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Faculty of Music

 Charles  Pardoe


PhD student


Following degrees in Music, (B.A., MSc.R.), Charles is pursuing doctoral research in organology, the branch of musicology concerned with musical instruments. With the working title ‘Fretting Chordophones: an Intellectual History beginning with the Writings of al-Kindi’, his thesis centres on the musical testimonia of the ninth-century philosopher Al-Kindi. These relay nuanced accounts of the construction and tuning of the medieval Arabian lute (al-‘ūd), and might preserve the earliest extant directly attributed music for a fretted chordophone. He is supervised by Rdr Sam Barrett (Faculty of Music) and Prof. Christopher Page (Faculty of English).