History of Listening

Emmy Noether Research Group

Dr. William Lockhart

Predoctoral Research Fellow


I completed my undergraduate degree in Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2006, where I was awarded the William Barclay Squire Prize for achieving the highest result of my graduating year. The following year I received an AHRC grant “to support the production of world-class research in the arts and humanities”. With this grant, I studied for my Master’s degree in Music at King’s College, London where I worked with Professors Daniel Chua and John Deathridge on a dissertation which contained a Heideggerian reading of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and which interpreted this analysis in light of the relationship between Heidegger and the Frankfurt School. On graduation I was awarded the Hilda Margaret Watts Prize. I am currently studying for my PhD with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Danuser at the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, whilst also in residence as a Pre-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Selected publications

William Lockhart. “Towards the Third Way: Interdisciplinary Attitudes to the History and Practice of Listening. Report of Discussions.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 134 (2010).

Talks and presentations

June 2010 Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Southampton – The Piano Arrangement on Trial: Legal Attitudes to the Piano Arrangement in Nineteenth-Century Britain

July 2009 Talk to the Berlin Network for the History of Sound, Berlin – Compositional Listening Practices in the 20th Century

March 2009 Response to Professor Jürg Stenzl, “Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Armide’”, Berlin – Jean-Luc Godard, Silence, and Cinematic Opera

May 2007 Theory and Analysis Graduate Seminar, King’s College, London – “The Angel of History”: Walter Benjamin and György Kurtág’s “Kafka-Fragmente”

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