Michael Hooper

Senior Lecturer

I am an historical musicologist. My main area of expertise is music of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in Australia and the UK. I spend most of my research time in archives and undertaking analysis. I also maintain an interest in the scholarship of musical performance. My most recent book is Australian Music and Modernism: 1960-1975 (Bloomsbury 2019)

From 2012 to 2015 I was an ARC DECRA (an ARC-funded Research Fellowship) which investigated music composed in the 1960s and early 1970s, and my focus is on composers such as Richard Meale, Nigel Butterley, Peter Sculthorpe, Don Banks, and David Lumsdiane. I am particularly interested in this period for the international links that these composers maintained. This follows my earlier book: The Music of David Lumsdaine (2012).

Alongside this strand of my work, I am interested in performance, and in the collaborations between and surrounding performers, composers and instruments. I trained as a mandolinist (BMus Hons, MMus, at The University of Sydney).

Between 2008 and 2012 I worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. There I undertook research into the Wardour Castle Summer Schools, interviewing many of those who were there (Birtwistle, Davies, Wood, Holloway, Northcott, Pruslin, Smalley, Gilbert...). I also worked with Christopher Redgate to document and write about the new oboe that he developed with Howarth of London. This involved recording meetings between him and the composers writing for the new instruments, and interviewing those involved, and it resulted in several publications about collaboration.

