- Rosemary Williamson
(b Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia [now Harare, Zimbabwe], Aug 17, 1942). British musicologist . He studied at the University of Cape Town (BMus 1963) and at Oxford, where he took the doctorate in 1969 with a dissertation on Janáček’s stylistic development as an operatic composer. He served as associate editor of Musical Times and worked on the editorial staff of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians before becoming lecturer at Nottingham University (1976; Reader in Opera Studies, 1989; British Academy Research Fellow in the Humanities, 1992–4; professor, 1996–7). In 1996 he became deputy editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in the following year was appointed executive editor. He was appointed professorial research fellow at Cardiff University in 2000.
Tyrrell’s main research interest is Czech music, particularly Janáček and his operas, and he has done more than any other writer in this area to inform English-speaking scholars, students and audiences, through his lucid and informative writings and translations of key documentary sources. With Charles Mackerras he has produced definitive editions of ...