Dr Laura Watson

Music

Lecturer
Assistant Professor

Logic House
136
(01) 708 6717

Biography

I am Assistant Professor in Music and Director of the MA Musicology at Maynooth University.

I am a musicologist working on early twentieth-century French art music, women in twentieth-century and contemporary music, and popular-music memoirs.

I welcome enquiries from potential MA / MLitt / PhD students / postdoctoral colleagues seeking to work on the above topics.

Research Interests

Music and text cultures in the 19th, 20th, 21st centuries, especially Paul Dukas; music criticism; France, 1870 - 1940; popular music and memoirs

Music and gender in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially French music; the representation of women in opera; Rhoda Coghill; women and popular music

Popular music, especially gender, historiography

                   

Books

  Year Publication
2019 Paul Dukas: Composer and Critic.
Laura Watson (2019) Paul Dukas: Composer and Critic. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Rhoda Coghill and the Gender Politics of Performance'
Laura Watson (2021) 'Rhoda Coghill and the Gender Politics of Performance' In: Jennifer O'Connor-Madsen, Ita Beausang, and Laura Watson (eds). Women and Music in Ireland, IMS Vol. 13. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2019 'Dukas, critical conversations, and intellectual legacies'
Watson L. (2019) 'Dukas, critical conversations, and intellectual legacies' In: Helen Julia Minors and Laura Watson (eds). Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician. Abingdon: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Don't Believe A Word? Memoirs of Irish Rock Musicians'
Laura Watson (2020) 'Don't Believe A Word? Memoirs of Irish Rock Musicians' In: Lónán Ó Briain, John O'Flynn, Áine Mangaoang (eds). Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Introducing Dukas's Legacy'
Helen Julia Minors and Laura Watson (2019) 'Introducing Dukas's Legacy' In: Helen Julia Minors and Laura Watson (eds). Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Reading Lyrics, Hearing Prose: Morrissey's Autobiography'
Laura Watson (2019) 'Reading Lyrics, Hearing Prose: Morrissey's Autobiography' In: Robert Edgar, Fraser Mann, Helen Pleasance (eds). Music, Memory and Memoir. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Ireland in the Musical Imagination of Third Republic France'
Dr Laura Watson (2015) 'Ireland in the Musical Imagination of Third Republic France' In: France and Ireland: Notes and Narratives. Bern: Peter Lang. [full-text] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2019 Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician
Helen Julia Minors and Laura Watson (Ed.). (2019) Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician Abingdon: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2019 Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician
Helen Julia Minors and Laura Watson (Ed.). (2019) Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Fifty Shades of Bluebeard? Dukas's Ariane et Barbe-Bleue in the Twenty-First Century'
Watson, L (2018) 'Fifty Shades of Bluebeard? Dukas's Ariane et Barbe-Bleue in the Twenty-First Century'. Twentieth-Century Music, 15 (3):399-438 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2016 'Epitaph for a Musician: Rhoda Coghill as Pianist, Composer and Poet'
Laura Watson (2016) 'Epitaph for a Musician: Rhoda Coghill as Pianist, Composer and Poet'. Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 11 :2-21 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Unguarded Voice'
Laura Watson (2020) 'Unguarded Voice' Journal of Music, . [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Hard Questions Matter'
Laura Watson (2018) 'Hard Questions Matter' Journal of Music, . [DOI] [Details]
2017 'A Fractured History for Fractured Arts'
Laura Watson (2017) 'A Fractured History for Fractured Arts' Journal of Music, . [Details]
2017 'Gothic Outsiders'
Laura Watson (2017) 'Gothic Outsiders' Journal of Music, . [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Sexism and the Leaving Cert. Music Syllabus'
Dr Laura Watson (2015) 'Sexism and the Leaving Cert. Music Syllabus' Journal of Music, . [full-text] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 MEAS Interdisciplinary Symposium: Measuring Equality in the Arts Sector.
Laura Watson (2019) MEAS Interdisciplinary Symposium: Measuring Equality in the Arts Sector. [Oral Presentation], History of Sounding the Feminists, University College Cork [Details]
2019 Kylie: The Symposium.
Laura Watson (2019) Kylie: The Symposium. [Oral Presentation], Performing Girlhood: Kylie Minogue's Pop Persona in the 1980s, Maynooth University [Details]
2019 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Laura Watson (2019) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], “Nina Cried Power”: Stories about Nina Simone, Hozier, and Performing Activism, Maynooth University [Details]
2019 International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference.
Laura Watson (2019) International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference. [Oral Presentation], Sounding the Feminists: Campaigning for Gender Equality in the Irish Music Sector, University of London [Details]
2019 Legacies and Prospects: The Past and Futures in Music, IASPM-Canada Annual Conference.
Laura Watson (2019) Legacies and Prospects: The Past and Futures in Music, IASPM-Canada Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], Concert for George as Rock Tombeau’, Université de Québec a Montreal (UQAM) [Details]
2017 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Laura Watson (2017) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Gender Politics and the Rock Memoir, Queen's University Belfast [Details]
2017 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS).
Laura Watson (2017) Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS). [Oral Presentation], 'Every Day I Write the Book': Popular Music and Memoirs in the Twenty-First Century, Rochester, NY [Details]
2017 Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association.
Laura Watson (2017) Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association. [Oral Presentation], Gender Politics and the Rock Memoir, Liverpool University [Details]
