John McGrath

Guitarist, Sound-artist, PhD & Author

Praise for Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music

“Samuel Beckett's experiments at the intersection of music and literature are among the most unique and interesting of their kind. McGrath's study contributes new elements to our understanding of Beckett's work in this area, particularly in its potential to enrich the thinking of musicians and composers. Not "just" a book on Beckett, it makes Beckett the starting point for a number of fruitful meditations on repetition, representation, improvisation, and structural experimentation in the arts. The chapters on Morton Feldman and Scott Fields are especially welcome in this regard.” - Eric Prieto, University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications

Monograph
Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music (New York and London: Routledge, 2018). ISBN: 978-1472475374.

Book Chapter
“Musical Repetition in Samuel Beckett’s Ill Seen Ill Said”, in Time and Space in Words and Music, ed. Mario Dunkel, Emily Petermann and Burkhard Sauerwald (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012), pp.31-42.

Book Reviews
“Beckett and Musicality” by Sara Jane Bailes and Nicholas Till (eds), Music and Letters (2015) 96 (4): 681-683. doi: 10.1093/ml/gcv097

“Mervyn Cooke (ed.), The Hollywood Film Music Reader and Tom Hoover, Keeping Score: Interviews with Today’s Top Film, Television, and Game Music Composers”, in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 6:2 (2012), pp.245-251.

Conference Review
“RMA Students’ Conference: Hull, 5-7 January 2012”, in RMA Newsletter XV: 1 (April 2012).

Concert Review
“Beckett in Music at Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference”; York University, June 2011), Conference Website.


Conference Papers

“Conservative purism and the aesthetics of popular music in folk horror”

RMA Annual Conference, Sep 2017, Liverpool.


Not 1 – Group Improvisation and the loss of self”

IASPM UK & Ireland, Sep8-10 2016, BIMM and University of Sussex, Brighton

 

“Chaired Session:  Video-game music"

Music and Screen Media Conference, 25-26 June 2014, University of Liverpool


 “Scott Fields’ Beckettian Jazz”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2012.

 

Roundtable speaker: “Research Outputs and Impacts: The Value of Our Research”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Hull University, January 2012.

 

“Sounding Beckett: Musical Approaches to Text”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Hull University, January 2012.

 

Hearing Literature: Musical Translations of Samuel Beckett’s Writing”

Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) Student Conference: Dublin Institute of Technology, January 2012.

 

“Rhythm and Repetition: Semantic Fluidity in Beckett's Late Prose”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2011.

 

“Musico-literary Studies Today”

Institute of Musical Research Study Day: London, February 2011.

 

“Music and Irish Modernist Narratives”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Manchester, January 2011.

 

“Silent Music in Irish Literary Modernism”

International Association of Word and Music Studies Forum (WMAF): Dortmund, November 2010.

 

“Samuel Beckett and the Condition of Music”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2010.