Dr. Nicholas Reyland

Title: Senior Lecturer in Music and Film Studies
Phone: Tel 01782 733297
Email: n.w.reyland@keele.ac.uk
Location: Room F8, The Clockhouse
Role: On Research Leave this semester.
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Dr Nicholas Reyland is Senior Lecturer in Music and Film Studies at Keele University, where he also teaches on modules taken by MCC, English and Music Technology students, and contributes to the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme. His research interests include Polish music and film (principally the music of Witold Lutoslawski and films of Krzysztof Kieslowski), narratology, screen music and sound, affect and embodiment, and, more broadly, the theory, analysis and criticism of music since 1900. He published two books in 2012: Zbigniew Preisner’s ‘Three Colors’ Trilogy: A Film Score Guide and (as co-editor with Michael Klein) Music and Narrative since 1900. Further recent research has appeared in journals including Music Analysis, Music & Letters and Music, Sound and the Moving Image and Twentieth-Century Music. His first major article, ‘Lutoslawski, “Akcja” and the Poetics of Musical Plot’, was joint-winner of the 2007 Westrup Prize for articles of particular distinction published in Music & Letters; in 2015 he was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship to lead an international team of Lutosławski researchers and to conduct new research of his own into the relationship between the composer’s life and music. He has given invited research seminars at prestigious venues including Cornell University, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Institute for Musical Research, written for The Guardian, been interviewed on BBC Radio 3s Music Matters, appeared as a pre-concert speaker at the BBC Proms, written for the Philharmonia’s Woven Words Lutoslawski centenary website, and spoken at the same orchestra’s public study day, Lutoslawski and the Interior Drama. His work has been described as ‘deep and absorbing’ with ‘innovative and challenging arguments’ (Popular Music 32/1, 2013). 

His current research projects include, as part of his AHRC Early Career Fellowship, a series of essays on Lutosławski plus work towards a new collection entitled Lutosławski’s Worlds (to be co-edited with Lisa Jakelski, Eastman). Current and forthcoming work also includes: a position paper on film music, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman and affect (MSMI, forthcoming); co-editing (with Stacey Sewell and Rebecca Thumpston) a collection on music analysis and the body for Leuven University Press, to include his own paper on empathy, affect, class and TV sitcom The Royle Family; a co-authored paper (with Annette Davison, Edinburgh) on TV drama Utopia for the Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media; an essay on film music, affect and narration for the Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound; and, in July 2015, convening the Music Analysis International Summer School and Conference (KeeleMAC) at Keele University.

Nick studied music at the University of Surrey before undertaking doctoral research at Cardiff University, where was awarded his doctorate in 2005. While completing his doctoral research part-time between 1998 and 2005, he worked full-time for the London Sinfonietta, primarily as the ensemble’s Marketing Manager. He was also Editor of the journal British Postgraduate Musicology during this period, and lectured in music at Cardiff University from 2002-4 and at the University of Surrey in 2005. In January 2005 he was elected to the post of Events Officer of the Society for Music Analysis. In 2009, he co-organised the Sixth International Conference on Music since 1900 (with Diego Garro) at Keele University; in 2013, he co-organised the Society for Music Analysis’s Theory and Analysis Graduate Students Conference (with Becky Thumpston), also at Keele. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Music Analysis and Twentieth-Century Music. He was appointed to his post at Keele in 2005, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012, and is an elected member of Senate for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2013 he was awarded ‘Academic of the Year’ for his work with Keelelink, Keele University’s widening participation and outreach programme.

Dr Nicholas Reyland is a specialist in recent Polish music and film (particularly the music of Witold Lutoslawski, the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski, and the film scores of Zbigniew Preisner), narrative theory, screen music, affect and embodiment, and, more broadly, the theory, analysis and criticism of music since 1900. 