2017 Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popuar Music (IASPM).
Laura Watson (2017) Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popuar Music (IASPM). [Oral Presentation], The Rock Memoir as a Postmodernist Musical Text, Kassel, Germany [Details]
2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Laura Watson (2016) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Rock Memoirs, Artistry, and Textuality, St Patrick's College, Dublin City University [Details]
2014 Association of Franco-Irish Studies: Tenth Annual Conference.
(2014) Association of Franco-Irish Studies: Tenth Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], Imagining Ireland in French Music of the Third Republic, National Concert Hall, Dublin [Details]
2014 Women and Music in Ireland Conference.
(2014) Women and Music in Ireland Conference. [Oral Presentation], Rhoda Coghill as Composer and Irish Cultural Politics, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin [Details]
2014
(2014) [Oral Presentation], The New Woman in Belle Epoque French Opera and Ballet, Queen's University Belfast [Details]
2013 Eighth International Biennial Conference on Music Since 1900.
(2013) Eighth International Biennial Conference on Music Since 1900. [Oral Presentation], Rhoda Coghill as Composer: A Reassessment of an Irish Musician, Liverpool Hope University [Details]
2013 Annual Meeting of the Francophone Music Criticism Network.
(2013) Annual Meeting of the Francophone Music Criticism Network. [Oral Presentation], Hearing through Dance: Natasha Trouhanova and the Reception of Dukas's 'La Péri', Paris (BCVP) [Details]
2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2012) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The nouvelle femme in Early Twentieth-Century French Opera and Ballet, Dundalk (DkIT) [Details]
2011 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society.
(2011) Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society. [Oral Presentation], Paul Dukas's 'Le Sang de Méduse': the Rediscovery of a Lost Scenario, San Francisco, USA [Details]
2011 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2011) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Representations of Identity at the Paris Opéra and Opéra-Comique in the 1920s, Dublin (RIAM) [Details]
2010 Conflict, Memory and Memorialisation: War and European Culture in the Twentieth Century.
(2010) Conflict, Memory and Memorialisation: War and European Culture in the Twentieth Century. [Oral Presentation], Re-Imagining the Conflict: Catholicism, Jewishness and French Opera in the 1920s, Liverpool Hope University [Details]
2009 Francophone Music Criticism Network Meeting.
(2009) Francophone Music Criticism Network Meeting. [Oral Presentation], 'Dukas, the Music Press and Critical Integrity, Montréal (McGill University) [Details]
2009 Royal Musical Association Symposium.
(2009) Royal Musical Association Symposium. [Oral Presentation], Reconciling Past and Future after WW1: a Case Study of a Dukas Scenario, Lancaster University [Details]
2009 Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association.
(2009) Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association. [Oral Presentation], Reconsidering the Place of Irish Women Composers in the Early Twentieth Century, Dublin (RIAM) [Details]
2008 Seminar Series, Music Department.
(2008) Seminar Series, Music Department. [Oral Presentation], In Search of La Route de la Gloire: Dukas's Sketches, Fragments and Plans for New Directions, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2008 15th Biennial Int. Confs. on 19th C Music.
(2008) 15th Biennial Int. Confs. on 19th C Music. [Oral Presentation], Russian Influence on French Programme Music in the 1890s: Unexplored Connections, Dublin (UCD) [Details]
2007 Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2007) Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Paul Dukas's Polyeucte Overture: A Programmatic Template?, Dublin (DIT) [Details]
2006 Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2006) Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Dukas and Goethe: The Programmatic Strategy of L'Apprenti Sorcier, Limerick (Mary Immaculate College) [Details]
2006 14th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.
(2006) 14th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music. [Oral Presentation], L'Apprenti Sorcier as Discourse: Musical Manifestation of Dukas's Critical Aesthetics, University of Manchester [Details]
2005 International Conference on Music Analysis.
(2005) International Conference on Music Analysis. [Oral Presentation], Ariane et Barbe-Bleue as Manifestation of Dukas's Critical Theories, Dublin (UCD) [Details]
2004 Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2004) Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Paul Dukas: Reconsidering the Silence of the Later Years, Belfast (Queen's University) [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2015 Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Laura Watson (2015) Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century. NEW YORK: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2015 O'Kelly: An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France.
Watson, L (2015) O'Kelly: An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France. EDINBURGH: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2015 Review. Phyllis Weliver and Katharine Ellis: Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Laura Watson (2015) Review. Phyllis Weliver and Katharine Ellis: Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century. Book Review [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2015 Review. Axel Klein: O'Kelly - An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France.
Laura Watson (2015) Review. Axel Klein: O'Kelly - An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France. Book Review [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2008 Review. Simon-Pierre Perret and Marie-Laure Ragot: Paul Dukas.
Dr Laura Watson (2008) Review. Simon-Pierre Perret and Marie-Laure Ragot: Paul Dukas. Book Review [full-text] [Details]

