Joshua is currently studying for a DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford. He is generously supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and is supervised by Professor Jonathan Cross. His research applies a computational approach to harmony in the music of Anton Webern. He previously studied at King's College, Cambridge, where he was awarded an academic scholarship and various other prizes, including the Jasper Ridley Prize and the Bertram Faulkner Prize, as well as multiple grants to support his academic work.

All work below is © Joshua Ballance.

A Digital Approach to Proportions: analysing Common Practice Period forms with music21 - dissertation writing under the supervision of Dr Mark Gotham. (2018)


Britten's War Requiem in the Cold War - essay assessing the political context of this work. (2019)

Eine Alpensinfonie: A Symphony At All? - essay dealing with the symphonic characteristics of Strauss's Alpensinfonie. (2017)

De profundis - article adapted from a talk given at the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop about Joshua's composition of the same title. (2017)

Harmonic Syntax in Webern's Opp. 9, 10, and 11: A Digital Approach - dissertation written under the supervision of Prof. John Rink. The accompanying data (Appendix 2) can be found here. (2019) 

Innovation in Sibelius's Sixth Symphony - dissertation written under the supervision of John Hopkins. (2017)

Pitch-Class Distributions in the Music of Anton Webern - Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Humanities Research, November 2020, pp. 214—224.

"Predominantly of a cheerful character"? Irony in the Final Movement of Mahler's Seventh Symphony - analytical essay positing an ironical interpretation of this movement. (2018)

Schoenberg: Farben - analysis of the pitch content and its structural ramifications, supervised by Prof. Julian Anderson. (2017)

Steve Reich's Tehillim: Jewishness and Identity - essay considering the implications of this work in the context of Reich's identity. (2019)

The Path to the New Note: Interval Distributions in the Music of Anton Webern - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM2021), July 28–30, 2021, Virtual Conference, GA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA. 3469021. (2021)

The Viennese Trichord in the Music of Anton Webern - presentation given at the SMI/ICTM-IE Conference, January 2021.