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Carolyn Philpott

Lecturer in Musicology

Room 104, Conservatorium of Music, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Carolyn.Philpott@utas.edu.au

Dr Carolyn Philpott is a Lecturer in Musicology at the Conservatorium of Music within the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Her research interests include Australian music and intersections between music, place and the environment, especially music composed in connection with Antarctica. She has published her research in musicology and polar studies journals, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries, and has presented at conferences, workshops and guest lectures in Argentina, the UK, the US and Australia. She also regularly contributes to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies program offered through the University's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDAn Australian Composer Abroad: Malcolm Williamson and the Projection of an Australian IdentityUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2010
GradCertULT University of TasmaniaAustralia2014
BMus (Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia2004

Biography

Dr Carolyn Philpott has lectured in music history, theory and musicology at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music since 2007 and has held a fulltime teaching and research position since early 2012, when she was awarded an Early Career Development Fellowship. Her PhD dissertation, completed in 2010, focused on the projection of an Australian identity in the music and persona of expatriate composer Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003) and she has published several journal articles and a book chapter related to this research, as well as contributed to the entries on Williamson in the music encyclopaedias Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2007) and Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, 2014).

In addition to her research in Australian music, she has a particular interest in musical responses to Antarctica and has published her research in this area in both musicology and polar studies journals. She has presented her research in Argentina, the UK, the US and Australia and is a regular contributor to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies offered by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

Carolyn is also a music critic for the Mercury newspaper and regularly presents pre-concert talks for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Master Series.

Research Themes

Carolyn's research aligns with the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.  Her research interests include intersections between music, place and the environment and several recent projects have focused on music composed in connection with Antarctica and how music can be used as a form of environmental activism. Additionally, she has co-authored articles with Associate Professor Andrew Legg on African American gospel music and the effects and impact of this genre upon Australian music and culture.

Memberships

Committee associations

Carolyn is the current Secretary of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, a position she has held since the Chapter's formation in 2007, and is a member of the University Learning and Teaching Committee, the Conservatorium Curriculum Committee and the Tasmanian College of the Arts Research Committee.

Other

  • Member of the Musicological Society of Australia
  • Member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Artistic Peer-Review Panel

Teaching

music theory, music research methodology

Teaching expertise

Dr Philpott teaches and coordinates a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate units across both classical and contemporary music programs, including post-tonal theory, music research methodology, trends in music research and comprehensive theory for postgraduate students. She has received teaching awards from the University of Tasmania for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including a Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014, and is a supervisor within the Conservatorium's Honours and Higher Degree by Research programs.

Teaching responsibility

Dr Philpott teaches and coordinates a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units in musicology (including music theory and music research methodology) and is a supervisor within the Conservatorium's Honours and Higher Degree by Research programs.

Research Invitations

Dr Philpott has been invited to present her research at universities and other institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina and Australia.

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Expertise

  • Twentieth-century Australian music, especially the music of Malcolm Williamson and Peter Sculthorpe
  • Music composed in connection with Antarctica
  • Intersections between music, nature and place
  • African American gospel music and its performance in Australia

Collaboration

Dr Philpott is currently involved in research projects with the following scholars:

  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane (ARC Future Fellow, University of Tasmania, Antarctica-related research)
  • Associate Professor Andrew Legg and Dr Paul Blacklow (University of Tasmania, research into African American gospel music and the Southern Gospel Choir)
  • Dr Anne-Marie Forbes (University of Tasmania, music of Australian expatriate composer, Malcolm Williamson)
  • Dr James Humberstone (University of Sydney, educational music by Malcolm Williamson)
  • Research into circular breathing for flutists with PhD candidate Angus McPherson

Current projects

Dr Philpott is currently working on the following projects:

  • Research into sledging songs composed during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration with ARC Future Fellow Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Leane
  • Independent research into new compositions based on Antarctic soundscapes
  • Research into performance practices in African American gospel music and the Southern Gospel Choir with Assoc. Prof. Andrew Legg and Dr Paul Blacklow
  • Research on the cassations of Malcolm Williamson with Dr James Humberstone (University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Research into Malcolm Williamson's Australian music with Dr Anne-Marie Forbes
  • A journal article on circular breathing for the flutist with PhD candidate Angus McPherson

Research Fields

  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
  • Education (139999)
  • Library and Information Studies (080799)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts (190401)

Research Impact

  • Music (950101)
  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)

Publications

Carolyn's research has been accepted for publication in leading international peer-reviewed music journals, including Musicology Australia (published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge), Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) and Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). She has also published peer-reviewed articles in The Polar Journal (Taylor & Francis/Routledge), Social Alternatives, and Context: A Journal of Music Research. Additionally, she has contributed to the entries on Malcolm Williamson in the music encyclopaedias Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2007) and Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, 2014) and written liner notes for CDs and chapters for music-related books, such as Musical Islands: Exploring Connections Between Music, Place and Research, edited by Elizabeth Mackinlay, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Katelyn Barney (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).

