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Professor Richard Wistreich

MA (Cantab), MA (Music), PhD

Richard Wistreich takes overall responsibility for Research and Programmes.

Richard is a scholar, teacher and singer, with wide-ranging research interests: in particular, vocal performance in Europe between 1500 and 1800. He has published widely on many aspects of the cultural history of singing, and travels widely to talk about his work to both music specialists and at interdisciplinary conferences. He is currently the co-editor of the Cambridge History of Sixteenth Century Music.

Richard is also an internationally renowned performer of both early and contemporary music. He has made concert, radio and television appearances worldwide, and recorded more than 100 CDs. In 1989 he co-founded the ensemble Red Byrd, dedicated to performing both old and new music, often side-by-side in the same concerts.

Selected publications

Fenlon I & Wistreich R (eds.) (2018), The Cambridge History of Sixteenth Century Music, Cambridge University Press [ISBN 9780521195942].  Includes three chapters by R Wistreich: ‘Introduction’, ‘Music and war’, and ‘The lives of musicians.’

Wistreich R (2017), ‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’: body, soul, and the singing voice, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 8, [LINK].

Richards J & Wistreich R (2016), The anatomy of the Renaissance voice, in A Whitehead & A Woods (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (pp. 276-293), Edinburgh University Press [ISBN 9781474400046].

Wistreich R (2015), High, middle and low: singing Monteverdi, in D Fabris & M K Murata (eds.) Passaggio in Italia: Music on the Grand tour in the Seventeenth Century, Brepols [ISBN 978-2-503-53568-5].

Wistreich R (2013), Using the music: musical materials and expert singers’ practices in Monteverdi’s time, Basler Jahrbuch für Historische Musikpraxis, Amadeus [ISBN 978-3-905786-16-3].

Wistreich R (2011), Music books and sociability, Il Saggiatore Musicale, 18, 230-246.

Wistreich R (ed.) (2011), The Baroque Composers: Monteverdi, Ashgate [ISBN 9780754629023].

Wistreich R (2007), Warrior, Courtier, Singer: Giulio Cesare Brancaccio and the Performance of Identity in the Late Renaissance, Routledge (reprint 2016) [ISBN 9780754654148].

Faculties / departments: Directorate, Research

Latest Publications

Wistreich, R. (2017) ‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’: Body, Soul, and the Singing Voice. Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 9. n/a. ISSN 1759-3085 (In Press)

Tregear, P and Johansen, G and Jorgensen, H and Sloboda, J and Tulve, H and Wistreich, R. (2016) Conservatoires in society: Institutional challenges and possibilities for change. Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, 15 (3-4). pp. 276-292. ISSN 14740222

Wistreich, R. and Richards, J. (2016) The Anatomy of the Renaissance Voice. In: The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 276-293. ISBN Hardback: 9781474400046

Wistreich, R. (2016) ‘Reconstructing Historical Singing: Reality or Fantasy?’. In: Diversity in Historically Informed Performance, 17 May 2016, King's Place, London. (Unpublished)

Wistreich, R. (2016) Warrior, Courtier, Singer: Giulio Cesare Brancaccio and the Performance of Identity in the Late Renaissance. Other. Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

Wistreich, R. (2015) High, Middle, and Low: Singing Monteverdi. In: Passaggio in Italia: Music on the Grand Tour in the Seventeenth Century. Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 65-83. ISBN 978-2-503-53568-5

Wistreich, R. (2013) ‘Real Basses, Real Men: Virtù and Virtuosity in the Construction of Noble Male Identity in Late Sixteenth-Century Italy'. In: Gesang zur Laute: TroJa Trossingen Jahrbuch für Renaissancemusik. Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel, pp. 59-80. ISBN 3-7618-1612-X

Wistreich, R. (2013) „nach der jetzig Newen Italienischen Manier zur guten Art im singen sich gewehnen”: The Trillo and the Migration of Italian Noble Singing. In: Migration und Identität: Wanderbewegungen und Kulturkontakte in der Musikgeschichte. Analecta Musicologica (49). Bärenreiter, Kassel, pp. 138-150. ISBN 978-3-7618-2135-0

Wistreich, R. (2009) Of Mars I Sing: Monteverdi Voicing Virility’. In: Masculinity and Western Musical Practice. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 67-94. ISBN 9780754662396


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Professor Richard Wistreich

Director of Research