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Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter

Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Music

Director of Music, Homerton College

Director of Studies, Homerton College

Director of Studies, Magdalene College

Co-ordinator, Intercollegiate Choral Awards Scheme

Homerton College
Cambridge CB2 8PH
Office Phone: 01223 747171

Biography:

Daniel is Director of Music, Director of Studies in Music, and a Fellow at Homerton College, as well as Director of Studies in Music at Magdalene College. He was an undergraduate at Selwyn College before completing his Master’s at the University of Southampton and returning to Cambridge to study for his PhD at Magdalene College. His research interests include the role of music in liturgy and ceremony, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His doctoral thesis (and subsequent monograph, published as part of the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History series) investigated the attitudes and approaches to music of the Protestant reformers in sixteenth-century Strasbourg. This involved scrutinising treatises, hymnbook prefaces, and unpublished archival material in order to improve our understanding of why music was deemed crucial by the first Protestant reformers. Daniel has also undertaken research on the Genevan and Scottish Psalters of the Reformation. Ongoing research interests include the influence of late fifteenth-century English preachers on the German Reformation’s stance towards music, and producing a critical edition of a set of Latin motets from 1539 Strasbourg. He is also a regular reviewer of books and recordings in the Oxford journal Early Music.

Daniel also supervises and teaches a variety of undergraduate modules at Cambridge including practical musicianship (aural and keyboard skills), analysis, tonal composition, and music history courses. 

He enjoys travelling, and is an organist and conductor. His role as Director of Music at Homerton involves overseeing extra-curricular musical activity in the College, including directing the Charter Choir. His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Classic FM, and Radio Television Hong Kong.

Departments and Institutes

Homerton College:
Director of Music

Key Publications

  • The Singing of the Strasbourg Protestants, 1523-1541 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015). This book explores the part played by music in the unfolding of the Protestant reforms in Strasbourg. It considers both ecclesiastical and ‘popular’ songs in the city, examining how both genres fitted into people’s lives during this time of strife. Drawing in particular upon a range of sources - including liturgical orders and hymnals, polemical songs, chronicles of the Reformation and text manuscripts - the book explores the methods by which hymns were introduced in Strasbourg churches.
  • ‘Thieves, Drunkard and Womanisers? Perceptions of Church Musicians in Early Reformation Strasbourg’, in A. Noblesse-Rocher and R. G. Hobbs, eds., Bible, histoire et société (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 383-399. This essay explores attitudes toward the behaviour and morality of church musicians in Strasbourg during the first half of the sixteenth century, from the point of view of the Protestant reformers.
  • ‘The Psalms as a mark of Protestantism: The Introduction of Liturgical Psalm-Singing in Geneva’, Plainsong and Medieval Music, 20, no. 2 (2011), pp. 149-167. This article explores the significance of Genevan reformer Jean Calvin’s interest in the Psalms as theological material, and outlines his views on music and the ways in which his plans for psalm-singing were implemented from the 1540s onwards.
  • ‘"May those who know nothing be content to listen": Loys Bourgeois’s Advertissement to the Psalms (1551)’, Reformation and Renaissance Review, 11, no. 3 (2009 [published in 2011]), pp. 333-345. This is a translation of and commentary on the preface to the 1551 Genevan Psalter by the cantor of Geneva, Loys Bourgeois.

Reviews

  • ‘Bach keyboard music’, Early Music, 41 (May 2013), pp. 358-361. [Review of 18 recent recordings of Bach's music on organ and harpsichord.]
  • ‘Psalms and Vespers’, Early Music, 40 (November 2012), pp. 705-708. [Review of several recordings of psalms in the Reformed and Roman Catholic traditions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.]
  • Review of J. I. Haug, Der Genfer Psalter in den Niederlanden, Deutschland, England und dem Osmanischen Reich (16.19. Jahrhundert) (Tutzing: Schneder, 2010), published in Music and Letters, 93, no. 1 (2012), pp. 138-140.
  • ‘Singing a new song’, Early Music, 38 (May 2010), pp. 282-284. [Review of R. Weeda, Itineraires du psautier huguenot (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009).]

Other Publications

  • Accompanying notes to Audite Finem, CD released by the Charter Choir of Homerton College (2014).

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