Dr Ian Maxwell

Department of Music

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Ian Maxwell
Department of Music
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I graduated with a BMus (Hons) degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1979 and subsequently spent two years undertaking postgraduate research into computer-assisted music style analysis at the University of Southampton. Personal imperatives obliged me to abandon this, and for twenty-five years I pursued a career in Financial and Banking Information Technology. Semi-retirement in 2005 enabled me once more to spend time researching for a doctoral programme, and in 2014 I graduated with a PhD on the life and work of composer E. J. Moeran from the University of Durham. Between 2011 and 2014, I was editor of the British Music Society, with responsibility for the quarterly newsletter BMS News and the annual journal British Music. In 2015, I was appointed to a one-year Visiting Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, I was an Affiliated Researcher in the faculty until the end of 2019.


Ernest John Moeran: His Life and Music, (Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, forthcoming June 2021)


‘The British Joachim’, in The Creative Worlds of Joseph Joachim, eds. Eshbach & Goetzen, (Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, forthcoming late 2021)

‘The Oxford & Cambridge Musical Club’, in Music in Twentieth-Century Oxford, eds. Wollenberg & Darwall-Smith, (Boydell &Brewer, Woodbridge, forthcoming late 2021)

‘A Consideration of Joseph Joachim’s Influence on Music in Britain from the mid-1840s to the 1960s’, in Joseph Joachim: Identitäten, eds. Uhde &Uhde, (Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, forthcoming early 2022)

Journal Papers

‘A Composer Goes to War: E. J. Moeran and the First World War’, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 14 (2019), 83-109
‘E.J. Moeran and the Oxford Cambridge Musical Club’, BMS News 129 (March 2011), 351

‘Moeran and Coetmore’, BMS News 126 (June 2010), 287

‘The Oxford and Cambridge University Chamber Music Clubs 1884-1940’, British Music, Vol. 33 (2011), 47

‘The Moeran Myth’, British Music, Vol. 32 (2010), 26

'Moeran, E. J.’ The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, eds. Stanley Sadie and J. Tyrrell (Macmillan, London, 2001)

Conference Papers

“I cannot resist inserting some luscious Stainerisms”—Anglican Church Music Sources for the English Musical Renaissance, The English Musical Renaissance and the Church, University of Durham, 5 November 2018

“A Neglected Master(?)”—Arthur Willner (1881-1959), Tenth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, University of Surrey, 11-14 September 2017

“Thou that hast been in England many a year”—Joseph Joachim’s Influence on Music in Britain 1844-1907 and Beyond, Eleventh Biennial International Conference in Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, 28-30 June 2017

“The Mystery of the Missing Musical Society”—The Dublin University Musical Society—or not? Fifteenth Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, 16-18 June 2017

“…there are wonderful things we could do together in creating music”—Moeran and Coetmore 1943, Beyond Genius and Muse—Collaborating Couples, University of Bristol, 18- 19 April 2017

“A Composer Goes to War”—E. J. Moeran and the Great War, A ‘Great Divide’ or a Longer Nineteenth Century—Music, Britain and the First World War, University of Durham, 21 January 2017

The Chamber Music Clubs in the British Universities during the Nineteenth Century, Consuming (the) Victorians—Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Cardiff, 31 August-2 September 2016

“Thou that hast been in England many a year”—A Consideration of Joachim’s Influence on Music in Britain 1870-1907, Joseph Joachim at 185, Goethe Institut, Boston, MA., 16-18 June 2016

Moeran in Ireland 1918-1919 and 1935, Music in Ireland: 1916 and Beyond, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, 22-24 April 2016

The Chamber Music Clubs of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Tenth Biennial International Conference in Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 8-10 July 2015

The Use of Mathematical Constructs in the Music of E.J. Moeran, Seventh Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900/Music Analysis Conference, University of Lancaster, 28-31 July 2011

Moeran in Ireland 1918-1919, Ninth Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, 24-26 June 2011

Moeran—Irish by Assertion, First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians, University of Durham, 12-15 July 2010

Research interests

Musical, creative, social and personal responses to imposed and voluntary exile—focussing particularly on violinist Joseph Joachim and composer Arthur Willner.

• the composers and music of the so-called English Musical Renaissance (1850-1950)
• convivial music making in the universities and colleges of the British Isles during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
• the so-called ‘Kington Group’ of composers and musicians (including Moeran, Arthur Willner, Noel Mewton-Wood and Anne Macky)
• application of information technology to musical analysis—most particularly the problem of developing reference stylistic databases and the definition of harmonic complexity as a marker for the tracing of stylistic evolution