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Caroline Rae  MA, DPhil (Oxon), Dipl Mus (Hanover), ARCM

Dr Caroline Rae

MA, DPhil (Oxon), Dipl Mus (Hanover), ARCM

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Caroline Rae is a Reader in music, pianist, writer and broadcaster. She is a programming consultant to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was Series Advisor to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s international festival of French music ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950’. While her research centres on French music since Debussy, she also works on twentieth-century music in Latin America and has particular interests in Franco-Hispanic interactions as well as performance practice and music criticism. She gives recitals and lecture-recitals relating to her research interests and has given numerous papers, including keynotes, at international conferences. Recent public talks include at the BBC Proms, The Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal College of Music. She has been a jury member for the BBC Young Musician Competition and Wales International Piano Competition.

She was a piano pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman from childhood, later studying in France with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen (French Government Scholarship) and in Germany with David Wilde and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She is a graduate of Somerville College Oxford University.

External Examining

  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Keele University
  • Sheffield University
  • City University
  • Open University
  • Université d’Aix-Marseille
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne

School of Music and University Committees (selective)

In the School of Music Caroline Rae has been Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Studies, and Coordinator of Music’s Erasmus and Study Abroad Exchange Programmes. In the University she has served on Senate, Standing Committee of Senate, Teaching and Learning Committee, Innovation and Engagement Network, Equality and Diversity Committee and Appeals Committee.





























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Caroline Rae’s research centres on 20th- and 21st century music in France with particular emphasis on Debussy, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Jolivet and Ohana. She also works on twentieth-century music in Cuba and Latin America, is an authority on the musical writings of Alejo Carpentier, and has interests in Franco-Hispanic interactions as well as performance practice and music criticism. She has published widely, and given conference papers, on these areas, and gives recitals and lecture-recitals relating to her research interests. She is currently preparing the first book on Jolivet in English as well as an interdisciplinary monograph on Magic Realism, Music and Literature, both forthcoming with Ashgate. Articles in press include on Marius-François Gaillard's Debussy, and the music criticism of Alejo Carpentier. She has received Research Grants from the British Academy (2004) and AHRC (2004-5).

Conferences and Symposia organised

  • 2017: ‘Spectral Thinking’, Oxford University (conference committee)
  • 2016: ‘Dutilleux Centenary Conference’ in collaboration with the French Embassy; Cardiff University.
  • 2015: ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950’ in association with the Institute of Musical Research and Institut français de Londres.
  • 2014-15: ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950’ Explore Days at The Royal Festival Hall, Somerset House and Cardiff University.
  • 2013: ‘Music Since 1900’, Liverpool Hope University (conference committee)
  • 2012: ‘Sacher Perspectives: Musicology at the Paul Sacher Foundation’ in association with the Paul Sacher Foundation, Swiss Embassy and Royal Musical Association; Cardiff University.
  • 2011: ‘Dutilleux at 95 Study Day’, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House; University of London.
  • 2011: ‘André Jolivet Composer Portrait Symposium; Cardiff University.
  • 2008: BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival Symposium; Cardiff University.