He has recently published his first two books, Zbigniew Preisner’s ‘Three Colors’ Trilogy: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2012) and the co-edited collection (with Michael Klein, Temple University) Music and Narrative since 1900 (Indiana University Press, 2012), which included his chapter, ‘Negation and Negotiation: Plotting Narrative through Literature and Music from Modernism to Postmodernism’. Other recent and forthcoming publications include articles in Music & Letters, Music Analysis, Music Sound and the Moving Image and Witold Lutoslawski Studies, plus essays in the collections Popular Music and Television in Britain (Ashgate, 2012, edited by Ian Inglis) and on ‘Music and Narrative’ in Ideas in the Aesthetics of Music (Routledge, forthcoming, edited by Stephen Downes). He has recently given papers at Cornell University, the Institute of Musical Research and in a plenary session at the Royal Musical Association’s Annual Conference; in September 2013 he will give a position paper on film music, ‘Metaphysics and McScoring’, in a plenary session on directions in music since 1900 at the Eighth International Conference on Music Since 1900 (Liverpool Hope) and an invited paper, ‘Lutoslawski, Affect and Anger’ at the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Warsaw, as part of an conference celebrating the Lutoslawski centenary as part of the Warsaw Autumn Festival. He is also working on a British Academy funded study on the effect of differently paced children’s television on young children’s behaviour (with Keele Psychology colleagues Alexandra Lamont and Sarah Rose).

Nick has held the posts of Editor, British Postgraduate Musicology and Events Officer, Society for Music Analysis. He organised the 2009 Sixth International Conference on Music since 1900 (with Diego Garro) and the 2013 SMA Theory and Analysis Graduate Students Conference (with Becky Thumpston) at Keele. He presently serves on the editorial boards of Music Analysis and Twentieth-Century Music. His research has been disseminated to a wide audience through appearances at the BBC Proms and on BBC Radio 3, writing for The Guardian, and projects with the Philharmonia orchestra and Polish Cultural Institute, Brussels.

Selected Publications

  • Reyland NW. 2017. Screen Music, Narrative and/or Affect: Kieślowski’s Musical Bodies. In The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. Mera M, Sadoff R, Winters B (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Reyland NW. 2015. Corporate Classicism and the Metaphysical Style: Affects, Effects, and Contexts of Two Recent Trends in Screen Scoring. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, vol. 9(2), 115-130. doi>
  • Reyland NW. 2015. The Spaces of Dream: Lutosławski's Modernist Heterotopias. Twentieth-Century Music, vol. 12(1), 37-70. doi> link>
  • Reyland N. 2014. Witold Lutosławski: His Life and Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music. Wise Publications. link>
  • Reyland NW. 2014. Narrative. In Ideas in the Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Approaches. (14 vols.). New York & Abingdon: Routledge.

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Books

  • Reyland N. 2014. Witold Lutosławski: His Life and Work with Authoritative Text and Selected Music. Wise Publications. link>
  • Klein ML and Reyland NW. 2013. Music and Narrative Since 1900. Indiana University Press.
  • Reyland NW. 2011. Zbigniew Preisner's Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red. Scarecrow Press. link>

Journal Articles

  • Reyland NW. 2015. Corporate Classicism and the Metaphysical Style: Affects, Effects, and Contexts of Two Recent Trends in Screen Scoring. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, vol. 9(2), 115-130. doi>
  • Reyland NW. 2015. The Spaces of Dream: Lutosławski's Modernist Heterotopias. Twentieth-Century Music, vol. 12(1), 37-70. doi> link>
  • Reyland NW. 2012. The Beginnings of a Beautiful Friendship? Music Narratology and Screen Music Studies. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, vol. 6(1), 55-71. doi>
  • Reyland NW. 2009. Michael Schelle. The Score: Interviews with Film Composers. The Journal of Film Music, vol. 1(4), 473-477. doi>
  • Reyland N. 2009. Above and Beyond or Betwixt and Between?. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, vol. 3(2), 215-235. doi>
  • Reyland N. 2008. Livre or Symphony? Lutoslawski's Livre pour orchestre and the Enigma of Musical Narrativity. Music Analysis, vol. 27(2-3), 253-294. link> doi>
  • Reyland N. 2008. Notes on the Construction of Lutoslawski's Conception of Musical Plot. Witold Lutoslawski Studies, vol. 2, 9-25.
  • REYLAND NW. 2007. 'Lutoslawski, 'Akcja', and the Poetics of Musical Plot'. Music & Letters, vol. 88(4), 604-631. link> doi>
  • Reyland N. 2006. Polish music since Szymanowski. TEMPO, vol. 236, 69-70. link>
  • Reyland N. 2003. Balakauskas The 'Land of Ulro' - La 'Lointaine'. OPERA, vol. 54(2), 192-+. link>
  • Reyland N. 2003. The 45th annual Warsaw Autumn Festival, 2002. TEMPO, vol. 223, 76-78. link>
  • Reyland NW. 2002. A Protean Diversity: Lutoslawski Studies. Polish Music Journal, vol. 5(2).
  • Reyland N. 2001. Engineering The Soul. Central Europe Review, vol. 3(16).

