Temperley, Nicholas

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Temperley, Nicholas

Temperley, Nicholas, distinguished English-born American musicologist; b. Beaconsfield, Aug. 7, 1932. He was educated at Eton Coll. (1945-51), the Royal Coll. of Music in London (1951-52), and King’s Coll., Cambridge (B.A., 1955; B.Mus., 1956; Ph.D., 1959, with the diss. Instrumental Music in England, 1800-1850). From 1959 to 1961 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Univ. of 111. He was an asst. lecturer in music at the Univ. of Cambridge from 1961 to 1966, and also a fellow and director of studies in music (1961-66) and a visiting fellow (1970-71) at Clare Coll., Cambridge. In 1966-67 he was an asst. prof, at Yale Univ. From 1967 to 1972 he was an assoc. prof., from 1972 to 1996 a prof., and from 1996 prof, emeritus at the Univ. of 111., where he also served as chairman of its musicology dept. from 1972 to 1975 and from 1992 to 1996. In 1975-76 he held an NEH fellowship. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1977. From 1978 to 1980 he was ed. of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. In 1980 he was honored with the Otto Kindeldey Award of the American Musicological Soc. In 1986 he became general ed. of the Oxford Studies in British Church Music series. In addition to his books and editions, Temperley has also contributed articles to learned journals.


Jonathan Gray and Church Music in York, 1770-1840 (York, 1977); The Music of the English Parish Church (2 vols., Cambridge, 1979); ed. The Romantic Age, 1800-1914, Vol. 5 of The Athlone History of Music in Britain (London, 1981); with C. Manns, Fuging Tunes in the Eighteenth Century (Detroit, 1983); ed. The Lost Chord: Essays in Victorian Music (Bloomington, Ind., 1989); Haydn: The Creation (Cambridge, 1991); with C. Manns and J. Herl, The Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English-Language Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820 (4 vols., Oxford, 1998).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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