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Faculty of Music



Adam Mathias is a PhD student in Historical Musicology at Cambridge University, supervised by Susan Rankin. He completed his undergraduate study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded several prizes. Following this, Adam was awarded the Herchel Smith Scholarship to spend a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University where he was also made a Choral Fellow at the Memorial Church.

Adam is funded by a HERA grant entitled 'Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe'; a collaborative project between four other universities in Europe that examines music from c.1200–1600 and their interaction with the idea of "uses of the past". Adam will be focusing on the polyphonic repertory associated with Paris and Notre Dame around the 13th century. Specifically, he will explore the ways in which clausulae capture the essence of old and new musical practices: music understood as an orally-informed and memory-based performance tradition, and also the craftsmanship and play of 'worked-out', written composition collected in the rich manuscripts of this period.

Another research interest of his is in English motets from the end of the thirteenth century. In addition, Adam maintains a fascination with opera and its relationship to technology and acousmatic/diegetic sounds. He is also an organist, having held scholarships at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and St. Paul's, Knightsbridge.