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Dr Shay Loya taught at the University of Durham before joining City University London in September 2012. He received his BA (2000) and MA (2001) from Tel Aviv University and his PhD (2006) from King's College London where he completed a thesis entitled 'The Verbunkos Idiom in Liszt's Music of the Future'. The PhD thesis was about the modernist and crossover aspects of Liszt's Hungarian-Gypsy musical style (verbunkos idiom), as well as its problematic reception history. Several articles and reviews followed, culminating in the monograph Liszt's Transcultural Modernism and the Hungarian-Gypsy Tradition (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011), which won the Alan Walker Prize (2014).

Apart from Liszt, Dr Loya is more generally interested in Hungarian music, exoticism, nationalism, modernism, transculturation and its application to music analysis, and bridging the knowledge gaps between the musicological disciplines.


Information about conference papers will be submitted in due course. In the meantime, see list below:

‘Neither Major nor Minor: Liszt, Bartók, and the Affective Transdanubian Third’. Forthcoming in ‘Dur vs. Moll: The history of the semantic potential of an elementary musical contrast’, 19-21 November, 2015 at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Leipzig University. [Invited speaker]

‘Auto-exoticism? The case of Mosonyi’s “Hungarian Children’s World” and Studies’, Forthcoming in KeeleMAC, Keele University, 8–10 July 2015.

‘Schenkerian analysis and the transcultural harmony of Hungarian verbunkos’, Joint Meeting of the AAWM 2014 and BFE 2014, SOAS, London (1–4 July, 2014); part of a Society for Music Analysis panel entitled ‘Traversing Disciplinary and Geographic Continuums’ (chair: Shay Loya).

‘1838: Liszt’s Schubert and the Arrival of the Heroic Hungarian Masterwork’, The 18th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Toronto, Canada (18–21 June, 2014). [Travel Grant from City University London awarded 27/02/2014]

‘Liszt’s Transcultural Composition in the Year of the Franco-Prussian War’, Third Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History (Confronting the National in the Musical Past), Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland (May 21–23, 2014).

‘Liszt’s Verbunkos Legacy and the Paradoxes of Progressive Hungarian Music’, Liszt’s Legacies Symposium in Ottawa (28–31 July, 2011). [Invited speaker]

‘Auto-exoticism? The Hungarian Response to Viennese Style Hongrois’, AMS/SMT Conference in Indianapolis (4–7 November, 2010); Research Seminar Series at the Centre for Music Studies, City University London (expanded version, 15 May, 2013)

‘A Hungarian Sonata? Liszt’s Csárdás macabre’, SMA ‘Formenlehere’ Symposium, Durham (24 September, 2010).

‘Nineteenth-Century Folklorism and Lajtha’s Radical Verbunkos Transcriptions’, 16th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Southampton University (8–11 July 2010); and RMA Annual Conference [‘Boundaries’] in the IMR London (15–17 July, 2010).

‘Listening to Transcultural Tonality’, Tonality in Perspective, King’s College London (27–29 March, 2008) and Colloquium at the University of Durham (18th November, 2008).

‘Paradoxes of Liszt’s Verbunkos Idiom’, 18th International Congress of the IMS, University of Zurich (10–15 July 2007).

‘The Impact of the Verbunkos Idiom on Liszt’s Tonal Practices’, 14th International Conference on 19th-Century Music, University of Manchester (July 2006).

‘Liszt’s style hongrois between politics and analysis: Issues of transcultural music and postcolonial critique’, 13th International Conference on 19th-Century Music, University of Durham (6–10 July 2004).


  1. PhD, King's College London, United Kingdom, 2006
  2. MA, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2001
  3. BA, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2000


Research interests

- Liszt
- Verbunkos
- Transcription as cultural practice
- Transculturation
- Exoticism and nationalism
- Modernism in the nineteenth century
- Music analysis and theory
- Bridging subdisciplinary knowledge gaps within musicology

Dr Loya is the author of Liszt's Transcultural Music and the Hungarian-Gypsy Tradition (University of Rochester Press, 2011). He has presented papers in numerous international conferences, most recently two papers this year (2015) in KeeleMAC (Keele University) and the Institut für Musikwissenschaft in the University of Leipzig. He co-organised the international conference 'Tonality in Perspective' (King's College London, 27-29 March 2008) and several student conferences and events as a committee member of the Society for Music Analysis. He is a board member of the journal Music Analysis.