Subject areas
lensMusic

Publications

Books
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Hooper M, 2019, Australian Music and Modernism, 1960-1975, Bloomsbury Academic, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/australian-music-and-modernism-1960-1975-9781501348204/
2019
Hooper M, 2019, Australian Music and Modernism, 1960-1975, Bloomsbury Academic
2019
Hooper M, 2012, The music of David Lumsdaine : Kelly Ground to cambewarra, ASHGATE, Farnham
2012
Hooper M, (ed.), 2011, Songs for the Twenty-First Century, Original, UYMP, York
2011
Book Chapters
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Hooper M, 2020, 'Editorial Principles', in Hooper MJ (ed.), , Toccata Press, London
2020
Hooper M, 2020, 'The Main Themes of Roger Smalley’s Writings', in Hooper M (ed.), , Toccata Press, London
2020
Hooper M, 2019, 'Don Banks: Hammer Horror and Serial Composition', in Wierzbicki J (ed.), Double Lives Film Composers in the Concert Hall, Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Double-Lives-Film-Composers-in-the-Concert-Hall-1st-Edition/Wierzbicki/p/book/9780367028879
2019
Hooper M, 2019, 'Editorial Principles', in Hooper MJ (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
2019
Hooper M, 2019, 'The Main Themes of Roger Smalley’s Writings', in Hooper M (ed.), Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
2019
Hooper M, 2019, 'Don Banks: Hammer Horror and Serial Composition', in Wierzbicki J (ed.), Double Lives Film Composers in the Concert Hall, Routledge
2019
Hooper MJ, 2017, 'The Art of Scholarship', in Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, Rowman & Littlefield, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498544818/Perspectives-on-Artistic-Research-in-Music
2017
Hooper M, 2004, 'David Lumsdaine’s Kelly Ground', in Hair G (ed.), Modernism in Australian Music, 1950-2000: Eight Case Studies, edn. Original, Southern Voices, Amaroo
2004
Conference Papers
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Hooper MJ, 2016, 'Elliott Gyger's Fly Away Peter', in Roger Covell at 85, UNSW, UNSW, presented at Roger Covell 85th Celebrations, UNSW, 05 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
2016
Conference Presentations
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Hooper M, 2013, 'The Wardour Castle Summer Schools and the formation of British Music Theatre?', presented at RMA, London, 19 September 2013 - 21 September 2013
2013
Hooper M, 2013, 'Four Technologies in David Lumsdaine’s Aria for Edward John Eyre', presented at Modern Soundscapes, UNSW, 10 July 2013 - 13 July 2013
2013
Hooper M, 2013, 'Richard Meale’s Modernism', presented at ICMSN, Liverpool, UK, 12 September 2013 - 15 September 2013
2013
Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performa ‘11, Conference on Performance Studies, University of Aveiro, 01 January 2011
2011
Hooper M, 2011, 'The Start of Performance', presented at Performance Studies Network International Conference, Cambridge, 01 January 2011
2011
Hooper M, 2011, 'Does Collaboration Matter?', presented at International Conference of Music Since Nineteen‐Hundred (ICMSN), Lancaster, 01 January 2011
2011
Hooper M, 2010, 'Detailing the Wardour Castle Summer Schools', presented at Royal Musical Association annual conference, IMR, London, 01 January 2010
2010
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Hooper MJ, 2016, Unfold, Unfold, 01 July 2016 - 01 July 2016, medium: CD, online
2016
Edited Books
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Hooper M, (ed.), 2020, Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
2020
Hooper M, (ed.), 2019, Roger Smalley on Music: collected writings, Toccata Press, London
2019
Journal articles
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Hooper M, 2019, 'A note about discipline: analysis, performance, and birdsong', Journal of Music Research Online, vol. 10, http://www.jmro.org.au/index.php/mca2/article/view/240
2019
Hooper M, 2019, 'Australian Music, the 1960s and early 1970s - history, nationalism, and celebration', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/australian-music-the-1960s-and-early-1970s-history-nationalism-and-celebration
2019
Hooper M, 2019, 'Hooper, Michael. “Björn Heile and Charles Wilson, Eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music. Routledge. £175.” Tempo 73, no. 289 (2019): 86–87.', Tempo, pp. 86 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298219000299
2019
Hooper MJ, 2016, ''Traces of birdsong in Elliott Gyger’s opera Fly Away Peter'', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 76, pp. 169 - 193
2016
Hooper MJ, 2015, '‘Singing Seahorses: Eyre and the Air’', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 75, pp. 114 - 132, http://southerlyjournal.com.au/project/elemental/
2015
Hooper MJ, 2015, 'Confusion in the service of discovery', Tempo, vol. 69, pp. 12 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000990
2015
Hooper M, 2014, 'FINNISSY: The History of Photography in Sound Metier MSV77501 (I Pace)', TEMPO, vol. 68, pp. 88 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000217
2014
Hooper M, 2013, 'Collaboration and coordination in the creation of new music', Leonardo, vol. 46, pp. 78 - 79, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/leonardo/v046/46.1.hooper.html
2013
Hooper M, 2013, 'The Pierrot Ensembles: Chronicle and Catalogue, 1912–2012', Musicology Australia, vol. 35, pp. 302 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08145857.2013.866884
2013
Hooper M, 2012, 'The Start of Performance, or: Does Collaboration Matter?', Tempo, vol. 66, pp. 26 - 36
2012
Hooper , 2011, '‘Energetic Gravity’', Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/david-lumsdaine-s-energetic-gravity
2011
Hooper M, 2011, 'Forming, Submerging, Flames, Air: A Musical Architecture for Vic Hoyland’s Phoenix', Tempo, vol. 65, pp. 18 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298211000039
2011
Hooper M, 2011, 'Reaching Higher: Finnissy’s Greatest Hits of All Time as the impetus for innovation', The Musical Times, vol. 152, pp. 43 - 57
2011
Music Compositions
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Hooper M, 2018, The sound of persuasion, Publication: Golden Spike Press, Valencia, California, publication category: Music Compositions
2018
Other
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Hooper M, 2019, Hooper, Michael. “Björn Heile and Charles Wilson, Eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music. Routledge. £175.” Tempo 73, no. 289 (2019): 86–87., Tempo,
2019
Fabian D (ed.), 2016, Elliott Gyger's opera Fly Away Peter, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, Sydney
2016
Hooper MJ, 2015, When music and poetry converse, http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue126/11913
2015
Hooper (ed.), 2015, [Liner Notes for the CD] David Gorton: Orfordness, http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/28550info.htm
2015
Hooper MJ, 2014, Review: Michael Finnissy: The History of Photography in Sound. Ian Pace (pno). Métier MSV77501., Tempo, Cambridge, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0040298214000217
2014
Hooper (ed.), 2014, Unfold: fresh approaches to older works, Australian Music Centre, Sydney
2014