- Patricia Brown
(b Chatham Islands, New Zealand, June 24, 1948). New Zealand and Australian musicologist. He studied at Victoria University, Wellington, gaining the BA in 1970; moving to the University of Canterbury, he took the MA in 1972, and the doctorate in 1976, with a dissertation on John Coprario. He was a research fellow at the University of Sydney (1976–8, 1981–90) and at the University of Queensland (1979–80), and senior research fellow (reader) in musicology at the University of Sydney (1991–4). In 1990 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 1995 he was made professor of historical musicology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2002 and was a recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal in 2003. His main areas of activity have been European music, musicians and musical sources of the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly in England, Germany and Italy. He has rediscovered music and sources, and published meticulous studies of these and other materials, of which his annotated catalogue of the works of Giovanni Gabrieli, described by one reviewer as a ‘major breakthrough’, is a fine example. Early performing practice, especially of Venetian music, is another area where he has provided new insights. A prolific music editor, he has published critical editions of the complete works of Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovanni Bassano and members of the Ferrabosco family. Other composers on whose music he has worked include J.C. Bach, Giovanni Croce, Hans Leo Hassler, John Hingeston, Thomas Lupo, Claudio Monteverdi and Adam Gumpelzhaimer. Collaboration with recording artists, such as the Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh, has resulted in a number of outstanding compact discs and a video, variously released by Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, Hyperion and others....