Owen came to the University of York to start his PhD in October 2016, having completed a BMus and an MA at Bangor University in North Wales. His thesis focuses on the distinctive, complex and often seemingly contradictory symphonic style of the influential Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016). These analytical considerations lead to broader questions concerning this composer’s interaction with a number of contexts including Finnish/ Nordic music past-and-present; modernism; and the handling of such contemporary compositional principles as form, melody, harmony and timescale.
Owen holds a full WRoCAH scholarship (AHRC)
Supervisor: Prof. Tim Howell
17 October 2017Post Report: Autumn Postgraduate Forum, Music Research Centre, 27th September