Prof Thomas Schmidt

Honorary Professor

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Research interests

My research interests can be summarised as follows:

  • Music of the 15th and 16th centuries: Music sources (primarily of polyphonic music); history of the motet; music and text; music theory; historiography
  • Mendelssohn, Mozart, and (more generally) instrumental music of the late 18th and 19th centuries
  • Musical Editing / Music Philology
  • History of musical genres (motet, string quintet, sonata)
  • Sound and texture in instrumental music 

Other research

From 2010-2014, I directed the 'PRoMS' project ('The Production and Rewading of Music Sources, 1480-1530') funded by the AHRC with about £ 850,000. The project examines the mise-en-page (or layout) of manuscripts and printed editions containing polyphonic music, specifically how the unique layout of these sources informed they way the music was read and performed.

Furthermore, I collaborate with the Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (the Complete Edition of Mendelssohn's works) - for which I have edited four volumes and am working on three more - and I am on the board of directors of the Oxford-based Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music.

I sit on the editorial board of the journal Early Music and on the advisory board of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display