  • Rae, C. 2016. ‘Dutilleux and the Power of Enchantment’, BBC Proms Guide (London, BBC Publications) pp. 54-57.
  • Rae C. 2016. ‘Dutilleux Composer Profile’, BBC Proms programmes, Prom 32,33 and 34 (London, BBC Publications).
  • Rae, C. 2014. ‘The Magic of Timbre: French Orchestral Sound’, City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 Programme Book (London: Philharmonia Orchestra) pp. 23-26, and www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris/essays
  • Rae, C. and Potter, C. 2014. ‘Paris City of Light: The French Musical Milieu’. City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 Programme Book (London: Philharmonia Orchestra) pp. 12-19 and www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris/essays
  • Rae, C. and Potter, C. 2014. ‘French Music and the Stage: Spectacle and the Spectacular’, City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 Programme Book (London: Philharmonia Orchestra) pp.32-35 and www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris/essays
  • .Rae, C. 2014. ‘Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Piano Concerto for Left Hand, Daphnis et Chloé, Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Debussy La Damoiselle élue, Messiaen Turangalîla-symphonie’, [programme notes], City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 Programme Book (London: Philharmonia Orchestra) pp.44, 51, 56, 63-64.
  • Rae, C. 2014. ‘Allegro Appassionato by Jean Wiener’, [Book Review] Music and Letters, vol.95/2, pp. 304-305.
  • Rae, C. 2011. ‘Debussyist, Modernist, Exoticist: Marius-François Gaillard Rediscovered’, The Musical Times vol. 152 no.1916, pp. 59-80.
  • Rae, C. 2011. ‘André Jolivet Symphonie no.3, Cello Concerto No.2, Bassoon Concerto’ [BBC commissioned programme notes], André Jolivet: Composer Portrait (Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales) pp.2-7.
  • Rae, C. 2011. ‘Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain, L’arbre des songes, Slava’s Fanfare [BBC Proms commissioned programme notes] Prom 26 and 52 (London: BBC Publications)
  • Rae, C. 2010. ‘Beyond Boundaries: Dutilleux’s Foreign Leavening’, Contemporary Music Review ‘Dutilleux at 95’, eds. C. Potter and C. Rae, vol.29/51, pp.431-446.
  • Rae, C and Potter C, 2010. ‘Preface’ Contemporary Music Review ‘Dutilleux at 95’, eds. C. Potter and C. Rae, vol.29/5, pp. 429-430.
  • Rae, C. 2010. ‘Maurice Duruflé: The Man and his Music by James E Frazier’, [Book Review] Music and Letters vol. 91/1, pp. 126-128.
  • Rae, C. 2009. ‘Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora’ [Music Review], Ethnomusicology vol.53/1, pp.146-151.
  • Rae, C. 2008. ‘In Havana and Paris: the Musical Activities of Alejo Carpentier', Music and Letters vol.89 no.3, pp. 373-395.
  • Rae, C. 2008. ‘A Conversation with Henri Dutilleux’, BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival Programme Book (BBC Publications) pp.8-9.
  • Rae, C. 2008. ‘Dutilleux Piano Sonata and Tout un monde lointain…’ , [programme notes] BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival Programme Book (BBC Publications) pp.12-15.
  • Rae, C. 2008. ‘Dutilleux Mystère de l’instant and [programme note] BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival Programme Book (BBC Publications) pp.25-26.
  • Rae, C. 2007. ‘The Musical Collaborations of Alejo Carpentier: Afrocubanism and the Quest for Spiritual Renewal', Bulletin of Spanish Studies 84/7, pp. 905-929.