Dictionary Entry

  Year Publication
2010 Various entries for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland.
Watson, Laura (2010) Various entries for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Dictionary Entry [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2019 Introducing Dukas's legacy.
Minors H.;Watson L. (2019) Introducing Dukas's legacy. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2011 Edition: Francophone Music Criticism Network, Collection 12, 'Paul Dukas: Writings (1892-1894)' (1893 edition).
Dr Laura Watson (2011) Edition: Francophone Music Criticism Network, Collection 12, 'Paul Dukas: Writings (1892-1894)' (1893 edition). Electronic Publication [Details]
2010 Edition: Francophone Music Criticism Network, Collection 12, 'Paul Dukas: Writings (1892-1894)' (1892 edition).
Watson, Laura (2010) Edition: Francophone Music Criticism Network, Collection 12, 'Paul Dukas: Writings (1892-1894)' (1892 edition). Electronic Publication [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2011 Programme note (essay) for 2011 production of Paul Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, at the Gran Teatre Liceu, Barcelona.
Dr Laura Watson (2011) Programme note (essay) for 2011 production of Paul Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, at the Gran Teatre Liceu, Barcelona. Magazine Article [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2008 Paul Dukas’s Music-Text Aesthetic: A Study of its Sources, Theory and Practice, 1891–1907.
Watson, L. (2008) Paul Dukas’s Music-Text Aesthetic: A Study of its Sources, Theory and Practice, 1891–1907. Trinity College Dublin: Thesis [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2020 Contemporary Music Centre 'Amplify' Podcast, #10: Sounding the Feminists.
Laura Watson, Karen Power, Ann Cleare, Ciara L. Murphy, Evonne Ferguson (2020) Contemporary Music Centre 'Amplify' Podcast, #10: Sounding the Feminists. Dublin: Podcast [DOI] [Details]
2018 RTÉ Radio 1 Arena.
Laura Watson, Seán Rocks (2018) RTÉ Radio 1 Arena. Podcast [Details]
2019 Talking History, Newstalk FM. Programme on Bizet.
Laura Watson, Patrick Geoghegan, Wofgang Marx, Susan McClary, Rachel Talbot (2019) Talking History, Newstalk FM. Programme on Bizet. Podcast [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 Maynooth University Publication Subvention Maynooth University
2018 Maynooth University Publication Subvention Maynooth University
2018 AMS James R. Anthony Endowment Publication Subvention American Musicological Society
2003 Government of Ireland Scholar Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland branch) Member /
France: Musique Cultures Network (FMC) Member /
Society for Musicology in Ireland Member (previously elected to Council) /
American Musicological Society Member /
Sounding the Feminists Education Officer on Working Group 30-APR-17 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
IASPM @ Journal International advisory editor (UK & Ireland) 2017 /
Sounding the Feminists Education Officer on Working Group /
2015 Conference: Paul Dukas at 150 Chair of committee /
Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland Chair, Grants Committee 2015 / 2018

