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Dr Caroline Potter

Reader in Music, Kingston University.

Dr  Caroline Potter Areas of expertise

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As a specialist researcher in French music since Debussy, Caroline has published widely and is frequently invited to give talks at other universities and for organisations such as the Gergiev Festival (Rotterdam), ABC Australia and the BBC.

Since the publication of her book on Henri Dutilleux in 1997, she is recognised as the leading authority on this composer; in February 2008 she was involved in the BBC/Cardiff University 'Discovering Dutilleux' weekend, appearing on Music Matters and Performance on 3 (Radio 3), and in September 2009 she was a featured speaker at the opening concert of the London Symphony Orchestra's season. She has had the pleasure of interviewing him on a number of occasions.

In 2006 she published French music since Berlioz, a book co-edited with Richard Langham Smith, which was described in Classical Music magazine (May 2007) as 'among the best music books of the year.' Caroline is currently editing a book: Erik Satie: Music, Art and Literature, which is due for publication in 2013. She is expected to be much in demand as an expert commentator in 2016, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Satie and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dutilleux.



Year gained Subject
1995 PhD on the music of Henri Dutilleux, University of Liverpool.
1992 M.Mus (musicology option), University of Liverpool.
1990 BA (Hons) French and Music, University of Keele.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2000 Reader in Music, Kingston University.
1995-2000 Lecturer in Music, Roehampton University.
1994 - 1995 Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University College.
1992 - 1995 Visiting Lecturer, University of Liverpool.
1990 - 1991 English language tutor, Universite de Picardie, Amiens, France



Smith, Richard Langham and Potter, Caroline, eds. (2006) French music since Berlioz.117 Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. 363p. ISBN 0754602826.

Potter, Caroline28 (2006) Nadia and Lili Boulanger.129 Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. 191p. ISBN 9780754604723.

Potter, Caroline28 (1997) Henri Dutilleux, his life and works.1310 Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. 236p. ISBN 1859283306.


Potter, Caroline28 (2010) The composer, the choreographer and the film star: Henri Dutilleux's music for ballet.511 Musical Times, 151(1911), pp. 71-82. ISSN (print) 0027-4666.

Potter, Caroline28 (2010) The end - or is it? Dutilleux's revisions.612 Contemporary Music Review, 29(5), pp. 515-527. ISSN (print) 0749-4467.

Potter, Caroline28 (2006) Dutilleux at 90.913 Musical Times, 147(1894), pp. 51-58. ISSN (print) 0027-4666.

Potter, Caroline28 (1999) Nadia and Lili Boulanger: sister composers.1014 The Musical Quarterly, 83(4), pp. 536-556. ISSN (print) 0027-4631.

Book Sections:

Potter, Caroline28 (2011) Henri Dutilleux et le prix de Rome.1415 In: Dratwicki, Alexandre and Lu, Julia, (eds.) Le Concours du prix de Rome de musique (1803-1968). Lyon, France : Symetrie. pp. 445-456. ISBN 9782914373517.

Potter, Caroline28 (2007) Messiaen and Dutilleux.1516 In: Dingle, Christopher and Simeone, Nigel, (eds.) Olivier Messiaen: Music, Art and Literature. Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. pp. 23-38. (Music and Literature) ISBN 9780754652977.

Potter, Caroline28 (2006) French music and the Second World War.1617 In: Smith, Richard Langham and Potter, Caroline, (eds.) French music since Berlioz. Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. pp. 281-301. ISBN 0754602826.

Potter, Caroline28 (2006) French musical style and the post-war generation.1718 In: Smith, Richard Langham and Potter, Caroline, (eds.) French music since Berlioz. Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. pp. 331-354. ISBN 0754602826.

Potter, Caroline28 (2003) Debussy and nature.1819 In: Tresize, Simon, (ed.) The Cambridge companion to Debussy. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. pp. 137-151. (Cambridge Companion to Music) ISBN 0521654785.

Potter, Caroline28 (2003) An interview with Edwin Roxburgh.1920 In: O'Hagan, Peter, (ed.) Aspects of British music of the 1990s. Aldershot, UK : Ashgate. pp. 141-148. ISBN 9780754630418.

 Potter, Caroline28 (2002) The French quartet.2021 In: Jarman, Douglas, (ed.) The twentieth-century string quartet. Todmorden, UK : Arc Music. pp. 25-40. ISBN 1900072564.

 Potter, Caroline28 (2002) Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979): the teacher in the marketplace.2122 In: Talbot, Michael, (ed.) The Business of Music. Liverpool, U.K. : Liverpool University Press. pp. 152-170. (Liverpool Music Symposium, no. 2) ISBN 0853235384.





Media Highlights

Caroline has been interviewed a number of times, most notably on BBC Radios 3 and 4.


Conference Highlights

An accomplished conference guest speaker, Caroline has presented both in the UK and overseas.

Professional Body Membership

Royal Musical Association

American Musicological Society

Lyrica Society for word-music relations.

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