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Professor David Rowland

David Rowland is Professor of Music at the Open University and has been Dean and Director of Studies for the Faculty of Arts since 2007. Before joining the Open University in 1989 he lectured at Glasgow University in 1981-2 and he has been Director of Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge since 1984.

He is currently engaged in research into music and commerce in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with a particular focus on the business career of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). Publications in this area include the first scholarly edition of Clementi’s correspondence, chapters on the instrument-making and publishing aspects of Clementi’s firm and a history of Dussek’s commercial activities in London.

In addition to his Clementi research, David has published extensively on the history and performance practice of early keyboard instruments. His first book, A History of Pianoforte Pedalling, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1993 and the same publishers subsequently commissioned his Cambridge Companion to the Piano and Early Keyboard Instruments: A Practical Guide. He has also published a number of articles on performance practice issues relating to Chopin’s piano music and is currently editing Chopin’s rondos for the new Peters edition. He has also published chapters and articles on the performance history of the piano concerto, including a major chapter in  The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto.

David has just become Principal Investigator in a £0.75m collaborative AHRC-funded project with the Royal Academy of Music entitled the Listening Experience Database. The project is designed to investigate private individuals’ responses to their experience of listening to music of any style or historical period.

As well as his scholarly activities David performs widely on the harpsichord, organ and early piano. Having been Organ Scholar at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge from 1975 to 1978 and assistant to the Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge in 1977 and 1978, he won the prestigious St Alban’s International Organ Competition in 1981 and was a major prizewinner at the Dublin International Organ Competition in the following year. He now records, broadcasts and performs regularly in London’s South Bank concert halls and in many other venues nationwide. He has conducted the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge for the last twenty-eight years and from 2002-4 he was the conductor of the Welsh National Youth Choir.

Follow this link for details of David Rowland’s publications.

The Cambridge Companion to the Piano cover