Roche, Jerome (Lawrence Alexander)
- David Scott
(b Cairo, May 22, 1942; d Vittorio Veneto, Italy, June 2, 1994). British musicologist. He studied at Downside School (1956–9) before reading music at St John’s College, Cambridge (1959–62, 1964–7; BA 1962, MusB 1963). He took the doctorate at Cambridge in 1968 with a dissertation on Italian 17th-century sacred music, supervised by Denis Arnold, in which he concentrated on the development of the sacred vocal duet. In 1967 he was appointed a lecturer at Durham University. He received a British Academy Scholarship to study at the Cini Foundation, Venice, in 1973. Italian studies dominated Roche’s research and through his work much Italian church music, particularly by Cavalli, Crivelli and Grandi (editions of whose music he published in 1968), has become more widely known. His monograph on Palestrina attempts to place the composer in a broad context. He also edited The Penguin Book of Four-Part Italian Madrigals...