Total publications

66

Journal Article

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2016McPherson A, Philpott C, 'Circular Breathing: Expanding Musical Possibilities for Flute Players and Composers', Journal of Music Research Online, 7 pp. 1-11. ISSN 1836-8336 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016Philpott C, Leane E, 'Making Music on the March: Sledging Songs of the 'Heroic Age', Polar Record pp. 1-19. ISSN 0032-2474 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247416000255 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Leane E

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2016Philpott CJ, 'Sonic Explorations of the Southernmost Continent: Four Composers Responses to Antarctica and Climate Change in the Twenty-First Century', Organised Sound, 21, (1) pp. 83-93. ISSN 1355-7718 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1355771815000400 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Philpott CJ, Humberstone J, 'The Glitter Gang (1973-74): A Microcosm of his views on Social Inclusivity and his Australian Identity', Musicology Australia, 38, (1) pp. 1-28. ISSN 0814-5857 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08145857.2016.1159648 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Philpott C, Forbes AM, 'From the outside: Helpmann, Nolan and Williamson's Australian ballet, The Display (1964)', Context: A Journal of Music Research ISSN 1038-4006 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2015Legg A, Philpott C, 'An analysis of performance practices in African American gospel music: rhythm, lyric treatment and structures in improvisation and accompaniment', Popular Music, 32, (2) pp. 197-225. ISSN 0261-1430 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0261143015000264 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Legg A

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2014Leane E, Philpott C, Nielsen H, 'Scott at the Opera: Interpreting Das Opfer (1937)', The Polar Journal, 4, (2) pp. 354-376. ISSN 2154-896X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2014.954884 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Leane E

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2014Philpott C, 'Sacrificing a Symphony: Malcolm Williamson's protest against the Franklin Dam and the implications for the world's first transcontinental' symphony', Social Alternatives, 33, (1) pp. 7-15. ISSN 0155-0306 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Philpott C, McIntyre S, Leane E, 'Songs of the South: A Song Cycle for Mezzo Soprano and Piano Based on Lyrics from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration', International Journal of Contemporary Composition, 9 pp. 1-43. ISSN 2304-4098 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McIntyre S; Leane E

2013Philpott CJ, 'The sounds of silence: music in the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration', The Polar Journal, 3, (2) pp. 447-465. ISSN 2154-896X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2013.846976 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Philpott C, 'Notes from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration: Gerald S. Doorly's songs of the 'morning', Context: A Journal of Music Research, 37 pp. 3-35. ISSN 1038-4006 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2004Philpott CJ, 'Peter Sculthorpe's Quartet No 14: A musical response', Context: A Journal of Music Research, 27/8, (2004) pp. 83-96. ISSN 1038-4006 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Book

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2016Philpott C, 'Malcolm Williamson and Australia', Lyrebird Press, Melbourne (In Press) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2016Legg A, Philpott C, Blacklow P, 'Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: An examination of the nexus between the Southern Gospel Choir and the city of Hobart, Tasmania', Made in Australia and New Zealand: Studies in Global Popular Music, Routledge, Brunt S and Stahl G (ed), United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Legg A; Blacklow P

