Dr David Huckvale

Writer, Broadcaster, Lecturer

Dr David Huckvale is an author and broadcaster. A contributor, critic and presenter for BBC radio for over twenty years, he has also worked for the Open University, Birmingham University and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Courses Taught

Past Courses

Publications

Book

  • David is currently working on a study of the novels of Edward Bulwer Lytton.
  • The Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Occult Arts of Music
  • Ancient Egypt in the Popular Imagination
  • Visconti and the German Dream
  • Touchstones of Gothic Horror - A Film Genealogy of Eleven Motifs and Images (McFarland, 2010)
  • Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant Garde (McFarland, 2008)
  • James Bernard – Composer to Count Dracula (McFarland, 2006)

Book section

  • Entries for The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia
  • 'Composing for Films', unit chapter in AA302 From Composition to Performance: Musicians at Work (The Open University, 1997).
  • 'The Composing Machine', in A Night in at the Opera, ed. Jeremy Tambling (Arts Council/John Libbey, 1994).
  • 'Music and the Man: Bernard Shaw and the Music Collection at Shaw’s Corner', in The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, vol. 10, ed. Stanley Weintraub & Fred D. Crawford (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990).
  • 'Twins of Evil: an investigation into the aesthetics of film music', in Popular Music vo. 9, no. 1, ed. David Horn & Dave Laing (Cambridge University Press, January 1990).

Journal article

  • 'Music for the Superman' in Wagner, vol. 20, no. 2, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, May 1999).
  • 'Hammerscore', in Journal of Popular British Cinema, no. 1, ed. Alan Burton and Julian Petley (Flicks Books, 1998).
  • 'Rienzi’s Reich', in Wagner, vol. 19, no. 3, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, September 1998).
  • 'Wagner and Vampires', in Wagner, vol. 18, no. 3, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, September 1997)
  • 'Mythic Affinities', in Wagner, vol. 16. No. 3, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, September 1995).
  • 'The Holy Grail: Avalon', in Wagner, vol. 15, no. 3, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, September 1994).
  • 'Kitsch and Curiosities', in Wagner, vol. 13, no. 1, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, January 1993).
  • 'Wagnerian Visual Imagery from France and Germany (1860-1940)', in Newsletter of Research Center for Music Iconography of the City University of New York, vol. 18, no. 1, ed. Zdravko Blazekovic (Research Center for Music Iconography of the City University of New York, Spring 1993)
  • 'Massive Reductions' in Wagner, vol. 13, no. 2, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, May 1992
  • 'Twins of Evil: an investigation into the aesthetics of film music', in Popular Music vol. 9, no. 1, ed. David Horn & Dave Laing
  • 'Wagner and the mythology of film music', in Wagner, vol. 9, no. 2, ed. Stewart Spencer (Journal of the Wagner Society, April 1988).

Magazine article

  • “Music to Watch Gills By’, BBC Music Magazine (BBC Worldwide, October 2001).
  • BBC Music Magazine CD Guide ‘Fauré and Franck chamber works’ (BBC Worldwide, June 1999).
  • CD Guide for Fauré’s Requiem/Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, in BBC Music Magazine (BBC Worldwide, January 1999).
  • 'In the Worst Possible Taste – Musical Kitsch', in BBC Music Magazine (BBC Worldwide, August 1997).
  • 'Vampires, Villains & Virtuosi', in BBC Music Magazine, (BBC Worldwide, December 1996).

Research Topics

Film music, Wagner, Gothic Fantasy, Ancient Egypt in the popular imagination

German Romanticism and the Third Reich