Mark Richards, PhD


I have worked as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Florida State University and the University of Lethbridge, and also have training as a composer and pianist. I have taught courses on music theory, film music, and the music of Beethoven. I earned my PhD in music theory at the University of Toronto in 2011 and have many articles on film music and classical music published in a number of academic music journals.

If, for any reason, you would like to contact me, you can email me at the following address: mark [at]

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About — 9 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if I could cite your analysis of Williams’ “Raiders March” in a theory paper I’m writing for my graduate music course? I understand you’re the “Film Score Junkie” here, but I was wondering how you’d like for your name to appear in the bibliography?

    (P.S. Great posts!)

  2. Just wanted to say that I loved reading your ideas about the Bond movie. Notation and note breakdown was fun to follow. John Barry is a master, I still listen to his Bond scores weekly. Hope you can do the same for the David Arnold ones! Thanks again for the insight. Matthew

    • Thanks for the kind words, Matthew. I love Barry’s Bond scores as well and think they deserve even more praise than they already get. I hope to one day get to the non-Barry scores as well. Really it’s just a matter of time. Thanks again!

  3. Professor, a beautiful site and so informative!
    I teach Film As Literature here in California.
    Wishing you continued success in all your endeavors.

    Happy New Years 2016!

    • Thanks, Gerald! Sorry for this late reply. Something’s gone amiss with comment notification and I only found this comment now!

      Best wishes for 2016 as well.

  4. As part of the music studies and composition course I’m doing I need to research and analyse scores of my chosen genre (hero themes) however I can’t seem to find any of the scores I’m looking for (Jerry Goldsmith Supergirl Overture, Captain Amarica: the first avenger; The March, Avengers Theme, Ant-man theme) thanks to your superman analysis I was able to use parts of the superman score to analyse but for greater depth in the project I was hoping to show the change in hero themes overtime and the underlying features that make a hero theme. If you have any of those scores could you share them or point me in the right direction to find them.

  5. Hi Mark.
    Your article on The Last Jedi, as expected, was fantastic. Your analysis approach is very scholarly, yet enjoyable.
    I was wondering if you could make an article concerning Alan Menken’s use of classical forms within his songs.

  6. Hi Mark,

    I’ve really enjoyed your analysis. I’m a fellow film score junkie and write critical reviews and analysis as well ( It’s nice to know that there people talking about film music in a serious manner.

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