Moynihan, Dr Sarah


Sarah Moynihan

Lecturer in Music Theory and Analysis

Undergraduate: BA Music

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Sarah has taught Music Theory & Analysis at several universities and Oxford colleges. She has lectured on Schenkerian analysis and Sonata Theory as well as supervised Analysis Projects at Nottingham University and has taught various seminar groups at Royal Holloway.

Dr Sarah Moynihan is a Lecturer in Music Theory and Analysis at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD on Jean Sibelius’s music at Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by Professor J. P. E. Harper-Scott. She holds a BA Hons in Music from St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and an MA in Composition from University of Bristol (Distinction).

Research Interests:  

Sarah’s research interests include the history of music theory and analysis, nineteenth and early twentieth-century music, and Nordic music.

Her PhD thesis examined analytical approaches to Jean Sibelius’s music – James Hepokoski’s ‘sonata deformations’, in particular – to create a new analytical model that uses Theodor W. Adorno’s material Formenlehre to reform the accepted view of Sibelius as an ‘early modernist’.



Sarah’s prize-winning conference paper, entitled ‘Sibelian Rotational Projection: Erfüllung in Sibelius’s Työkansan Marssi’, will be published in the forthcoming Society for Music Analysis newsletter. She is currently revising her PhD thesis for publication.