Lloyd Ashley Whitesell

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Music History/Musicology

Department: 
Music Research
Area(s): 
Music History/Musicology
Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-4535 #00290
Email address: 
lloyd [dot] whitesell [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Group: 
Faculty
Office: 
A633
Degree(s): 

B.A. in Music and German Literature, University of Minnesota (1982) M.A. (1987) Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook Ph.D. (1993) in Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Area of expertise: 

Professor Whitesell is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell (Oxford, 2008). He has published articles on Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, minimalism, modern tonalities, and the anxiety of influence. An essay collection he coedited, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (Illinois, 2002), won the 2002 Philip Brett Award for excellence in gay and lesbian musicology. His current research project theorizes glamour in the Hollywood musical.

Biography: 

Lloyd Whitesell received his B.A. in Music and German Literature from the University of Minnesota (1982), and his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation used literary theories to explore images of identity in the dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten. His musical training also included studies in piano and vocal accompaniment at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mozarteum Akademie, and the Minnesota Opera.

Professor Whitesell is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell (Oxford, 2008). He has published articles on Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, minimalism, modern tonalities, and the anxiety of influence. An essay collection he coedited, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (Illinois, 2002), won the 2002 Philip Brett Award for excellence in gay and lesbian musicology. His current research project theorizes glamour in the Hollywood musical. Other areas of interest include neo-Romanticism and modernist culture. Undergraduate courses include film music, modern piano literature, and 20th-century opera; graduate seminar topics have included queer musicology, theories of the audience, Bernard Herrmann, Joni Mitchell, and challenges to the concert format in recent performance.

Selected publications: 

Articles in refereed journals
“Concerto Macabre,” Musical Quarterly 88 (2005): 167-203.
 
“Britten’s Dubious Trysts,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 56 (Fall 2003): 637-94.
 
“White Noise: Race and Erasure in the Cultural Avant-Garde,” American Music 19 (Summer 2001): 168-89.
 
Books and monographs
The Music of Joni Mitchell (Oxford, 2008).
 
Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity, co-edited with Sophie Fuller (Illinois, 2002).
 
Articles/chapters in books and monographs

“Erotic Ambiguity in Ravel’s Music,” in Ravel Studies, ed. Deborah Mawer (Cambridge, 2010), 74-91.

 “Quieting the Ghosts in The Sixth Sense and The Others,” in Music in the Horror Film: Listening to Fear, ed. Neil Lerner (Routledge, 2010), 206-23.

“Trans Glam: Gender Magic in the Film Musical,” in Queering the Popular Pitch, ed. Sheila Whiteley and Jennifer Rycenga (Routledge, 2006), 263-77.
 
“Twentieth-Century Tonality, or, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” in The Pleasure of Modernist Music, ed. Arved Ashby (Rochester, 2004), 103-20.