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Prof David Fallows - personal details

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Role: Emeritus Professor of Musicology




I was born locally (Buxton, 1945) but moved around widely before coming back in 1976. In the interim I had been active in the professional performance of early music, with Musica Reservata in London but most particularly with the Studio der fr?hen Musik in Munich and Musica Mundana in California. It was mainly playing viols and other early instruments but also with something of a career as a continuo harpsichordist. Somehow priorities had to be set, though, and most of that was pushed aside to make way for a growing interest in musical research.

Association with the professional playing world is now mainly in occasional help with recordings and sporadic reviewing, though I have continued to play the viol and recently found an interest in playing the double bass with local amateur orchestras.

Qualifications and Honours:

  • B.A., Jesus College, Cambridge, 1967
  • M.Mus., King's College, London, 1968
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1978
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (R?publique Fran?aise), 1994
  • Fellow of the British Academy, 1997
  • Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society, 1999

For some years I have been keeping an update-list for details in my Catalogue of Polyphonic Songs, 1415-1480 (Oxford, 1999). I am pleased to say that it is now here: just click below on 'Song Appendix'. Do please let me know of any further additions or adjustments you think may be appropriate.

Song appendix