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Professor David Wyn Jones


David Wyn Jones Position: Professor of Music Email:
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David Wyn Jones was appointed as Lecturer in 1974, becoming Senior Lecturer in 1998 and Reader in 2002. He was awarded a Professorial Chair in 2007 and was Head of School March 2008 - July 2013. His main interest lies in the music of the Classical Period, in particular Haydn, Beethoven and Vienna, and in aspects of music dissemination and publishing. He was a member of the core group for the international project, ‘The Circulation of Music, 1600-1900’, sponsored by the European Science Foundation (2000-04).

He has recently been awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to research a long overdue, alternative approach to the history of music in Vienna.

He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Eighteenth-Century Music and the e-journal Joseph Haydn Perspectives. His book The Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn was awarded a prize by the International Association of Music Librarians (UK and Ireland) in 2002. He has been chairman of the Music Libraries Trust since 2005, is a Trustee of RISM (UK) and was elected a Vice President of the Royal Musical Association in 2009. He has given public lectures and talks at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Royal Festival Hall and other major venues.

He currently teaches a module on the history of opera from Handel to Weber, a postgraduate seminar course on Haydn’s op. 76 quartets and individual postgraduate seminars on canon and reception history, historiography, and the public sphere.



(ed. with Richard Chesser) 'The Land of Opportunity': Joseph Haydn in Britain
(London: The British Library, 2013)

The Life of Haydn (Cambridge: CUP, 2009; paperback, 2013)

The Symphony in Beethoven’s Vienna (Cambridge: CUP, 2006)

(ed.) The Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn (Oxford: OUP, 2002; revised paperback edition, 2009)

(ed.) Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000)

The Life of Beethoven (Cambridge: CUP, 1998)

(ed. with Otto Biba) Studies in Music History presented to H. C. Robbins Landon on his Seventieth Birthday (London: Thames and Hudson, 1996)

(ed.) Music in Eighteenth-Century Austria (Cambridge: CUP, 1996)

Beethoven. Pastoral Symphony (Cambridge: CUP, 1995)

(with H. C. Robbins Landon) Haydn. His Life and Music (London: Thames and Hudson, 1988)

Book Chapters, Journal Articles and Published Papers

'Haydn, Austria and Britain: Music, Culture and Politics in the 1790s', in The Land of Opportunity: Joseph Haydn in Britain, Richard Chesser and David Wyn Jones (eds), (London: British Library, 2013), 1-21.

‘Haydn's Forgotten Quartets: Three of the 'Paris' Symphonies Arranged for String Quartet’, Eighteenth-century Music, 8 (2011), 287-307.

‘Becoming a complete Kapellmeister: Haydn and Mattheson’s Der vollkommene Capellmeister’, Studia Musicologica 51 (2010), 29-40.

'Haydn in London: London in Haydn', Österreichische Musikzeitschrift 3/4 (2009), 40-48

'The Stylus a Cappella masses of the Viennese Classical School: Palestrina honoured and transformed', in Giancarlo Rostirolla, Stefania Soldati and Elena Zomparelli (eds), Palestrina e l'Europa. Atti del III Convegno Internazionale di Studi (Palestrina, 6-9 ottobre 1994) (Palestrina Fondazione G. Pierluigi da Palestrina, 2006), 1061-74

'Some aspects of Clementi's career as a publisher', in Muzio Clementi. Compositore, (Forte)pianista, editore, B. M. Antolini and C. Mastroprimiano (eds) (Lucca: Lim Editrice, 2006), 3-19

'Haydn, Hoffmeister, Beethoven and Mozart. Salomon's 1801 Concert Series', in Festschrift Otto Biba zum 60. Geburtstag, Ingrid Fuchs (ed.) (Tutzing: Schneider, 2006), 29-37

‘First among equals: Haydn and his fellow composers’, in The Cambridge Companion to Haydn, Caryl Clark (ed.) (Cambridge: CUP, 2005), 45-57

‘What do surviving copies of early printed music tell us?’, in Music Publishing in Europe 1600-1900, Rudolf Rasch (ed.) (Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2005), 139-58

‘A newly identified sketchleaf for Haydn’s Quartet in d minor, “Opus 103”’, Haydn-Studien, 8 (2004), 413-17

‘The origins of the Quartet’ and ‘Beethoven and the Viennese Legacy’, in The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet, Robin Stowell (ed.) (Cambridge: CUP, 2003), 177-84 and 210-37

‘”ma in Ispagna. . . “ Manuscript sources for Mozart’s Music in the Royal Palace, Madrid’, Mitteilungen der Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum, 49 (2001), 40-50