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 Maynooth University Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Higher Education
2008 Trinity College Dublin PhD Music
2003 University of Liverpool BA (Hons) Music Music

Consultancy

  Client Description
Dundalk Institute of Technology: External Examiner
External Examiner for BA (Hons) Applied Music degree
Technological University Dublin: External Examiner
Dundalk Institute of Technology: External Examiner
External Examiner for MA Music candidate
Arts Council
Consultant (with Sounding the Feminists) for development of the Arts Council's recently published Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy (2019).
Teaching Council
2016. Consultation on reforms to Junior Cycle Music Curriculum.
National Concert Hall: Co-curator of NCH & STF Chamber Series
Co-curating the Creative Ireland funded NCH & STF Chamber Music Series (2018 - 23) as part of my role in Sounding the Feminists.

Outreach Activities

  Description

Interviewed about Resound: Chamber Series (National Concert Hall and Sounding the Feminists) for Culture File programme on Lyric FM. Broadcast November 2019.

RTÉ Lyric FM. Contributor to RTÉ Lyric FM Series 'Women of Note', which has been aired at least twice since the original broadcast in 2012.

Co-curator (on behalf of Sounding the Feminists) with the National Concert Hall of Chamber Series, 2018 - 19 and 2019 - 20. Series funded by Creative Ireland and NCH. Link

Facilitator of IMRO-sponsored Sounding the Feminists (STF) Workshop: 'Writing about Music for the Public'. Chaired discussion between panel of six speakers and large public audience. Link

Talking History: live radio show and podcast. Studio contributor to full hour-long episode about the French composer Georges Bizet. Live episode broadcast 24 February 2019.

RTÉ Radio 1. Interviewed for 'Arena' programme regardomg work on the co-curated National Concert Hall and Sounding the Feminists Chamber Series. Originally broadcast on 12 November 2018. Link

BBC Radio 3 guest. Interviewed by Tom Service for the programme 'Music Matters', in a segment about my Paul Dukas book. Broadcast on Saturday 27 April 2019. Now available as podcast. Link

Sounding the Feminists: Working Group established in 2017 to campaign for gender equality in music. 2017 - present: Elected to the Working Group as Education Officer in 2017. 2018 - present: Five-year funded partnership between NCH and STF, funded by Creative Ireland. Co-curating NCH & STF Chamber Music Series. Focused on the history of women's composition, this series marks a new departure for classical music in Ireland. Committee member for Sounding the Feminists Symposium on Women in Popular and Traditional Music in Ireland, held at DkIT in November 2017. This event was open to all and featured academics, activists, practitioners, students. Consulted with state bodies such as the Arts Council on the development of equality and diversity policy. Media: contributor to RTÉ Radio 1 Arena programme, November 2018. Significant media coverage of Sounding the Feminists' work and influence: Irish Times, Examiner, Journal of Music, Totally Dublin, Women's Podcast, RTÉ Arena.

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of The Royal Musical Association Reviewer
Journal Of The Society For Musicology In Ireland Editor
Cambridge Opera Journal Reviewer
Journal Of The Society For Musicology In Ireland Reviewer
Popular Music Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

http://journalofmusic.com/author/laura-watson

Reviewed book manuscripts

Reviewed chapter

Teaching Interests

Music history; musicology; twentieth-century music; jazz; popular music; women in music; music and gender; music and Ireland in the twentieth century.

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2017 Emma Higgins Maynooth University PhD The Mezzo-Soprano Onstage and Offstage: A Cultural History of the Voice-Type, Singers, and Roles in the French Third Republic (1870–1918)