Prof Christopher Page, Sidney Sussex

 

 

Biographical Information

Christopher Page is Professor of Medieval Music and Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Until October 2018 he is also Gresham Professor of Music at Gresham College, London (founded 1597). He holds the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association awarded for outstanding services to musicology. In 1981 he founded the professional vocal ensemble Gothic voices now with twenty-five CDs in the catalogue, three of which won the coveted Gramophone Early Music Record of the Year award. The ensemble has performed in Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Sweden, America, Israel, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Finland. London dates included twice-yearly sell-out concerts at London's Wigmore Hall. The ensemble gave its fist Promenade Concert in 1989. The group's work has been chronicled most recently in Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, The Modern Invention of Medieval Music (CUP, 2007) and Richard Taruskin, Text and Act (OUP, 2006). Between 1989 and 1997, he was presenter of BBC Radio 3's Early Music Programme, Spirit of the Age, and a presenter of the Radio 4 arts' magazine Kaleidoscope. He has been chairman of the National Early Music Association and of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society (founded 1889) of whose new journal, now published by Cambridge University Press, he was a founding editor. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Early Music (OUP) and Plainsong and Medieval Music (CUP). His most recent books are a major 350,000 word study, The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years (Yale University Press, 2010) and The Guitar in Tudor England: A Social and Musical History (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The second in his three volume history of the early guitar, The Guitar in Stuart England: A Social and Musical History, is currently with CUP. A book on the Georgians will follow. His instrument of choice is the early guitar in its various forms from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.

Research Interests

Medieval Lyric (in all languages) with music, interpretation and performance; singers and texts from Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century; reading verse aloud Nineteenth-Century prose and poetry in relation to song culture, social life and music making.

Discography (selection, all on the hyperion label). For pictures of sleeves and reviews from world press visit http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/ : The Voice in the Garden Hildegard: A feather on the breath of God (Gramophone Award. The Guardian Choral Record of the Year, 1982). A Song for Francesca (Gramophone Award) The Service of Venus and Mars (Gramophone Award) Jerusalem, Vision of Peace Lancaster and Valois Machaut: Mirror of Narcissus Music for the Lion-Hearted King The Castle of Fair Welcome The Garden of Zephirus The Marriage of Heaven & Hell The Medieval Romantics The Study of Love La Rue: Missa de Feria, Missa Sancta Dei Masters of the Rolls The Earliest Songbook in England The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 1 The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 2 The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 3 The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 4 The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5 BOOKS: Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages (London, 1987) The Owl and the Nightingale: Musical Life and Ideas Medieval France (London, 1990). The Summa Musicae: A Thirteenth-century Manual for Singers (Cambridge, 1992). Discarding Images: Reflections on Musical Life in Medieval France (Oxford, 1995). Latin Poetry and Conductus Rhythm in Medieval France (London, Royal Musical Association, 1997). Songs and Instruments of the Middle Ages: Studies on Texts and Performance (Ashgate, 1999). The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years (Yale University Press, 2009). The Guitar in Tudor England: A Social and Musical History (Cambridge University Press, 2015). EDITIONS OF MUSIC Abbess Hildegard of Bingen : Sequences and Hymns (Newton Abbot : Antico Edition, 1982) Songs of the Trouveres (Newton Abbot : Antico Edition, 1995) Jerusalem : Vision of Peace (Newton Abbot : Antico Edition, 1998)

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Medieval lyric anf romance.

Selected Publications

  • Christopher Page, The Guitar in Tudor England: A Social and Musical History (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • Christopher Page, The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years (Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Christopher Page, Jerusalem: Vision of Peace and the corresponding CD (Hyperion, CDA67039) (Newton Abbot, 1999)
  • Christopher Page, Latin Poetry and Conductus Rhythm in Medieval France, RMA Monographs Series No. 8, 1997, ix, 76
  • Christopher Page. Songs and Instruments of the Middle Ages: Studies in Texts and Performance (Ashgate, 1997)
  • Christopher Page. Discarding Images: Reflections on Music and Ideas in Medieval France (Oxford 1993)
  • Christopher Page. The Summa Musicae: a Thirteenth Century Manual for Singers (Cambridge, 1991)
  • Christopher Page. The Owl and the Nightingale: Musical Life and Ideas in France 1100-1200 (London, 1989)
  • Christopher Page. Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages (London, 1987)