Brian Hulse

Associate Professor (Theory and Composition)

Office: Ewell 261
Phone: (757) 221-1044
Email: [[bchuls]]
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Brian Hulse (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a composer and scholar with a broad range of musical interests. He has composed works for a variety of conventional and unconventional ensembles, from "pseudoragas" to chamber operas, which have been performed across the United States, Europe, and beyond. A CD of Hulse's music appears on the Albany label, with a second CD forthcoming from Centaur Records (in collaboration with Paul Bhasin, conductor and faculty member at William & Mary). Brian has given many workshops, talks, and master classes on composition and directed the composition program at the Soundscape Festival (Maccagno, Italy) for eight years. 

Brian's scholarship in music theory focuses on problems of representation of music, musical time, and musical repetition/difference. He also has given papers and published articles on topics as diverse as minimalism, improvisation, and Qawwali music (Sufi devotional music of south Asia). He is recognized for his work integrating music with the philosophies of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and music theorist Christopher Hasty. His co-edited book Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Theory and Philosophy of Music was published by Ashgate.