Professor Jan Smaczny
Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music
Tel: +44 28 9097 5201
Office: Music Building
Address: School of Creative Arts, Music Building, Queen's University Belfast,
Head of School (1997-2005); recruitment; director of research in musicology and composition (2007, semester 1), BMus degree convenor (2009/10, Semester 2).
Harmonic techniques; keyboard continuo; French baroque music; nineteenth-century music; American popular song.
Achievements and Distinctions
Jan Smaczny was educated at Oxford University and the Charles University in Prague. He came to Queen's from Birmingham University, where he was senior lecturer, in 1996 to take up the post of Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music. From 1997 to 2005 he was head of the School of Music.
His teaching embraces the history of romantic and twentieth-century music, American popular song, the French Baroque and continuo techniques. Other interests include contemporary music, the English virginalists and many aspects of performance.
Much of his research is founded on the Czech repertoire in particular opera and the life and music of Dvorak and Martinu. His publications include monographs on the Prague Provisional Theatre and Dvorak's B minor cello concerto, and recently studies of Mozart and Prague, Mozart and the twentieth century, Goethe and the Czechs, Czech grand opera, and nationalism and the string quartet. In 2006 he was elected president of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (re-elected 2009 for a second term); he is a committee member of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) representing Northern Ireland and a strategic advisor for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); in 2011 he was elected a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Assocation (RMA).
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):
elected to peer review college (2004-); appointed to postgraduate grants panel, performing arts (2006-9); appointed strategic advisor (2010-).
National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE):
elected to national committee (2004-8); co-opted as representative for Northern Ireland (2012-).
Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI):
founding member of original steering committee (2002); council member (2003-); elected president of SMI (2006-2009); re-elected president for a second term (2009-2012).
Royal Musical Association (RMA):
elected Vice-President of the RMA (2011-14).
Czech music, in particular opera and the life and work of Dvorák and Martinu; music in nineteenth-century Ireland; Mozart and Prague; Mozart and the twentieth century; Bach reception in Prague in the nineteenth century.
Areas of supervision include the above and the life and work of Richard Strauss; music broadcasting and classical music provision in Northern Ireland; Baroque opera; Baroque continuo practice; nineteenth-century composers and early musics; French romantic opera.
Bach’s B Minor Mass (edited volume, CUP, 2013).
Wagner and Dvorák (edited volume, Ashgate Press, 2013).
Antonín Dvorák, Cello Concerto in B minor [facsimile edition] (Editio Bärenreiter, 2011).
‘Dvorák, his Librettists, and the Working Libretto for Armida’, Music & Letters, 91/4, November 2010.
Other Selected Publications
Current Ph.D students (Jan Smaczny as first supervisor)
Ciaran Kennedy: Orchestral and operatic provision in Northern Ireland 1945-1985.
Michael Lee: Operatic transformations of Armida.