Chapters

  • Reyland NW. 2017. Screen Music, Narrative and/or Affect: Kieślowski’s Musical Bodies. In The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. Mera M, Sadoff R, Winters B (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Reyland NW. 2014. Narrative. In Ideas in the Aesthetics of Music: Musicological Approaches. (14 vols.). New York & Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Reyland NW. 2013. Experiencing agapē: Preisner and Kieślowski's Three Colours: Blue. In Polish Music Since 1945. Mantzourani E (Ed.). Krakow: Musica Iagellonica.
  • Reyland NW. 2012. Negation and Negotiation: Plotting Musical Narrative through Literary and Musical Modernism. In Music and Narrative since 1900. Klein M and Reyland N (Eds.). Indiana University Press.
  • Reyland NW. 2010. 'A Postman Mans Up: The Changing Identities of Postman Pat'. In Popular Music and Television in Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate. link>
  • Reyland N. 2008. Lutoslawski. In The Concise New Makers of Modern Culture. Wintle J (Ed.). Routledge.
  • Reyland N. 2008. Penderecki. In The Concise New Makers of Modern Culture. Wintle J (Ed.). Routledge.
  • Reyland N. 2006. Gorecki. In New Makers of Modern Culture. Wintle J (Ed.). Routledge.
  • Reyland N. 2006. Lutoslawski. In New Makers of Modern Culture. Wintle J (Ed.).
  • Reyland N. 2006. Penderecki. In New Makers of Modern Culture. Wintle J (Ed.). Routledge.
  • Reyland NW and Davison A. The Janus Project: Cristobal Tapia de Veer's Utopia, Anempathetic Empathy and the Radicalization of Convention. In Integrated Soundtracks: Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media. Kulezic-Wilson D and Greene L (Eds.). Palgrave. doi>

Dr Nicholas Reyland teaches on the Music, Music Technology and Film Studies undergraduate degree programmes at Keele University; he also contributes to modules taken by MCC (Media, Communications and Culture) and English students, to the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme, and to the Humanities MRes. He regularly delivers sessions to school and college students as part of Keele University’s widening participation and outreach programme, Keelelink.

Nick usually* teaches on/convenes the following undergraduate modules:

- Level 1: Active Listening (with Prof. Michael Vaughan) and Popular Music
- Level 2: Lyrics and the Popular Song (with Joe Stretch), Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film, and Record Production in Theory and Practice (with Dr Diego Garro)
- Level 3: Approaches to Music Analysis, Analysis Project, Composition (song writing and screen scoring), Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television, and Dissertation (Music and Film Studies)

* Please note that Dr Reyland is on research leave in semester one, 2013/14.

Nick is delighted to discuss postgraduate research projects relating to his research and teaching interests. Current and recent postgraduate supervisions include projects on agency and narrativity in 20th-century cello music, Mozart on film, Baz Luhrmann, iPods and performativity, narrativity in progressive rock, the scoring style of Hans Zimmer, game music, J-horror, narrativity and everyday listening, and Mahler’s late symphonies.