Mitchell Glover

PhD Candidate
Office: TC 329

Mitchell Glover is a PhD candidate in musicology whose research focuses on the orchestral transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition. Composed in the 1874, Pictures at an Exhibition is now the most orchestrated work in the Western canon, and listeners encounter and know it primarily through the orchestrations created and/or commissioned by conductors in the twentieth century. Drawing on research from translation studies, the cultural theory of cover songs, and music ontology, he shows why orchestral transcriptions of Mussorgsky’s work proliferated in the twentieth century and how the various orchestrators of the work approached their task. Mitch holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Western (2017) and a Bachelor of Music (hon.) with a minor in German-language studies from the University of Windsor (2015).

During his master’s degree, Mitch pursued his interests in twentieth-century American music and eighteenth-century music editing. He presented a paper on the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s first American tour at the annual Western University Graduate Students in Music conference in 2016 and subsequently presented a research poster on the paper at the annual Society for American Music conference in Montreal, Quebec in 2017. In 2016, Mitch also began working as a music editor on a project in collaboration with Dr. Robert Toft to create a performance edition of Thomas Arne’s 1762 opera Artaxerxes. The prospective edition will present a version of the opera, as it would have appeared in London, England in the 1820s under the direction of the conductor George Smart.