European music studies contribute to the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Centre through research into music prior to the nineteenth century including historical performance practice.
Led by Emeritus Professor David Tunley, research and performances in French and Spanish baroque are complemented by studies in musical iconography.
- The research of Professor David Tunley, a distinguished scholar of the French Baroque period, has included work on the eighteenth century French Cantata.
- The School's fine collection of historical instruments, including an original “Kirkman” harpsichord, string and woodwind instruments and other keyboard instruments, is one of the most important collections in the southern hemisphere, providing crucial resources for historical performance practice research.
- Assoc/Professor Suzanne Wijsman has studied musical iconography in the medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscript Bodleian MS Opp. 776, a fifteenth century manuscript with numerous illustrations of musicians.