Joshua's academic work currently stems from his studies at King's College, Cambridge, where he is an academic scholar, though he hopes to continue his academic work in further study. Whilst at King's, he has been awarded various prizes, including a Jasper Ridley and Bertram Faulkner Prize for his academic work. He has also been awarded a research grant by King's to investigate the statistical validity of certain music-theoretic ideas, under the supervision of Mark Gotham. 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 Viennese Trichord in the Music of Anton Webern - presentation given at the SMI/ICTM-IE Conference, January 2021.