booksLinks to full-text copies of publications, as both web pages and PDFs, are given for some items.


  • Ideology in Britten’s Operas. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018. In series ‘Music Since 1900’.
  • The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism: Revolution, Reaction, and William WaltonCambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. pp. xxiv + 277. In series ‘Music in Context’. Review-article in Music & Letters, review in NotesDownload a PDF of Chapter 1. This material has been published in The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism: Revolution, Reaction, and William Walton by J. P. E. Harper-Scott, and has been reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press.
  • With Jim Samson, eds. An Introduction to Music Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. pp. xvi + 296. A companion for music students: a volume of sixteen essays (with an introduction) written by RHUL Music staff. Contributors are J. P. E.Harper-Scott, Jim Samson, Rachel Beckles Willson, Katharine Ellis, John Rink, Andrew Bowie, Henry Stobart, Stephen Rose, David Charlton, Erik Levi, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Julie Brown, Tina K. Ramnarine, Julian Johnson, Brian Lock, and Nicholas Cook.
  • Elgar: an Extraordinary Life. London: ABRSM, 2007. pp. vi + 154. No. 3 in series ‘Extraordinary Lives’. Reviewed in Musical TimesGramophoneBBC Music MagazineNew CriterionElgar Society JournalMUSOSunday ExpressMusic Teacher. Read reviews.
  • With Julian Rushton, eds. Elgar Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. pp. xii + 316. A collection of analytical essays. Contributors are Patrick McCreless (Yale), Charles M. McGuire (Oberlin Conservatory), Christopher Mark (Surrey), Aidan J. Thomson (Queen’s University Belfast), James A. Hepokoski (Yale), J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Daniel M. Grimley (Nottingham), Matthew Riley (Birmingham), John Pickard (Bristol), and Julian Rushton (Leeds).
  • Edward Elgar, Modernist. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. pp. xiv + 255. Paperback reprint, 2009. doi:10.2277/0521862000. In series ‘Music in the Twentieth Century’. Reviewed in Music & LettersJournal of the American Musicological Society, Times Literary SupplementMusical Times (review-article), Journal of British StudiesNotesInternational Record Review, Elgar Society Journal. Read reviews.


Selected reviews and other publications

  • ‘Friends Together’, BBC Music Magazine (June 2018): 28–36.
  • (with Richard Cohn) ‘On hexatonic poles’, Music Analysis 35, no. 1 (2016), 134–8.
  • Review of Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier, Times Literary Supplement (30 January 2015), 18. Read online.
  • Review of Felix Wörner, Ullrich Scheideler, and Philip Rupprecht, eds., Tonality 1900–1950: Concept and Practice. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2012. Music Analysis 33, No. 3 (2014), 388–405.
  • Review of Kenneth Gloag, Postmodernism in Music. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Music & Letters 94, no. 4 (2013): 723–7. doi:10.1093/ml/gcp014.
  • Review of John Drysdale, Elgar’s Earnings (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2013), Times Literary Supplement, 14 February 2014, 11.
  • Review of Elgar, Solo Songs With Orchestra, edited by Julian Rushton, Elgar Complete Edition vol. 14 (Rickmansworth: Elgar Society Edition, 2012), Elgar Society Journal 18 no. 2 (2013): 33–7.
  • Review of Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim’s Progress, English National Opera, Times Literary Supplement (23 November 2012), 18.
  • Review of Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell, eds., Victory over the Sun: the World’s First Futurist Opera (University of Exeter Press, 2012), Times Literary Supplement (2 November 2012), 18. Read online.
  • Review of Eva Rieger, Richard Wagner’s Women (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011), Times Literary Supplement (18 May 2012), 13. Read online.
  • Review of Daniel Albright, Music Speaks: On the Language of Opera, Dance, and Song (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009), and Ruth Katz, A Language of Its Own: Sense and the Making of Western Art Music (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), Times Literary Supplement (7 October 2011), 12–13. Read online.
  • Review of Elgar, The Starlight Express, edited by Roger Dubois, Elgar Complete Edition vol. 19 (Rickmansworth: Elgar Society Edition, 2010), Elgar Society Journal 17 no. 1 (2011): 50–53. Read online.
  • Review of Julian Rushton, ed., Let Beauty Awake: Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Literature (London: Elgar Editions, 2010), Elgar Society Journal 17 no. 1 (2011): 41–3. Read online.
  • Review of Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Romanticism and Musical Culture in Britain: Virtue and Virtuosity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Times Literary Supplement (17 December 2010), 32. Read online.
  • Review of Jules Massenet, Manon, Covent Garden, Times Literary Supplement (16 July 2010): 18.
  • Review of Roland John Wiley, Tchaikovsky (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), and  Adam Zamoyski, Chopin: Prince of the Romantics (London: HarperPress, 2010). Times Literary Supplement (9 July 2010): 12. Read online.
  • Review of Byron Adams, ed. Elgar and His World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. Music & Letters 90, no. 3 (2009): 492–5. doi:10.1093/ml/gcp014.
  • Review of Irene Morra. Twentieth-Century British Authors and the Rise of Opera in Britain. Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. Music & Letters 90, no. 3 (2009): 495–8. doi:10.1093/ml/gcp015.
  • Review of James MacMillan, Parthenogenesis, Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden. Times Literary Supplement (26 June 2009): 18.
  • Review of Diana McVeagh, Elgar the Music Maker. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007. Music & Letters 90, no. 1 (2009): 131–3. doi:10.1093/ml/gcn067.
  • Review of Halina Goldberg, Music in Chopin’s Warsaw. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Times Literary Supplement (30 January 2009): 26.
  • Review of the opening of Kings Place, London. Times Literary Supplement (15 October 2008): 17–18.
  • Review of Rachel Cowgill and Julian Rushton, eds. Europe, Empire, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century British Music. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. Music & Letters 89, no. 3 (2008): 408–11. doi:10.1093/ml/gcm109.
  • Review of Rachel O’Higgins, ed. The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland 1927–1961. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. Musical Times 147, no. 1899 (2007): 110–12.
  • Review of Stephen Benson. Literary Music: Writing Music in Contemporary Fiction. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. Elgar Society Journal 15, no. 1 (2007): 58–63.
  • Review of Jerrold Northrop Moore. Elgar: Child of Dreams. London: Faber, 2004. Elgar Society Journal 13, no. 6 (2004): 46–50.
  • Review of Michael Kennedy. The Life of Elgar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Elgar Society Journal 13, no. 5 (2004): 36–8.

Progamme Notes

  • Tristan und Isolde, Philharmonia Orchestra, 26 September 2010, 10–13.
  • ‘Elgar and the Salon’. In Elgar and His World, 44–7. Annandale on Hudson: Bard College, 2007.