Joseph Mason

Joseph Mason

Stipendiary Lecturer in Music
MA (Oxon), MMus (Lond) DPhil (Oxon)

Joseph Mason completed his BA in Music at Lincoln College, where he was also Organ Scholar, and latterly Chapel Precentor. He gained the MMus in Musicology at King’s College London, and has recently submitted his doctoral thesis in Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Elizabeth Eva Leach. Joseph is the Administrator for the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society.


Joseph teaches music history topics before 1750 and music historiography for the undergraduate Prelims and FHS courses. He also teaches first-year analysis, issues, techniques and keyboard skills.


Joseph’s research centres on the repertory of the trouvères, poet-composers whose songs were performed and copied in the courts and cities of northern France in the thirteenth century. His doctoral work examines the jeu-parti, a genre of debate song, and argues that the jeu-parti could function as musical violence. He has further research interests in medieval manuscripts, the analysis of medieval music, and music and violence.

Selected publications

Joseph W. Mason, 'Debatable Chivalry: A jeu-parti by the Duke of Brittany and its Context', Medium Aevum (forthcoming 2018).

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