Darren Sproston

Musicologist

Darren's principal areas of musicological research have been into the serial techniques of Stravinsky and Roberto Gerhard (his four symphonies and Concerto for Orchestra), and he has presented papers both nationally and internationally in these areas. Publications include:

Chapters and journal articles:

It’s All in Proportion: Tracing the Evolution of the Time-Aggregate in Roberto Gerhard’s Music in Essays on Roberto Gerhard published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 183-201.

Metamorphosing: The Construction and Deconstruction of Roberto Gerhard’s Second Symphony in Essays on Roberto Gerhard published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 202-221.

The Serial Symphonist in The Roberto Gerhard Companion published by Ashgate 2013.

Serial Structures in Roberto Gerhard’s First and Second Symphonies published in Tempo no. 248, April 2009, pp. 21-34.

Thematicism in Roberto Gerhard's Concerto for Orchestra published in Tempo no. 184, March 1993, pp.18-22.

Papers:

It’s All in Proportion Tracing the Evolution of the Time-Aggregate in Roberto Gerhard’s Music presented at Chester Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM) Seminar Series, 2015.

Persistent Memories and the (Un)Popular Music Dichotomy, professorial inaugural lecture at the University of Chester, November 2012.

Broken Structures in Roberto Gerhard’s Metamorphoses presented at the Second International Roberto Gerhard Conference in Barcelona, April 2012.

Serial Metamorphoses in the Music of Roberto Gerhard presented at the Roberto Gerhard Conference, University of Huddersfield 2010.

Water + Tango = H2angO; the compositional process as part of the Centre for Practice as Research in the Arts, University of Chester Research Seminar Series, 2010.

Serial Structures in Roberto Gerhard’s Second Symphony as part of the Wolverhampton University Research Seminar Series, 2005.

Sportively Spanish or Seriously Serial?  An introduction to the Music of Roberto Gerhard as part of the Wolverhampton University Research Seminar Series, 2003

Pre-concert talk at University of Wolverhampton as a prelude to the première performance of Invention in Momentum by the English Serenata, 2001.

Paving the Way: an analysis of Song of the Paving Stones by David Harold Cox at University College Cork, Ireland as part of the Cork International Choral Festival seminars on contemporary choral music, 1996

Roberto Gerhard’s Symphonies and Concerto for Orchestra presented at University College Cork as part of the Music Department’s Research Seminar Series, 1995.