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Dr Daniel March
Senior Lecturer



Daniel March's research focuses upon music of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. His doctoral thesis, entitled Beyond Simplicity: Analytical Strategies for Contemporary Music was completed in 1997: it provides analytical readings of works by Andriessen, Feldman, Ligeti and others, and a framework for the analysis of music which escapes traditional models. Recent research involves an examination of the work-concept in relation to 20th Century 'recompositions'.

As a composer Daniel has written music for a variety of ensembles, including the Javanese Gamelan: his compositions Bronze by Gold, and Pieces of Five and Three, have both been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Other pieces include O Souverain (O Juge) for chamber orchestra, On the Liffey for bodhran and tape, and Together Again and All the King's Horses for piano.

Daniel has also worked as a composer within the field of community and music education, taking part in a number of creative projects and writing music both for and with participants. Large-scale pieces include music for shadow puppet theatre, The Shadow of the Rose, and Noah's Opera, both of which involve extensive electro-acoustic elements.

School Roles

  • Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • Chair of Board of Studies
  • Undergraduate Admissions Team



  • Musical Analysis of 20th Century and Contemporary Music
  • Louis Andriessen, György Ligeti


Selected publications

Conference Papers and Colloquia

  • Re-Arranging the Pieces
    University of York, May 2003
  • Arranging the Pieces: Flexibilities in the conception of the Musical Work
    University of Newcastle, October 1999
  • ‘Keep Analysis Live’, or, The Analyst as Performer
    ‘Analysis and the Performative’, SMA Study Day, University of Southampton, October 1998

Community and Education Work

  • CD Producer: miniature version of The Magic Flute, introductory materials for Opera North Community and Education Dept., May 2003.
  • The Magic Flute, Opera North creative project with special-needs primary / secondary October 2002
  • ON Song, Recording and production of CD of original songs, January-June 2002
  • Beauty and the Beast, Opera North
    Devised music theatre with able-bodied and disabled children in York, Jan 2002; Creative project with special-needs primary / secondary, October 2001
  • CD Producer: miniature version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for a ‘non-opera-going’ audience, February 2001
  • Hansel and Gretel, Opera North. Devised music theatre with able-bodied and disabled children in York, March 2001
  • CD Producer: Hansel and Gretel, Opera North. Songs written with students from four special-needs schools in East Riding, October - December 2000
  • Noah’s Opera, Accessible Arts, York.
    Devised music for performance as part of the York Mystery Plays 2000, March – July 2000


    • The Knockout in the Park and Between Bells (2004)
      Piano Pieces for Beginners, December 2004.
    • The Shadow of the Rose (2002) – Music for shadow puppet theatre For Soprano, Baritone and Tape
      First Performance: Leeds College of Dance, May 2002 Subsequent performances in York, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle
    • Pieces of Five and Three (2001) – for Vibraphone and Gamelan Gadhon
      First Performance: Gamelan Sekar Petak, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham International Music Festival, Broadcast live on Radio 3, 4th July 2001 and Rebroadcast Radio 3, 15th June 2003 Subsequent perf: Gamelan Sekar Petak, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, 7th June 2002
    • Revised version for Gamelan Sekar Tunjung Seta (2003) First Perf: Gamelan Sekar Tunjung Seta, Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, 2nd May 2003
      Subsequent perf:
      Shoreditch Church, London as part of Spitalfields Festival, 24th June 2003
      Broadcast ‘Hear and Now’, Radio 3, 21st September 2003
    • Noah’s Opera (2000) Music for multimedia performance as a part of the York Mystery Plays. Music includes passages for tape, for live instrumentalists and for singers, separately and in combination.

  • Drawn from the Water (2000)
    With Kate Pearson and musicians from Gamelan Sekar Petak Devised music-theatre for Gamelan First performance: Cheltenham International Music Festival, July 2000
    Revised 2001, performed Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, May 2001
  • Together Again (2000) - for Piano
    (Two Pieces for Piano with All the Kings Horses)
    First Perf: Blackheath Recital Rooms, London, 22nd February 2000
    Subsequent Perf: Great Hall, Dartington, June 2000
  • Bronze by Gold (1999) - for Gamelan and Tape
    First performance: Gamelan Sekar Petak, Barbican Hall, York, May 1999
    Subsequent performances:
    Djanogly Concert Hall, University of Nottingham, December 1999
    Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, May 2000
    Cheltenham International Music Festival, July 2000
    City Screen, York - Broadcast live on Radio 3, 26 May 2001
  • After the Film is Over (1998) - for Javanese Gamelan
    Performed Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, May 1998
    Royal College of Music, London, May 1999
  • Two Songs (1998) - for North-Indian Musicians and Chamber Orchestra
    Performed University of Luton Chamber Orchestra, June 2000.
  • On the Liffey (1995) - for Bodhran and Tape
    Performed Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, June 1995
  • O Souverain (O Juge) (1994) - for Chamber Orchestra
    Performed Regent Hall, London - Group 627, August 1994
  • In D (1993) - for Tape
    Performed Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, June 1993
  • All the King’s Horses (1992) - for Piano
    Performed York, Oxford, Cambridge, 1993
    Highbury & Epping Forest, London, May 1998




  • Musical Analysis
  • Contemporary Music in Context
  • Minimalism
  • "With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles": The music of György Ligeti
  • Music, Context and Function

Dr Daniel March

Contact details

Dr Daniel March
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2451