  • Rae, C. 2007. 'Erinnerungen, Träume, Gedanken: Lieder des Zwanzigejahrhunderts', Programmbuch zum Europäischen Musikfest Stuttgart (Stuttgart: Internationale Bachakademie) pp. 232-239.
  • Rae, C. 2006. 'Jolivet on Jolivet: an Interview with the Composer’s Daughter’, The Musical Times, vol.147 no.1894, pp. 5-22.
  • Rae, C. 2005. ‘Maurice Ohana: From the Garden of the Hesperides’, [CD booklet] Les enregistrements Erato Maurice Ohana, Warner Classics 2564 61321-2, pp.19-25.
  • Rae, C. 2005. ‘Alexandre Tansman Symphonies’ [CD booklet] Chandos CHSA 5054-5056.
  • Rae, C. 2004. ‘Myth and Mysticism in Jolivet: Musical Magic Realism?’, Cahiers rémois de musicologie vol. 2, pp.139-171.
  • Rae, C. 2004. ‘André Jolivet’, [CD booklet] Les enregistrements Erato André Jolivet, Warner Classics 2564 61320-2 pp.19-26.
  • Rae, C. 2004. ‘Irish Music in the Twentieth Century ed. Gareth Cox’, [book review], Music and Letters vol.85/4, pp. 666-669.
  • Rae, C. 2004. ‘Lutoslawski Studies ed. Zbigniew Skowron’, [book review], Music and Letters vol. 85/1, pp. 127-132.
  • Rae, C. 2003. ‘Albert Roussel: un marin musician by Damien Top’ [book review], Music and Letters vol.84/1, pp. 120-121.
  • Rae, C. 2001. Articles in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ed. J Tyrrell (London: Macmillan): ‘Roger Boutry’, vol.4, p.124; ‘Marius Constant’, vol.6, pp. 334-5; ‘Maurice Delaistier’, vol.7, p.148; ‘Maurice Ohana’, vol.18 pp. 361-4; ‘Michael Robinson’, vol.21, pp. 473-4; ‘Alexandre Tansman’, vol.25, pp. 79-80; ‘Pierre Wissmer’, vol.27, p. 450.
  • Rae, C. 2001. ‘Maurice Ohana's Livre des prodiges, Anneau du Tamarit and Synaxis', Tempo no.216, pp.55-58.
  • Rae, C. 2001. ‘The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music 1922-1936: Shaping a Nation’s Tastes by Jenny Doctor’, [book review] Tempo no. 215, pp. 32-33.
  • Rae, C. 2000. ‘Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana: Victims of an Exclusion Zone’, Tempo, no. 212, pp. 22-30.
  • Rae, C. 2000. ‘Ohana’s In Dark and Blue, Sorgin-Ngô and other Music for Strings’, Notes, no. 57/2, pp. 464-68.
  • Rae, C. 2000. ‘Olivier Messiaen: a Bibliographical Catalogue of Messiaen’s Works by Nigel Simeone’, [book review], Music and Letters vol.81/1, pp.150-151.
  • Rae, C. 2000. 'Maurice Ohana’s Office des oracles and Messe', [CD review] Tempono.212, pp. 55-57.
  • Rae, C. 1999. ‘La référence à Bach dans les oeuvres néo-classiques de Stravinsky’, [book review] Music and Letters, vol.80/4, pp. 654-655.
  • Rae, C .1995. ‘The Piano Music of Maurice Ohana’, Revista Musica, 6/12 pp. 44-74.
  • Rae, C. 1994. ‘Debussy et Ohana: allusions et références’, Cahiers Debussy nos.17-18, pp.103-120.
  • Rae, C. 1994. 'La magie musicale de Maurice Ohana', Le monde de la musique cahier no.2, eds. J. Roy and F. Deval, pp.16-17
  • Rae, C. 1993. ‘Le symbolisme et l’archétype du mythe européen dans l’oeuvre de Maurice Ohana’. Cahiers du CIREM, 24-5, pp. 115-130.
  • Rae, C. 1992. 'Honegger: A Centenary Reappraisal', The Musical Times, pp.118-21
  • Rae, C. 1991. ‘Maurice Ohana: Iconoclast or Individualist ?’ The Musical Times, pp. 69-74
  • Rae, C. 1992. ‘Maurice Ohana’, Contemporary Composers Dictionary ed. Brian Morton (London: St. James Press) pp.703-5.
  • Rae, C. 1992. ‘La Célestine’ The New Grove Dictionary of Opera vol.i (London: Macmillan, p. 795; Maurice Ohana’ The New Grove Dictionary of Opera vol.iii (London, Macmillan), pp. 659-660.


