Bob Gilmore

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Bob Gilmore (born June 6, 1961) is a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, England, Queen's University, Belfast (PhD. 1992), and, on a Fulbright Scholarship, at the University of California, San Diego. He is best known for his books on American music - Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He has also written extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. He has written on the work of younger Irish composers including Deirdre Gribbin, Donnacha Dennehy and Jennifer Walshe in the Journal of Music in Ireland. He has taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and currently is a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He is the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and beginning in January 2014 is the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014.



  • Gilmore, Bob. 1995. “Changing the metaphor: Ratio models of musical pitch in the work of Harry Partch, Ben Johnston, and James Tenney,” Perspectives of New Music 33, nos. 1 & 2 (Winter–Summer 1995): 458–503.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 1998. Harry Partch: A Biography. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-3000652-13.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2003. "'Wild Ocean': An Interview with Horatiu Radulescu". Contemporary Music Review 22, nos. 1-2 (March–June): 105–22.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2003. "The climate since Harry Partch", Contemporary Music Review 22 (1 and 2): 15-33.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2005. "Composition as vandalism: The music of Donnacha Dennehy", The Journal of Music in Ireland 5(6): 29-33.
  • Johnston, Ben. 2006. 'Maximum Clarity' and other writings on music (edited with an Introduction by Bob Gilmore). Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-2520309-82.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2006. "Minimalism Schminimalism", The Journal of Music in Ireland 6(1): 6-9.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2006. "Wild Air: The Music of Kevin Volans". The Journal of Music in Ireland 6(6), 22-29.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2007. "On Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child". Tempo, new series 61, no. 239: 2–17.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2007. "An interview with Phill Niblock", Paris Transatlantic Magazine.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2007. "don’t do PERMISSION ISN’T: the music of Jennifer Walshe", The Journal of Music in Ireland 7 (4): 20-24.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2008. "James Tenney and the poetics of homage", Contemporary Music Review 27 (1): 7-21.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2008. "Resonant Air: the music of Michael Alcorn", The Journal of Music in Ireland 8 (1): 28-32.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2008. "All Collisions End in Static: the music of Linda Buckley", The Journal of Music in Ireland 8 (5): 28-32.
  • Gilmore, Bob and Rozalie, H. 2009. Contemporary Compositional Techniques And Openmusic Editions Delatour France/Ircam-Centre Pompidou.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2009. "Music by Committee", The Journal of Music 1 (1):20.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2009. "Remembering Horatiu", The Journal of Music 1 (2): 20-21.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2009. "He’s just not that into you", The Journal of Music 1 (2): 20-21.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2007. "Interview with Clarence Barlow". Paris Transatlantic Magazine.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2009. "Claude Vivier and Karlheinz Stockhausen: Moments from a Double Portrait". Circuit: musiques contemporaines 19, no. 2:35–49. (Subscription access)
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2009. "James Tenney: Spectrum Pieces". Liner notes. New World Records.
  • Gilmore, Bob, 2010. "Spectral techniques in Horatiu Radulescu’s Second Piano Sonata 'being and non-being create each other' op.82", TEMPO 252 66-78.
  • Gilmore, Bob, 2011. The ear of the voice of the eye: Yannis Kyriakides, composer. (Tilburg: teleXpress)
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2011. “An interview with Frederic Rzewski”. Paris Transatlantic Magazine.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2012. "Difficult Listening Hour”, in The Journal of Music.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2012. “Phill Niblock: The Orchestra Pieces”. Tempo vol.66 no.244, 2-11.
  • Gilmore, Bob. 2014. Claude Vivier: a Composer's Life. University of Rochester Press. ISBN 978-1-58046-485-7.

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