Brookes academic wins prestigious music award

Monday, 24 November 2008

Dr Alexandra Wilson presented with Lewis Lockwood Award by American Musicological Society

Oxford Brookes Senior Lecturer in Music, Dr Alexandra Wilson, has been awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award by the American Musicological Society for her monograph The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

The award is in recognition of a musicological book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.

It's the first time the prize has been awarded to a scholar from outside North America and Dr Wilson received her award on November 8 2008 at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr Wilson said: "I am delighted that the American Musicological Society has decided to honour my work in this way. It's great to be recognised by the international scholarly community and the award will help raise the profile of my research."

The Puccini Problem is the first detailed investigation of the critical reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's operas, and offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer.