Prof. Philip Ciantar

Prof. Philip Ciantar

Prof. Philip Ciantar


Associate Professor

Room 125
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2987
Philip Ciantar is an academic member of staff at the Department of Music Studies within the School of Performing Arts. His area of teaching is ethnomusicology and related subjects. After earning his first degree from the University of Malta, he pursued an MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Durham (UK) and later completed his PhD in the same field at the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in the areas of Mediterranean music studies; Andalusian music; Maltese popular music; music and colonialism; the transmission of musical knowledge; and musical analysis in world music. His publications include articles in a variety of journals and edited volumes, as well as entries in leading music encyclopedias. Among his publications are two monographs: The Ma’lūf in Contemporary Libya: An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition (Ashgate 2012; Routledge 2016) and Studies in Maltese Popular Music (Routledge 2021).

Beyond his academic pursuit, Philip is also active in musical composition and produced a number of works for voice, symphonic orchestras, brass ensembles, concert bands, and string orchestras. Some of these compositions are published by Universal Edition (Vienna). He is a member of the scholarly editorial board of the online encyclopedia 'Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart' (MGG) ['Music in the Past and Present'], Chairperson of the RILM ['Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale'] Malta National Committee, and Liaison Officer for Malta at the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD).
  • Traditions of Music in the Mediterranean
  • Andalusian Music
  • Maltese Popular Music
  • The Transmission of Musical Knowledge
  • Music and Colonialism
  • World Music Analysis
  • MSP1263 - World Music
  • MSP1389 - Theoretical and Practical Issues in Wind Band Playing and Conducting
  • MSP2132 - Oral Music Traditions of the Mediterranean
  • MSP2155 - Areas of Research in Music Studies
  • MSP3040 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Music Studies Honours
  • MSP3041 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Music Studies Honours
  • MSP3043 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Music Studies Ordinary
  • MSP3044 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Music Studies Ordinary
  • MSP3116 - Music and Meaning
  • MSP3121 - Maltese Popular Music
  • MSP5800 - Music Research Methods
  • PFA1006 - Performance Training
  • PFA2006 - Musical Theatre: Histories and Training
  • PFA2007 - Musical Theatre: Performance
Selected Performed Compositions

2019. 'Ja Baħar' ('O Sea'). An aleatory for solo clarinet. First Performance by Luca Cipriano
at the Universita' degli Studi di Roma, Tor Vergata (May 2019). Duration: 5 minutes.
[Published by Universal Edition]

2017. 'Deformation'. A composition for concert band. First Performance by the University of
Malta Wind Ensemble at the University of Malta (October 2017). Duration: 3 minutes.

2014. 'Doqquli n-Noti Tqal'. A triptych for baritone voice and clarinet (with optional
percussion) on words by Oliver Friggieri. First Performance by Noel Camilleri (clarinet),
Miguel Rosales (baritone), and Luke Baldacchino (percussion) at the University of Malta (June
2014). Duration: 10 minutes.

2009. 'Fil-Bar tal-Kantuniera'. A classical song for soprano and piano on words by Oliver
Friggieri. First performance by Rosabelle Bianchi (soprano) and Alexei Galea Cavallazzi
(piano) at Sala Isouard, Valletta (December 2009). Recorded on CD 'Riflessi–Art Songs from
Malta'(2015)(Miriam Cauchi, Soprano; Maria Frendo, Piano). Duration: 6 minutes. [Published by
Universal Edition]

2008. 'Fanfare for Orchestra'. A free-standing composition for orchestra. First performance
by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Laus at The Palace, Valletta
(January 2009). Duration: 4 minutes [Published by Universal Edition]

2006. 'Istiftāh' ('Opening'). An aleatory for solo alto saxophone.
First performance by Joseph Vella at the University of Malta (July 2006). Duration: 3

1997. 'A Song for Sunset'. A free-standing composition for string orchestra. First
performance by the Malta Johann Strauss School of Music Orchestra conducted by Mario
Bisazza at St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral, Valletta (May 1998). Duration: 4 minutes. [Published by
Universal Edition]

1996. 'Għar Dalam'. A suite in three movements for concert band. First performance by the La
Valette Band conducted by Joseph Sammut at the Catholic Institute, Floriana (November 1997).
Recorded on CD by The University of Sheffield Wind Orchestra conducted by Anthony Houghton
(2009). Duration: 8 minutes [Published by Universal Edition]