Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams


Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams [+-]
University of Bristol
Dr Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Music at Plymouth University. Prior to her appointment in 2014, she lectured at Leeds College of Music and Cardiff University, and taught on various modules at the University of Bristol. Throughout her musicological study (BMus King's College London, MA and PhD University of Nottingham), Katherine maintained an active profile as a saxophonist, performing and teaching in the idioms of classical, jazz and new music. Katherine's research has been published by Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Jazz Research Journal (forthcoming 2014). Her first monograph is in production with Equinox Press, and she is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (forthcoming 2016), and the Singer-Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).


Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (b. 1973) is famous around the world for his engaging live performances and multi-faceted musical style. Katherine Williams uses several aspects of his musical style persona, and biography as springboards from which to discuss and interrogate musicological and analytical frameworks. A primary theme is the interplay between popular music and Western Art Music: one of Williams’ primary aims in Rufus Wainwright is to show that different techniques of analysing music from a popular musicology standpoint are a valuable contribution to the wider musicological discipline, and conversely that the application of theories from traditional musicology can shed light on popular song. More details about Rufus Wainwright can be found at Williams’ recent blogpost on Thinking About Music, available here .

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Williams, Katherine . Introduction. Rufus Wainwright. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-8 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781795194. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23863. Jan 2016

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