Professor John Irving

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Professor John Irving
BA, PhD University of Sheffield
Position/Fellowship type:
Associate Fellow (previously IMR Director)
Fellowship term:
01-Nov-2011 to 31-Dec-2014
Institute of Musical Research
Institute of Musical Research School of Advanced Study University of London Seante House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
07739 22 42 47
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Summary of research interests and expertise:

The keyboard and chamber music of Mozart
The fortepiano (on which he is an active performer of classical period repertoire)
Baroque and classical performance practice
English music of the Elizabethan period

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Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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01-Jan-2012 Inhabiting Mozart’s chamber music: the fortepianist’s tale


Mozart’s chamber music with keyboard ed M. Harlow (Cambridge, CUP, 2012), pp. 220-34

01-Jan-2012 The Symphony in Vienna, 1760-1827


The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony ed. J. Horton (Cambridge, 2012), pp.15-28

01-Dec-2011 CD - Sonatas from the Court of Salzburg: Leopold Mozart & his Contemporaries

01-Jan-2011 Chopin: Impromptus

The New Complete Chopin Edition (Peters, 2011); co-edited with Christophe Grabowski vii + 55pp

10-Jan-2010 Understanding Mozart’s Piano Sonatas

Published by Ashgate. John Irving’s new book considers a wide selection of contextual situations for Mozart’s sonatas and foregrounds the provisionality of the notated texts, arguning that these are not so much identifiers as possibilities and that the music’s identity resides in the usage (namely, the performance) rather than ‘on the page’. Reception history, analysis, organology, manuscript and archival studies and especially performance practice are the tools by which Irving attempts to go beyond Mozart’s texts in a search for meaning.

01-Jan-2010 Thomas Tomkins: Keyboard Music

Musica Britannica 5 Revised, 3rd ed. (Stainer & Bell; London, 2010) ISBN 0-85249-798-9 xxviii + 110 pp.

2009 Mozart's Words, Mozart's Music: Untangling an Encounter with a Fortepiano and its Remarkable Consequences' in Austrian Studies, vol.17, pp.29-42

2009 Listening Again and Again: Mozart’s Music in Niemetschek’s ‘Life’

London: Ricordi

2009 Performance in the eighteenth century (chapter)

Chapter on ‘Performance in the Eighteenth Century’ for The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music ed. Simon Keefe (Cambridge, 2009).

1997 Mozart's Piano Sonatas: Contexts, Sources, Style (Cambridge)

'The book is solid, reliable and erudite...a valuable addition to the growing body of literature...lay[ing] a firm foundation for future research' Early Music
Mozart: the "Haydn" String Quartets Cambridge Music Handbook (Cambridge, 1998)
‘Irving is never less than authoritative and persuasive’ The Musical Times
Mozart's Piano Concertos (Ashgate Press, 2003)
'An essential companion for players, students and listeners of this amazing body of music' Early Music Review

Additional Publications

Publications available in Senate House Libraries

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

the General Editorship of a series of monographs on The English-Texted Music of William Byrd (Boydell & Brewer).

a CD, Clarinets by Arrangement containing early 19th-century clarinet and fortepiano arrangements of classical chamber works including Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Beethoven’s Horn Sonata (with clarinettist, Jane Booth).

The keyboard used in this recording is a copy of an Anton Walter 5–octave fortepiano (c.1795) made by Paul McNulty (sfz records, release - summer 2010)

a chapter on the Viennese Symphony for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Symphony (ed. Julian Horton)

liner notes to the 10-volume series of CD recordings by Ronald Brautigam of Mozart's Piano Concertos (BIS)

Practice-as-research performance project

include a CD recording of Mozart keyboard works on a historic 1763 clavichord (part of a research project supported by the British Academy, commencing in August 2010).

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Relevant Events

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This is John's diary of events

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