC and 19thC centuries, published from 1915 onwards. The editions were edited by some of France’s leading composers, musicologists, and teachers. My research as part of the project offers new insights into early twentieth-century French cultural identity, and sheds light on the history of music publishing but also on the ways in which international publishing markets and cultural networks operated.

Although my primary interests lie in historical musicology, I have strong interests in ethnomusicology. Plans for future research include a large-scale project investigating the influence of Andean music and musicians in twentieth-century France.