Brian C. Thompson
BFA (Concordia), MA (Victoria), MLIS (McGill), PhD (HKU)
Senior Lecturer
Contact Information
Room 209, Hui Yeung Shing Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT
Office: (852) 3943 4220

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Brian Christopher Thompson teaches in the areas of music pedagogy, research methods, and Western music history, including the history of film music and sound recording. He came to CUHK from the Naxos CD company, where he had been engaged in setting up the digital streaming service. He was previously employed at HKU, McGill University, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He as an undergraduate degree in music theory and composition, graduate degrees in historical musicology (MA and Ph.D), and a professional degree in Library and information studies.

He is currently writing a book about the minstrel show performers James Unsworth Jr. and Eugene d’Ameli that will explore the transatlantic culture of the 1860s.


Research interests:
Western music history, film music, music pedagogy

Recent publications

Calixa Lavallée. L’oeuvre pour piano seul/The Complete Works for Solo Piano. Compiler and editor. Vancouver: The Avondale Press, 2016. 144 pp.

Review of Of Chronicles and Kings: National Saints and the Emergence of Nation States in the High Middle Ages, edited by John Bergsagel, Thomas Riis, and David Hiley (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag, 2016). Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol. 16, No. 3 (December 2016): 522-524.

Review of Listening to Stanley Kubrick: The Music in His Films, by Christine Lee Gengaro (Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2013), and We’ll Meet Again: Musical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick by Kate McQuiston (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). Journal of the Society for American Music Vol. 10, No. 1 (February 2016): 85-89.

“Zhao Jiping and the Sound of Resistance in Red Sorghum.” Studia Musicologica Vol. 56, No. 4 (2015): 185-196.

Review of The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy, by Christopher J. Smith (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013). Music in Art Vol. XL, Nos. 1-2 (2015): 329-330.

Anthems and Minstrel Shows: The Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891). Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015. 523 pp.

“Opera Production and Civic Musical Life in 1870s Montreal.” Nineteenth-Century Music Review Vol. 11, No. 2 (December 2014): 219-238.

“Reading Music History.” Journal of Music History Pedagogy Vol. 4, No. 2 (2014): 333-36.

Review of Mapping Canada’s Music: Selected Writings of Helmut Kallmann, edited by John Beckwith and Robin Elliott (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2013) and Centre and Periphery, Roots and Exile: Interpreting the Music of Istvan Anhalt, György Kurtág, and Sándor Veress, edited by Friedemann Sallis, Robin Elliott, and Kenneth Delong (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012). Fontes Artis Musicae Vol. 61, No. 1 (2014): 86-87.

“Theory, Nationalism, and Music.” In Politsci’13: Political Science in the 21st Century: New Opportunities and Impasses / Theorizing and Experiencing Politics. pp. 206-213. Edited by E. Zeynep Güler. Istanbul, Turkey: Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center, 2014.

"Music and the Fight Against Confederation in 1860s Montreal.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol. 13, No. 2 (October 2013) 218-235.

“London, New York and the Politics of Musical Theatre During the US Civil War.” In Londres – New York : échanges, influences et croisements dans les arts et la littérature. pp. 33-51. Eds. Claudine Armand, Pierre Degott, Jean-Philippe Héberlé. Nancy, France: Les Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2012.

“Journeys of an Immigrant Violinist: Jacques Oliveira in Civil War–Era New York and New Orleans.” Journal of the Society for American Music Vol. 6, No. 1 (2012): 51-82.

“Henri Drayton: English Opera and Anglo-American Culture, 1850-1872.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association Vol. 136, No. 2 (2011): 247-303.

Recent conference presentations:

“Black and Green: Ireland, the Irish, and Blackface Minstrelsy.” World Congress of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Limerick, Ireland, 13-19 July 2017.

“1917: ‘The Great War,’ Nationhood, and Music in Canada.” Panel: War and Its Effects, 43rd Annual Conference of the Society for American Music, Montreal, Quebec, 22-26 March 2017.

“Tone and Place in the Film Scores of Rachel Portman.” 20th Congress of the International Musicological Society, Tokyo, Japan, 19-22 March 2017.

“Hearing the Worlds of Jane Austen.” Romantic Legacies: The 13th Annual Wenshan International Conference, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 18-19 November 2016.

“William Notman and the (Post)-Colonial Soirée.” 15th Conference of the Association RIdIM, Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 7-9 September 2016.
MUSC3213 History of Western Music: Special Topic I
MUSC3502 Vocal/ Instrumental Pedagogy
MUSC3832 Romanticism in Music
MUSC4243 Research Methods in Music
MUSC4513/ 4523 Senior Pedagogy Project I/ II
UGED2133 Music in Film

MUSC6000 Research Methods and Bibliography

MUSC5104 Music in Film (MA)