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Peter Wright

Emeritus Professor of Music,

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Biography

Peter Wright was born in Vienna and educated in the UK. He took the BA and the BMus in composition at Oxford University, where he was awarded the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize in musical composition. He then worked in London as a freelance writer, composer and teacher before resuming full-time study (MA, PhD) at the University of Nottingham. Following an appointment at the University of Exeter (1987) he returned to Nottingham (1988), where he was promoted to a personal chair in 2006.

His main research interests lie in English and continental music of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, with a particular focus on source study. Central to his work are the Trent Codices, the largest surviving collection of early and mid-fifteenth-century polyphony, on which he has published a monograph (The Related Parts of Trent, Museo Provinicale d'Arte, MSS 87 (1374) and 92 (1379), New York 1989) and numerous articles and has edited a set of international conference proceedings (I codici musicali trentini: nuove scoperte e nuovi orientamenti della ricerca, Trent 1996). He has contributed to many journals, including Early Music History, Plainsong & Medieval Music and Music & Letters (his article 'Paper Evidence and the Dating of Trent 91' was awarded the Westrup Prize in 1995), and collections of essays, and has published two editions of 15th-century mass music for the British Academy series Early English Church Music.

He was director of a major research project, 'The Music Anthology of Hermann Pötzlinger (ca. 1415-1469)', which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004-7) and focused on one of the central sources of late medieval European polyphony, the so-called 'St Emmeram Codex'. He and his collaborator on the project, Ian Rumbold, co-authored the commentary to a new facsimile of the codex (Reichert Verlag 2006) and a monograph, Hermann Pötzlinger's Music Book: The St Emmeram Codex and Its Contexts (Boydell 2009; awarded the 2010 C. B. Oldman Prize). He has served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association (2001-4) and the committee for Early English Church Music (since 2002), of which he is currently chair. In 2012 held a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship and was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

