Reception history of twentieth-century Australian, British and American music
The life and music of Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Suzanne Robinson is an historical musicologist specialising in Australian music history, with particular interests in cultural history and sexual politics. As a prominent Grainger scholar she is co-editor of Grainger the Modernist
(Ashgate, 2015) and author of articles published in Musical Quarterly
and Musicology Australia
Robinson holds a B.Mus. honours degree and PhD from the University of melbourne, where she was recipient of awards including the Felix Meyer Scholarship from the faculty of Arts. her doctoral research focused on the influence of T.S. Eliot on the British composer Michael Tippett; publications on Tippett include the edited collection Michael Tippett: Music and Literature
(Ashgate, 2002), a chapter in John Cooper Xiro's T.S. Eliot's Orchestra
(Garland, 2000), a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett
(CUP, 2013) and several journal articles.
In 1992 Robinson completed, as part of a Faculty of Music research project, editions of the full score and vocal score of G.W.L. Marchall-Hall's opera Stella
(1910); subsequent publications on Marshall-Hall include the collection of essays edited with Thérèse Radic titled Marshall-Hall's Melbourne
(ASP, 2012) and an edited and annotated collection of Marshall-Hall's letters (Lyrebird, 2015).
Robinson's interest in women's history, sexual politics, queer studies and auto/biography studies has resulted in journal articles on issues of sexual politics in the music and reception of Benjamin Britten, John Cage, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, G.W.L. Marshall-Hall and Ethel Smyth in journals including American Music
, Cambridge Opera Journal
and the Journal of the Society for American Music
. She is currently completing a biography of Glanville-Hicks with funding from the State Library of NSW, the Australia Council and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.