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Iain Fenlon

Iain Fenlon

Professor of Historical Musicology

Director of Studies, King's College (Michaelmas 2014 & Easter 2015)

King's College
Cambridge CB2 1ST
Office Phone: 01223 335177

Biography:

Iain Fenlon is Professor of Historical Musicology in the Faculty of Music, and a Fellow of King’s College.

He studied at Reading (BA 1970), Birmingham (MA 1971) and Cambridge (PhD 1977). In 1973-4 he was an advisory editor for Grove 6, then Hayward Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (1974-5), a fellow of Villa I Tatti, (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) Florence (1975-6), and Junior and subsequently Senior research fellow at King’s College, Cambridge (1976-83). From 1979 he was Lecturer at Cambridge, and in 1996 was appointed Reader. He has held visiting appointments at Wellesley College, Massachusetts (1978-9), Harvard University (1984-5), the British School in Rome (1985), the Centre de Musique Ancienne, Geneva (1988-9), the École Normale Superiéure, Paris (1998-9), and the University of Bologna (2000-2001). In 1984 he was awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association, and was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1989. He has also held Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford (1991-2), and New College, Oxford (1992), and is Honorary Keeper of the Music at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Fenlon is the founding editor of Early Music History (1981-). He has recently been elected a member of the Academia Europaea (2013).

His principal area of research is music from 1450 to 1650, particularly in Italy. An early monograph on music on 16th-century Mantua explores how the Gonzaga family patronised the reform of liturgical music and the secular arts of spectacle. With James Haar he has written a study of the emergence of the Italian madrigal, which establishes the importance of its Florentine origins, and his 1994 Panizzi lectures on early Italian music print culture are published by The British Library. Giaches de Wert: Letters and Documents (Paris, 1999) provides editions with commentary of the composer’s letters, including an important cache of autographs discovered in the late 1990s. Most of his writings, some of which are gathered together in Music and Culture in Late Renaissance Italy (Oxford, 2000), explore how the history of music is related to the history of society. His most recent book is The Ceremonial City: History, Memory and Myth in Renaissance Venice (Yale, 2007).  His most recent books include Piazza San Marco: Theatre of the Senses, Market Place of the World (Harvard, 2012) and Heinrich Glarean’s Books: The Intellectual World of a Sixteenth-Century Musical Humanist (Cambridge, 2013).

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Upcoming events

Britten Sinfonia - At Lunch 2

Jan 13, 2015

1.00pm, West Road Concert Hall

CUMS Howard Shelley conducts Dvořák and Brahms

Jan 17, 2015

8.00pm, King's College Chapel

Britten Sinfonia - Sarah Connolly in America

Jan 18, 2015

7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall

Endellion String Quartet

Jan 21, 2015

7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum - All Roads Lead to Rome

Jan 27, 2015

1.10pm, Divinity School at St John's College

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