2009Philpott CJ, 'The Master and the Media: Malcolm Williamson in the Press', Musical Islands: Exploring Connections between Music, Place and Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mackinlay & Bartleet (ed), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, pp. 157-187. ISBN 978-1-4438-0956-6 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Lutenist lights up Baroque performance', The Mercury, 28 June 2011, (28 June 2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Combined forces inspire', The Mercury, 7 April 2011, (7 April 2011) pp. 19. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Tasmanian jazz trio keeps it lively for radio', The Mercury, 2 August 2011, (2 August 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Celebrating organ's 20th', The Mercury, 29 August 2011, (29 August 2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Baroque program a fine end to season', The Mercury, 13 Dec 2011, (13 Dec 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Youthful orchestra embarks on a voyage of discovery', The Mercury, 19 April 2011, (19 April 2011) pp. 16. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Kingfishers and Co take flight', The Mercury, 17 August 2011, (17 August 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Drums and brass beat out a treat', The Mercury, 30 August 2011, (30 August 2011) pp. 9. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Seven talented singers hit just the right note', The Mercury, 21 Feb 2011, (21 Feb 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Cello performance a suite treat', The Mercury, 4 July 2011, (4 July 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Ensembles, soloists perform with gusto', The Mercury, 30 May 2011, (30 May 2011) pp. 15. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Opening showcase of Conservatorium talent', The Mercury, 16 May 2011, (16 May 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'A struggle fuels music with soul', The Mercury, 17 May 2011, (17 May2011) pp. 6. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Queen hits get royal treatment', The Mercury, 19 May 2011, (19 May 2011) pp. 18. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Concert hall hosts world premiere', The Mercury, 23 May 2011, (23 May2011) pp. 13. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Fine playing to the fore in session of Baroque wonder', The Mercury, 24 May 2011, (24 May 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Spirited quartet triumphs', The Mercury, 16 May 2011, (16 May 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Recital highlights exceptional skill', The Mercury, 18 May 2011, (18 May 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Students benefit from live performance', The Mercury, 21 May 2011, (21 May2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Mother lode of talent in jazz vein', The Mercury, 23 May 2011, (23 May2011) pp. 13. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Interplay provides additional highlight', The Mercury, 28 May 2011, (28 May 2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Gospel gems engage audience', The Mercury, 11 July 2011, (11 July 2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Spirited singing of South African choir', The Mercury, 14 July 2011, (14 July 2011) pp. 14. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Stately treat for ears and taste buds', The Mercury, 28 Feb 2011, (28 Feb 2011) pp. 4. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Con candidates showcase talents', The Mercury, 8 March 2011, (8 March 2011) pp. 10. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'An uplifting experience', The Mercury, 22 March 2011, (22 March 2011) pp. 10. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Hard work showcased in festival's finale concert', The Mercury, 12 July 2011, (12 July 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'New generation appreciates TSO', The Mercury, 15 July 2011, (15 July 2011) pp. 21. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Recital support for disaster victims', The Mercury, 1 March 2011, (1 March 2011) pp. 13. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Guitarist plucks from many styles', The Mercury, 14 March 2011, (14 March 2011) pp. 15. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Celtic triumph', The Mercury, 29 March 2011, (29 March 2011) pp. 15. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Singer-songwriters a band night delight', The Mercury, 30 May 2011, (30 May 2011) pp. 15. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Music and food delight in ballroom program', The Mercury, 29 November 2011, (29 November 2011) pp. 10. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Orchestra shines with legendary works', The Mercury, 5 September 2011, (5 Sepetmeber 2011) pp. 13. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Rare glimpse into world of Brahms', The Mercury, 19 September 2011, (19 September) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Choir celebrates Pugin with sacred songs', The Mercury, 7 March 2011, (7 March 2011) pp. 15. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Musical journey strikes a chord', The Mercury, 19 November 2011, (19 November 2011) pp. 32. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Expressive performance captures contrasts', The Mercury, 11 October 2011, (11 October 2011) pp. 4. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Polished duo captures distinctive mood', The Mercury, 6 September 2011, (6 September 2011) pp. 10. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Technical mastery, musicality on show', The Mercury, 19 September 2011, (19 September 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Energetic start to Beethoven banquet', The Mercury, 28 November 2011, (28 November 2011) pp. 12. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Merry operatic romp a crowd pleaser', The Mercury, 5 September 2011, (5 Sepetmeber 2011) pp. 13. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Gilmour's new wonder', The Mercury, 7 September 2011, (7 September 2011) pp. 8. (2011) [Other Review]

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2011Philpott CJ, 'Solo violinist shines in starlit performance', The Mercury, 21 Feb 2011, (21 Feb 2011) pp. 10. (2011) [Other Review]

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2009Denholm CJ, Philpott CJ, 'Book Review of: Making the implicit explicit: Creating performance expectations for the dissertation, B. Lovitts, Stylus (2007)', Quality Assurance In Education, 17, (2) pp. 204-206. (2009) [Review Single Work]

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2008Philpott CJ, 'Book Review: Malcolm Williamson, A Mischievous Muse', Limelight: The ABC's Arts and Entertainment Magazine, 1 June 2008, (1 June 2008) pp. 50. (2008) [Other Review]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Philpott CJ, 'Liner notes for Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos', Hyperion Records, 1, pp. 5 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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Thesis

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Philpott CJ, 'An Australian Composer Abroad: Malcolm Williamson and the Projection of an Australian Identity' (2010) [PhD]

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Entry

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Barkel M, Philpott CJ, 'Williamson, Malcolm (Benjamin Graham Christopher)', Grove Music Online, United Kingdom, 1 (2014) [Entry]

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2007Philpott CJ, 'Malcolm Williamson', Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Ludwig Finscher (ed), Basel, 17, pp. 984-5 (2007) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
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2014Grenfell M, Philpott CJ, 'Hush - 12 composers write for children at hospitals', Resonate Magazine, Resonate Magazine, online, p. 1. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Grenfell M

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$9,478

Projects

The Deeper Meaning of Embodiment for Knowledge Creation at UTAS (2016)$6,978
Description
Along with colleagues from across the disciplinary spectrum we want to develop a sound understanding of:1. The different meanings and manifestations of embodiment within different disciplines2. How being embodied affects the way we do research (e.g., being in a place vs communication over a distance; conducting research in harsh environments)3. How embodiment helps us understand links between our research and the subject matters that we look at (e.g., understanding music or literature as both abstract concepts and embodied experiences of 'doing'; 'doing' maths being grounded in embodiment (eg Lakoff and Nunez 2000) as is aesthetics applied when evaluating a proof.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,978)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lueg C; Philpott CJ; Harman KE; Wong TL; Kratz SJ; Loo S
Year
2016
'Antarctic wilderness: Perspectives from history, the humanities and social sciences' hosted by the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) History Expert Group and Social Science Action Gr (2015)$2,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Philpott CJ
Year
2015

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCompleting the Circile: The flute music of Gergely Ittzs2013
MastersFinding the Lost Art, Methods and use of Improvisation on the Violin in Western Classical Music and its Importance for Revival in our Current Classical Music Environment2016
PhDReconstructing Irish Identity: The Role of Traditional Music in the Irish Folk Revival2016