He has received numerous awards for his studies and research, including KCL's School of Humanities Award and ORS scheme (which funded his PhD in 2001-4), a Wingate Foundation Scholarship for independent postdoctoral study (2006), as well as the AMS 75 PAYS Subvention and the Alan Walker Prize for his recent book.



  1. Loya, S. (2011). Liszt's Transcultural Modernism and the Hungarian-gypsy Tradition. University Rochester Press. ISBN 978-1-58046-323-2.

Chapters (3)

  1. Loya, S. (2018). Liszt’s National Compositions in the Year of the Franco-Prussian War. In Kelly, E., Mantere, M. and Scott, D. (Eds.), Confronting the National in the Musical Past (pp. 31–48). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-28742-6.
  2. Loya, S. (2014). Liszt’s Legacy and the Paradoxes of Hungarian Musical Modernism. In Deaville, J. and Saffle, M. (Eds.), Liszt's Legacies A Collection of Essays (pp. 17–42). Pendragon. ISBN 978-1-57647-169-2.
  3. Loya, S. (2011). Liszt the Transcultural Modernist. In Deaville, J. and Saffle, M. (Eds.), Liszt: A Chorus of Voices (pp. 220–230). Hillside, NY: Pendragon.

Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Loya, S. (2015). Neither major, nor minor: The Affective Fluctuating Third in Central-European Art Music ca. 1840–1940. Dur vs. Moll: Zum semantischen Potenzial eines musikalischen Elementarkontrasts. Kontinuitäten und Brüche in der neuzeitlichen Musik und Musiktheorie 19-22 November, Institut für Musik wissenschaft Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Journal articles (10)

  1. Loya, S. (2016). Dolores Pesce, Liszt’s Final Decade (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2014). xiv + 369 pp. £55.00. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 13(02), pp. 320–323. doi:10.1017/S147940981600015X.
  2. Loya, S. (2016). Recomposing National Identity: Four Transcultural Readings of Liszt’s Marche hongroise d’après Schubert. Journal of the American Musicological Society, 69(2), pp. 409–467.
  3. Loya, S. (2016). Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart by Ralph P. Locke. Notes, 73(2), pp. 289–292. doi:10.1353/not.2016.0128.
  4. Loya, S. (2015). The Mystery of the Seventeenth Hungarian Rhapsody. Quaderni dell’Instituto Liszt, 15, pp. 107–146.
  5. Loya, S. (2011). Liszt as Transcriber. Notes, 68(2), pp. 357–359. doi:10.1353/not.2011.0164.
  6. Loya, S. (2010). Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. By Bennett Zon. Music and Letters, 91(1), pp. 115–118. doi:10.1093/ml/gcp024.
  7. Loya, S. (2010). Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections. Notes, 66(4), pp. 774–776. doi:10.1353/not.0.0348.
  8. Loya, S. (2008). Beyond “Gypsy” Stereotypes: Harmony and Structure in theVerbunkosIdiom. Journal of Musicological Research, 27(3), pp. 254–280. doi:10.1080/01411890802212568.
  9. Loya, S. (2008). Liszt. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 5(01), pp. 142–146. doi:10.1017/s1479409800002706.
  10. Loya, S. (2008). Franz Liszt and his World. Ed. by Christopher H. Gibbs and Dana Gooley. Music and Letters, 89(2), pp. 256–260. doi:10.1093/ml/gcm097.


Dr Loya's current undergraduate module at city is 'Materials of Music'. He is designing a new music analysis module for 2016-17, and has contributed in Term 1 individual lectures to 'Investigating Western Music', 'The Classical Style' and 'Researching Music in Contemporary Culture'.

Past modules (2012-2014)

(1) Investigating Western Music;
(2) The Classical Style: Music, Aesthetics, Society;
(3) Coordinator and Supervisor of Major Projects (3rd-year Dissertations)

From September 2013:
(4) Materials of Tonal Music;
(5) Communicating Musical Interpretation from Classical to Pop

(6) MA Critical Reading (coordinator and contributor);
(7) Performance as Research (contributor)