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Prof Barry Cooper - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Music

Tel: 0161 275-4992

Location: Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama-SU.08
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Barry Cooper studied music at University College, Oxford (MA, 1973; DPhil., 1974), where he also studied organ (FRCO, 1968). After a temporary lecturership at St Andrews University he moved to Aberdeen University (1974) before transferring to Manchester University in 1990, where he was appointed Professor of Music in 2003. He is best known for his research on Beethoven, on whom he has written or edited seven books. He has also published a scholarly performing edition of Beethoven’s 35 Piano Sonatas (2007), with extensive commentary. For further details of these and other publications, see under 'Research Interests'. His reconstruction of the original slow movement of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2, performed by the Quatuor Danel, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2011. In 2012 he discovered a hymn setting by Beethoven, 'Pange lingua', which he performed with music students at the Martin Harris Centre (University of Manchester) and which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.  A YouTube recording can be heard via the following link: .