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Temperley, Nicholasfree

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(b Beaconsfield, Aug 7, 1932). English musicologist. After attending Eton College (1945–51), he studied for a year at the RCM, London (ARCM 1952), before reading music at King’s College, Cambridge (BA 1955, MusB 1956). He took the doctorate there in 1959 with a dissertation on 19th-century instrumental music in England. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois (1959–61) and returned to Cambridge as an assistant lecturer (1961–6). He became successively assistant professor at Yale University (1966–7), associate professor at the University of Illinois (1967–72) and professor (1972–96) and chairman (1972–5, 1992–6) of the musicology department there.

Temperley has done much to promote a reassessment of English 19th-century music in its social and historical context; he has edited Loder's opera Raymond and Agnes (given at Cambridge, 1966), piano music, songs and liturgical pieces. His other areas of research include European music from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th and American music before 1800. He has also worked on Anglican music of all periods, culminating in his substantial study of parish church music, as well as psalmody in Britain and the USA, and in particular the development of the English metrical psalm; his study on Playford's publications of these psalms is valuable both for its insight into the musical climate of the time and for its masterly analysis of the publications. The same meticulous approach marks his edition of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique in which 14 versions are collated.


  • Instrumental Music in England 1800–1850 (diss., U. of Cambridge, 1959)
  • ‘George Frederick Pinto, 1785–1806’, MT, 106 (1965), 265–70
  • ‘The English Romantic Opera’, Victorian Studies, 9 (1966), 293–301
  • ‘John Playford and the Metrical Psalms’, JAMS, 25 (1972), 331–78
  • ‘John Playford and the Stationers' Company’, ML, 54 (1973), 203–12
  • ‘Sterndale Bennett and the Lied’, MT, 116 (1975), 958–61, 1060–63
  • ‘The Anglican Communion Hymn’, The Hymn, 30 (1979), 7–15, 93–101, 178–85, 243–51
  • The Music of the English Parish Church (Cambridge, 1979/R)
  • ‘Organs in English Parish Churches, 1660–1830’, Organ Yearbook, 10 (1979), 83–100
  • ‘The Old Way of Singing: its Origins and Developments’, JAMS, 34 (1981), 511–44
  • ‘The Origin of the Fuging Tune’, RMARC, 17 (1981), 1–32
  • ed.: Music in Britain: the Romantic Age 1800–1914 (London, 1981/R)
  • ‘Schubert and Beethoven's Eight-Six Chord’, 19CM, 5 (1981–2), 142–54
  • with C.G. Manns: Fuging Tunes in the Eighteenth Century (Detroit, 1983)
  • ‘Schumann and Sterndale Bennett’, 19CM, 12 (1988–9), 207–20
  • ed.: The Lost Chord: Essays on Victorian Music (Bloomington, IN, 1989)
  • ‘Music in Church’, Music in Britain: the Eighteenth Century, ed. H.D. Johnstone and R. Fiske (Oxford, 1990), 357–96
  • ‘Haydn's Tempos in The Creation’, EMc, 19 (1991), 235–45
  • Haydn: ‘The Creation’ (Cambridge, 1991)
  • ‘The Lock Hospital Chapel and its Music’, JRMA, 118 (1993), 44–72
  • ‘The Hymn Books of the Foundling and Magdalen Hospital Chapels’, Music Publishing & Collecting, ed. D. Hunter (Urbana, IL, 1994), 1–37
  • ‘Worship Music in English-Speaking North America, 1608–1820’, Taking a Stand: Essays in Honour of John Beckwith, ed. T.J. McGee (Toronto, 1995), 166–84
  • with C.G. Manns and J. Herl: The Hymn Tune Index: a Census of English-Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820 (Oxford, 1998)
  • ‘First Forty: the Earliest American Compositions’, American Music, 15 (1997), 1–25


  • N. Temperley, ed.
  • H. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, New Berlioz Edition, 16 (1971)
  • with G. Bush: English Songs, 1800–1860, MB, 43 (1979)
  • The London Pianoforte School (New York, 1984–7) [20 vols]
  • T. Giordani: Three Quintets for Keyboard and Strings, Recent Researches in Eighteenth-Century Music, xxv (Madison, WI, 1987)
  • J. Haydn: The Creation (London, 1988)
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