Recent Publications

  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. Nuove scoperte sulla carriera di Nicolas de Merques. In: M. GOZZI, A. ZIINO, F. ZIMEI, ed., Beyond 50 years of Ars Nova Studies at Certaldo 1959-2009 Libreria Musicale Italiana. 483-8
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. Trent 87 and 92: questions of origin, repertory and physical make-up. In: M. NANNI, ed., Music and Culture in the Age of the Council of Basel Brepols. 111-33
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. The transmission of English liturgical music to Central Europe c.1430–c.1445. In: A. RAUSCH AND B. TAMMEN, ed., Musikalische Repertoires in Zentraleuropa (1420–1450): Prozesse & Praktiken Böhlau Verlag. 83–112
  • WRIGHT, P. A., ed., 2013. Edition, with introduction and commentaries. Fifteenth-Century Liturgical Music, VIII: settings of the Gloria and credo Early English Church Music, 55 Stainer and Bell (for the British Academy).
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. Nuove scoperte sulla carriera di Nicolas de Merques. In: M. GOZZI, A. ZIINO, F. ZIMEI, ed., Beyond 50 years of Ars Nova Studies at Certaldo 1959-2009 Libreria Musicale Italiana. 483-8
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. Trent 87 and 92: questions of origin, repertory and physical make-up. In: M. NANNI, ed., Music and Culture in the Age of the Council of Basel Brepols. 111-33
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2014. The transmission of English liturgical music to Central Europe c.1430–c.1445. In: A. RAUSCH AND B. TAMMEN, ed., Musikalische Repertoires in Zentraleuropa (1420–1450): Prozesse & Praktiken Böhlau Verlag. 83–112
  • WRIGHT, P. A., ed., 2013. Edition, with introduction and commentaries. Fifteenth-Century Liturgical Music, VIII: settings of the Gloria and credo Early English Church Music, 55 Stainer and Bell (for the British Academy).
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2011. The contribution and identity of scribe D of the 'St Emmeram Codex'. In: FROBENIUS, W., KLEINERTZ, R. and FLAMM, C., eds., Musik des Mittelalters und der Renaissance: Festschrift Klaus-Jürgen Sachs zum 80. Geburtstag Georg Olms Verlag. 283-316
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2011. The 'St Emmeram' Mensural Codex (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 14274): Introduction. In: JAN BAT’A, LENKA HLÀVKOVÀ, JIŘÍ K. KROUPA, ed., Musical Culture of the Bohemian Lands and Central Europe before 1620 KLP. 99-101
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2011. A Gloria newly attributed to Byttering. In: FABRICE FITCH AND JACOBIJN KIEL, ed., Essays on Renaissance Music in Honour of David Fallows: Bon Jour, bon mois, et bonne estrenne The Boydell Press. 170-77
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2010. Englishness in a Kyrie (Mis)attributed to Du Fay. In: HORNBY, E. and MAW, D., eds., Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell: sources, style, performance, historiography The Boydell Press. 185-214
  • RUMBOLD, I and WRIGHT, P. A., 2009. Hermann Pötzlinger’s Music Book: The St Emmeram Codex and its Contexts The Boydell Press.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2009. Polyphony for Corpus Christi in an unknown fragmentary source from mid-fifteenth-century central Europe: an interim report. In: BLOXAM, M.J., FILOCAMO, G. and HOLFORD-STREVENS, L., eds., Uno gentile et subtile ingenio: studies in Renaissance music in honour of Bonnie J. Blackburn Brepols. 271–282
  • RUMBOLD, I and WRIGHT, P. A., 2008. Codex St. Emmeram. Stimmwerck (CD: Aeolus, AE-10023) (In Press.)
  • WRIGHT, P. A., 2007. Johannes Wiser. In: FINSCHER, L., ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2nd ed.. Personenteil 17. Kassel: Bärenreiter.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., ed., 2006. Scholarly edition. Fifteenth-Century Liturgical Music, V: Settings of the Sanctus and Agnus dei Early English church music, 47 London: Stainer & Bell (for the British Academy).
  • RUMBOLD, I and WRIGHT, P. A., 2006. Der Mensuralcodex St. Emmeram: Faksimile der Handschrift Clm 14274 der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Kommentar und Inventar von Ian Rumbold unter Mitarbeit von Peter Wright. Einführung von Martin Staehelin. Herausgegeben von der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek und Lorenz Welker Wiesbaden: Reichert.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2004. The ownership of the Aosta codex. In: GOZZI, M., ed., Manoscritti di polifonia nel Quattrocento europeo: atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, 18-19 ottobre 2002 Trento: Provincia autonoma di Trento, Soprintendenza per i beni librari e archivstici. 57-64
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2003. Watermarks and musicology: the genesis of Johannes Wiser's collection Early Music History. 22, 247-332
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2003. The St Emmeram codex Early Music. 31(4), 637-639
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2002. Frye, Walter. In: FINSCHER, L, ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2nd ed.. Personenteil 7. Kassel: Bärenreiter.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2001. 'Cox, Richard'; 'Damett, Thomas'; 'Driffelde'; 'Dupoitt, G'. In: FINSCHER, L., ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2nd ed.. Personenteil 5. Kassel: Bärenreiter.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2001. 33 new or revised articles on fifteenth-century composers and on musical notation. In: SADIE, S., ed., The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians 2nd ed.. London: MacMillan.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2000. 'Blome'; 'Bodoil'; 'Brabant'; 'Burell'. In: FINSCHER, L., ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2nd ed.. Personenteil 3. Kassel: Bärenreiter.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2000. Binchois and England: some questions of style, influence, and attribution in his sacred works. In: KIRKMAN, A. and SLAVIN, D., eds., Binchois studies Oxford: Oxford University Press. 87-118
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 2000. Collis, Hainricus. In: FINSCHER, L., ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2nd ed.. Personenteil 4. Kassel: Bärenreiter.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1999. Decline or renewal in late Tippett? The fifth string quartet in perspective. In: CLARKE, D., ed., Tippett studies Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 200-222
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1998. Art and science in the Italian Renaissance: music Leonardo da Vinci Society Newsletter. 12,
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1996. Review of J Kmetz Music of the German Renaissance (Cambridge 1994) Leading Notes: Journal of the National Early Music Association. 10, 28
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1996. Johannes Wiser's paper and the copying of his manuscripts. In: WRIGHT, P.A., ed., I codici musicali trentini: nuove scoperte e nuovi orientamenti della ricerca: atti del convegno internazionale = The Trent codices: new findings and new directions Trento: Servizio beni culturali, Provincia autonoma di Trento. 31-53
  • WRIGHT, P.A., ed., 1996. I codici musicali trentini: nuove scoperte e nuovi orientamenti della ricerca: atti del convegno internazionale = The Trent codices: new directions and new findings Trento: Servizio beni culturali, Provincia autonoma di Trento.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1995. Paper evidence and the dating of Trent 91 Music and Letters. 76(4), 487–508
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1995. Review of Ross, Musick Fyne. Robert Carver and the art of music in sixteenth-century Scotland Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 46(3), 524
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1994. A new attribution to Brassart? Plainsong and Medieval Music. 3, 23-43
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1994. The Trent codices: an introduction Leading Notes: Journal of the National Early Music Association. 4, 8-10
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1992. Johannes Brassart and Johannes de Sarto Plainsong & Medieval Music. 41–61
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1992. Review of Early Music History, 10, ed. I. Fenlon (Cambridge: CUP, 1991) Music and Letters. 566–8
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1989. The Related Parts of Trent, Museo Provinciale d’Arte, MSS 87 (1374) and 92 (1379): A Paleographical and Text-Critical Study New York: Garland.
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1986. The Aosta-Trent relationship reconsidered. In: PIRROTTA, N and CURTI, D, eds., I codici musicali trentini a cento anni dalla loro riscoperta: Atti del convegno ‘Laurence Feininger, la musicologia come missione’ Trent: Provincia Autonoma di Trento. 138–57 (In Press.)
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1986. On the origins of Trent 87-1 and 92-2 Early Music History. 245–70
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1983. Review of E. Winternitz, Leonardo da Vinci as a Musician, New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1982 Art Book Review. 28 (In Press.)
  • WRIGHT, P.A., 1982. The compilation of Trent 87-1 and 92-2 Early Music History. 237–71

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