Dr Richard Gillies

  • Lecturer in Music (LTS) (Music)

Research interests

Primary Interests

  • Russian and East European Music & Culture
  • Music, Politics, & Society in the Soviet Era (particularly 1953-1991)
  • European Music & Culture of the fin de siècle 
  • Music & National Identity
  • Musical-literary genres (vocal cycles, song, opera)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches (music, literature, art history)


Recent Research

I am currently working on an article that draws on published interviews and personal correspondence with the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) to situate the development of his musical aesthetics and international reputation within the context of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine launched in February 2022.

My first book, Singing Soviet Stagnation: Vocal Cycles from the USSR, 1964–1985, explores the intersection between identity, culture, society, and politics during the post-Stalinist period through hermeneutical and structural analyses of vocal cycles by Dmitri Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov, and Valentin Silvestrov, and was recently published as part of Routledge’s Russian and East European Music and Culture series.


Academic Year 2022/23

  • Listening in Culture
  • Historiography & Criticism
  • Introduction to Musicology

Additional information

I am currently the convenor of the MA and MMus for the 2022/23 academic year