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Who & Why



My name is Peter Keenan, I am studying for an MMus (Research) in musicology at the University of Glasgow where I am supervised by John Butt. In October 2017 I will be starting my PhD at the University of Sheffield, where I’ll be supervised by Simon Keefe.

My current research is investigating Mozart’s temporal strategies in the finales of his da Ponte operas and examining eighteenth-century treatises on the subject. My PhD title (currently) is: The ‘Religions’ of Mozart: Religious symbolism, ethnographic contexts, and musical intertextuality in Mozart’s works.

My research interests include:

  • Mozart
  • Ligeti
  • Eighteenth-century
  • Reception history
  • Canon formations
  • Music aesthetics
  • Musical analysis
  • Twentieth-century
  • Performance practice
  • Historically informed performance

I also conduct and like cycling.


I feel one of my weak points as a PGR is the actual writing (the key part). I amass substantial material and often struggle to put it into an intelligent and articulate prose. So the purpose of this blog is to encourage me to write more. Some of it will be just standard thoughts, some of it will be more critical pieces (reviews and aspects of my research).