  • Rae, C. 2017 (forthcoming) ed., André Jolivet: Music, Art and Literature (Aldershot, Ashgate)
  • Rae, C. and Potter C. 2010. eds. Dutilleux at 95: Contemporary Music Review Vol. 29. no.5
  • Rae, C. 2008. (ed.) Robert Sherlaw Johnson Messiaen, revised and expanded
  • Rae, C. 2000. The Music of Maurice Ohana (Aldershot, Ashgate)

Book Sections (Chapters)

  • Rae, C. 2017. ‘Marius-François Gaillard’s Debussy: Controversies and Pianistic Legacy’. In: Duchesneau M., Huebner, S. and de Medicis, F. eds. Debussy’s Resonance (Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press) [in press]
  • Rae, C. 2017. ‘From a Foreign Correspondent: the Parisian Chronicles of Alejo Carpentier’. In: Kelly, B.L. and Moore, C. eds. Music Criticism in France in the Interwar Period, 1918-1939 (Rochester NY: Boydell and Brewer) [in press].
  • Rae, C. 2013. ‘Messiaen and the Romantic Gesture: Contemplations on his Piano Music and Pianism’. In Dingle, C. and Fallon, R. eds. Messiaen Perspectives 1: Sources and Influences, (Farnham: Ashgate) pp. 235-256 .
  • Rae, C. 2013. ‘Messiaen and Ohana: Parallel Preoccupations or Anxiety of Influence?’. In: Dingle, C. and Fallon, R. eds. Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception, eds. (Farnham: Ashgate) pp.153-174.
  • Rae, C. 2013. ‘Dutilleux and Lutosławski: Franco-Polish Connections’. In: Mantzourani, E. ed. Polish Music since 1945 (Kraków: Musica Iagellonica Press) pp.147-161.
  • Rae, C. 2008. ‘The Works of Messiaen’s Final Years’. In: Sherlaw Johnson, R. Messiaen ed. Caroline Rae (London: Omnibus Press) pp. 196-208.
  • Rae, C. 1999. 'Magic and Music - Alejo Carpentier and Maurice Ohana: Cross-Connections in Twentieth Century French Music and the South Americas'. In: Des Amériques: impressions et expressions ed. J.P.Barbiche Barbiche. J-P. ed. (Paris: L'Harmattan) pp. 222-30.
  • Rae, C. 1994. ‘Improvisation dans l’oeuvre de Maurice Ohana’. In: Dambricourt, J-C. ed. Actes du colloque international “Improvisation musicale en question” (Rouen: Presse universitaire de Rouen) pp. 73-85.


At undergraduate level, her teaching has included modules on:

  • French music since Debussy
  • Debussy
  • The Piano Music of Debussy
  • Piano Music and Pianism from Liszt to Ligeti
  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • Tonal and Post-Tonal Analysis
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Advanced Performance Class (masterclasses and seminars for public recitalists)
  • In addition she supervises dissertations on a wide range of topics and some Analysis projects.

Her contribution to the postgraduate taught MA programmes include modules on:

  • 20th-Century French Music with particular reference to Messiaen, Dutilleux and Ohana
  • 20th and 21st-Century Repertory Studies (Compostion)
  • Repertory Studies (Performance)
  • Organology and Technique (piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, French horn, flute)
  • Cultures of Performance and Performance Practice
  • Performance masterclasses.
  • She has supervised dissertations on a wide range of topics and contributed to composition and ethnomusicology as well as to musicology and performance pathways.


In addition to masterclasses for UG and PG performers, she has established links with the European String Teachers' Association to mount dedicated String Days led by distinguished professional players to foster excellence in string playing.

PhD Research

She welcomes research proposals on any topic relating to 20th and/or 21st-century French music, its issues, repertory and influence, and on 20th century piano, pianism and performance practice for both the PhD in Musicology and PhD in Performance.

PhD Topics Supervised and Examined (including PhD in Performance):

  • 20th-century French women composers (supervisor)
  • French performance practices in the piano music of Ravel (supervisor)
  • Maurice Duruflé and the organ (supervisor)
  • The piano music of Maurice Ohana (supervisor)
  • The 20th century harpsichord (co-supervisor)
  • The piano music of John Ireland (supervisor)
  • Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at the piano (examiner)
  • The cello method of André Navarra (examiner)
  • Spanish music and its representation in London, 1878-1930 (examiner)
  • Harmonic resonance in Oliver Messiaen (examiner)
  • 'Dix Regards' [sic] sur Messiaen' (French HDR jury member)
  • Alejo Carpentier and music (examiner)
  • Clara Wieck-Schumann composer-pianist (examiner)
  • The Hungarian violin school (examiner)

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