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Dr Ben Walton

Fellow, Director of Studies in Music, Senior President of the Jesus College Music Society
Director of Graduate Education
University Senior Lecturer in Music
Music

Benjamin Walton is a University Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music

Academic interests

Benjamin Walton's academic interests include:

  • 19th and 20th century opera
  • 19th century cultural history
  • Music in Paris
  • Globalization of music
  • Rossini
  • The transmission of opera beyond Europe in the 19th century.

Degrees obtained

  • BA Music, King’s College, University of Cambridge.
  • MA Aesthetics and Analysis of Music, University of Sussex.
  • PhD History of Music, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

Benjamin Walton is a University Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Music, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at Jesus College.

He studied at the universities of Cambridge for his BA and Sussex for his MA, before moving to the University of California, Berkeley for his doctoral research, where he completed a dissertation on musical culture in Paris during the 1820s.

He held the Kathleen Bourne Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and then took up a lectureship in Music at the University of Bristol. He joined the Faculty of Music at Cambridge in 2006.

His research interests centre on the social and cultural history of music during the 19th century. His recent work has focused on musical transnationalism in the first half of the century, with an emphasis on touring opera troupes beyond Europe, on the reception of Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, and on the idea of the ‘Twin Styles’, represented by Rossini and Beethoven, in the historiography of European music.

His recent and current PhD students have worked on:

  • Opera in Milan during the 1860s (Carlos del Cueto)
  • Music in French New Wave cinema (Denice McMahon)
  • Musical culture in Berlin around 1800 (Katherine Hambridge)
  • Cultural transfer of European music in Chile, Peru, and Bolivia in the first half of the 19th century (José Manuel Izquierdo König)
  • Ideas of nationalism and pan-Americanism in early 20th century Latin American opera (Vera Wolkowicz)
  • French opera in New Orleans during the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s (Charlotte Bentley)
  • Opera in Buenos Aires, New York and Milan around 1900 (Ditlev Rindom)
  • the music of Charles Verrinder at the West London Synagogue during the 19th century (Danielle Padley).

Department link

http://www.mus.cam.ac.uk

Publications, links and resources

Benjamin Walton's monograph, Rossini in Restoration Paris: The Sound of Modern Life, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007.

A collection of essays entitled The Invention of Beethoven and Rossini, also from Cambridge University Press and jointly edited with Nicholas Mathew, appeared in 2013.

In the same year, he took up a British Academy Mid Career Fellowship to work on a book about the first operatic troupe to go around the world. He is currently joint editor of Cambridge Opera Journal, with Stefanie Tcharos.

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