Dr Ben Earle MA (Cantab), MMus (London), PhD (Cantab)

Department of Music
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I specialise in twentieth-century repertory, analysis, critical theory and aesthetics.


I hold a first degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters in Theory and Analysis from Kings College London and a doctorate from Cambridge.


I have been teaching at the University of Birmingham since 2004. Before that I held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Oxford.


I teach undergraduate modules on twentieth-century musical history, on the analysis of tonal and post-tonal music and on critical theory, and postgraduate modules on contemporary music studies and on the history of musical aesthetics.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising PhD dissertations on temporality in late Debussy, British musical Wagnerism, and the Cello Sonata, Op. 8 of Kodaly.

Find out more - our Music postgraduate study  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Doctoral research

PhD title
'Musical Modernism in Fascist Italy: Dallapiccola in the Thirties'.


My research interests are in the history, analysis and criticism of musical modernism, Italian and British.

Other activities

I am (or have been) the following: Library representative, Exams Officer, Plagiarism contact, Welfare tutor, Mitigations officer, Admissions tutor, Director of Learning and Teaching.


Recent publications


Earle, B 2020, 'Eclecticism and judgement: notes on Pizzetti's Tre sonetti del Petrarca', Chigiana: rassegna annuale di studi musicologici, vol. 49, pp. 181-212. <https://www.lim.it/en/chigiana/5925-eclecticism-and-judgement-notes-on-pizzettis-tre-sonetti-del-petrarca-9788855430067.html>

Earle, B 2016, 'Modernism and Reification in the Music of Frank Bridge', Journal of the Royal Musical Association, vol. 141, no. 2, pp. 335-402. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690403.2016.1216045


Earle, B 2021, Structure and Expression in Twelve-Note Music (with some notes, in conclusion, on the first movement of Dallapiccola's Rencesvals). in R Illiano & LL Sala (eds), Luigi Dallapiccola: Politics, Text and Musical Thought. Brepols Publishers.

Earle, B 2018, La libertà? in Programme book for Oper Stuttgart, Luigi Dallapiccola/Wolfgang Rihm, Der Gefangene, Das Gehege. pp. 29-32.

Earle, B 2018, La libertà? in Programme book for La Monnaie/De Munt, Luigi Dallapiccola/Wolfgang Rihm, Il prigioniero, Das Gehege. pp. 63-68 (in French); 69-74 (in Flemish).

Earle, B 2016, Puccini, Fascism, and the Case of Turandot. in A Schwartz & E Senici (eds), Giacomo Puccini and His World. Princeton University Press.

Book/Film/Article review

Earle, B 2019, 'Review of Camilla Poesio, Tutto è ritmo, tutto è swing. Il Jazz, il fascismo e la società italiana', Transposition, vol. 8.

Earle, B 2019, 'Review of Harriet Boyd-Bennett, Opera in Postwar Venice: Cultural Politics and the Avant-Garde', Music and Letters, vol. 100, no. 3, pp. 575-578.

Earle, B 2018, 'Review of Luciano Alberti, la giovinezza sommersa di un compositore: Luigi Dallapiccola', Music and Letters, vol. 98, no. 4, pp. 692-697.

Earle, B 2016, 'Review of Fabian Huss, the music of Frank Bridge', Music and Letters, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 358-360.

Other contribution

Earle, B 2018, Preface to reprint of Riccardo Zandonai, "Colombina" Ouverture per orchestra. Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich.

Earle, B 2017, Preface for reprint of Riccardo Zandonai, Giulietta e Romeo: Episodio sinfonico. Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich.

Earle, B 2016, Preface for reprint of Leone Sinigaglia, Le Baruffe Chiozzotte. Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich.

Earle, B 2016, Preface for reprint of Riccardo Zandonai, Quadri di Segantini. Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich.

Scholarly edition

Earle, B (ed.) 2020, Arthur Bliss: Miracle in the Gorbals. NOV165077 edn, Novello & Company Limited, London, UK.

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