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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

Richards, J. and Wistreich, R. (2019) Introduction: voicing text 1500-1700. Huntington Library Quarterly (special issue), 82 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 1544-399X (online) 0018-7895 (print)

Fenlon, I. and Wistreich, R. (2019) Introduction. In: The Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1-23. ISBN 9780511675874

Wistreich, R. (2019) Music and war. In: The Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 176-205. ISBN 9780511675874

Wistreich, R. (2019) The lives of musicians. In: The Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 288-334. ISBN 9780511675874

Wistreich, R. (2017) ‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’: body, soul, and the singing voice. Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 9 (8). n/a. ISSN 1759-3085

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. and Potter, J. (2013) Singing early music: a conversation. Early Music, 41 (1). pp. 22-26. ISSN 0306-1078

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

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. (2012) Vocal performance in the seventeenth century. In: The Cambridge History of Musical Performance. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 398-420. ISBN 9781139025966

Wistreich, R. (2012) Musical materials and cultural spaces. Renaissance Studies, 26 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 02691213

Wistreich, R. (2011) ‘Thou & Ile sing to make these dull Shades merry’: Herrick’s Charon Dialogues. In: ‘Lords of Wine and Oile’: community and conviviality in the poetry of Robert Herrick. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199604777

Wistreich, R. (2009) Of mars I sing: Monteverdi voicing virility. In: Masculinity and Western Musical Practice. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 67-94. ISBN 9780754662396

Wistreich, R. (2006) Philippe De Monte: new autobiographical documents. Early Music History, 25. pp. 257-308. ISSN 0261-1279 (Print), 1474-0559 (Online)

Wistreich, R. (2002) Das Ausführen und Lehren historisch informierten Singens - wen kümmert es? [Teaching and Practising Historically Informed Singing: Who Cares?]. Basler Jahrbuch für Historische Musikpraxis, 26.

Wistreich, R. (2000) Reconstructing pre-Romantic singing technique. In: The Cambridge Companion to Singing. Cambridge Companions to Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 178-191. ISBN 9780521627092 (print) 9781139002073 (online)

Wistreich, R. (1994) "La voce è grata assai, ma…”: Monteverdi on singing. Early Music, 22 (1). pp. 7-20. ISSN 0306-1078

Contact

For enquires please contact:

Professor Richard Wistreich

Director of Research

research@rcm.ac.uk

richard.wistreich@rcm.ac.uk