Dr Simon Desbruslais

Dr Simon Desbruslais

Lecturer in Music

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Qualifications

  • BA (King's College London)
  • PGDip
  • MA
  • PhD (University of Oxford)

Summary

Dr Desbruslais is a trumpet soloist and musicologist, with active research interests in music theory, analysis, and performance studies.

He is author of The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith (Boydell & Brewer), and was the first British scholar to publish in the Russian Journal of Music Theory.

In performance, Dr Desbruslais has an international profile which includes critically-acclaimed recordings.

In particular, he works with composers to commission new works, epitomised by his albums for Signum Classics, Psalm: Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos and The Art of Dancing. He also performs with many leading baroque ensembles using the natural trumpet.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate:

Music in Practice 1 & 2

Advanced Performance 1 & 2

Handel's Dramatic Works

Postgraduate:

Research Methods

Music Studies 1 & 2

Technical Skills 1 & 2

Recent outputs

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Book

The music and music theory of Paul Hindemith

Desbruslais, S. (2018). The music and music theory of Paul Hindemith. Boydell Press

Book Chapter

Reflection: Expressive freedoms in trumpet performance

Desbruslais, S. (2018). Reflection: Expressive freedoms in trumpet performance. In D. Leech-Wilkinson, & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and shape, 242-247. Oxford University Press (OUP)

Digital Artefact

Psalm: Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos

Desbruslais, S., & Orchestra of the Swan, . (2014). Psalm: Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos

The art of dancing: 21st-century concertos for trumpet, piano and strings

Desbruslais, S. (2017). The art of dancing: 21st-century concertos for trumpet, piano and strings

Journal Article

The Western reception of Sergei Taneyev

Desbruslais, S. (2015). The Western reception of Sergei Taneyev. Zhurnal Obshchestva teorii muzyki, 9(1), 7-18

Research interests

Performance studies

Music theory and analysis

Performance practice

Choral music

Postgraduate supervision

I can supervise on the following broad areas:

1. Performance studies

2. Music theory and analysis

3. Performance practice

4. Choral music

I am also involved in the Chinese Whispers project.

External examiner role

External Examiner for the Royal College of Music BMus Programme

2018 - 2021