‘Austrian Symphonies in the Royal Palace, Madrid’, in Music in Spain during the Eighteenth Century, Malcolm Boyd and Juan-José Carreras (eds) (Cambridge: CUP, 1998), 125-43

'From Artaria to Longman & Broderip: Mozart’s Music on Sale in London’, in Studies in Music History presented to H. C. Robbins Landon on his Seventieth Birthday, Otto Biba and David Wyn Jones (eds) (London: Thames and Hudson, 1996)

‘Introduction: new challenges, new perspectives’ and ‘Haydn’s Missa sunt bona mixta malis and the a cappella tradition’, in Music in Eighteenth-Century Austria, David Wyn Jones (ed.) (Cambridge: CUP, 1996), 1-10 and 89-111

‘A Spanish Source for Haydn’s “Non nobis Domine”’, Haydn Yearbook, 17 (1992), 167-9

‘Why did Mozart compose his last three Symphonies? Some new Hypotheses’, Music Review, 51 (1990), 280-9

‘Haydn’s Music in London in the Period 760-1790’, Haydn Yearbook, 14 (1983), 144-72

‘Robert Bremner and The Periodical Overture’, Soundings, 7 (1978), 63-84


Joseph Haydn. Missa 'sunt bona mixta malis', with H. C. Robbins Landon, (Paris: Editions Mario Bois, 1992)

J. C. Bach. Symphonies III. Seven Symphonic Works form Eighteenth-Century Printed Sources. The Collected Works of Johann Christian Bach 1735-1782, Volume 28 (New York: Garland Press, 1989)

Vanhal. Six Quartets. An Edition and Commentary (Cardiff: University College Press, 1980)

Other Output

  • Entries in Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia (2005), The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), The New Grove Dictionary of Music, Second Edition (2001), Die ‘neue’ Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, The Viking Opera Guide (1993)
  • Reviews in British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Journal of Modern History, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Music and Letters and The Musical Times
  • CD notes for Archiv, Brilliant Classics, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Phillips, Teldec and Virgin Classics
  • Programme notes for Academy of Ancient Music, BBC NOW, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh Festival, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra


In 2013 David Wyn Jones was awarded a two-year Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust. This will enable him to write a book on the history of music in Vienna. Rather surprisingly there is no major study of music and musical life in Vienna across the centuries; much of what we know is derived from biographies of individuals who lived and worked there.

Rather than a broad survey of music in the city from the medieval period to the present day this project will focus on three contrasting epochs, c.1700, c. 1800 and c. 1900, emphasizing differences and drawing attention to continuities. Undeniably, Vienna is a musical centre of supreme and sustained ahievement, but it is also one that is burdened with the weight of history and popular perception.

This project will unveil a  more multi-faceted approach to the history of music in the city. The results will be published in a major volume to be published by Boydell and Brewer in 2016.

Research Papers and Public Lectures



'Dealing in music in late eighteenth-century Vienna. What Johann Traeg's catalogue can
tell us about music history', International Association of Music Libraries, Archives
and Documentation Centres (IAML) 2013 Conference, Vienna, 1 August 2013

'The 'Eroica' Symphony: Setting the agenda and forgetting history', study session at the Royal Northern College of Music, 1 February 2013

'Converting Symphonies into String Quartets: Haydn's Forgotten Quartets','Music without Walls? Source Studies in the 21st Century', Queen's University, Belfast, 16-17 December 2009

'Shaping Haydn's destiny: London and Haydn, 1782-1790', 'The reception of Haydn', Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, 20-22 November 2009

'Converting Symphonies into String Quartets: Haydn's Forgotten Quartets', international conference 'Haydn and Landon', Boston University, 2 October 2009

'Proms Intro' on Haydn's The Creation, Royal College of Music, BBC Proms, London, 18 July 2009

'Haydn, the complete Kapellmeister. Haydn and Mattheson's Der vollkommene Capellmeister', Haydn Conference, Budapest and Esterháza, 27-30 May 2009

' "Such a thing is possible only in England". Austria, England, Haydn and History', conference 'Joseph Haydn and the Business of Music', British Library, London, 14-15 March 2009

'Setting the Agenda. Beethoven, Eberl and the Viennese Classical School', Cambridge University, 27 February 2008

'Creating the Creation', LSO Discovery Day, LSO St Luke's, London, 7 October 2007

'The Mozart Dynasty and the Making of Mozart', York Early Music Festival, 13 July 2006

Current PhD Candidates

Vanessa Devaux, 'Violin music and violin players in Vienna, 1800-1830’

Alessandra Palidda, 'Opera in period of political change; Milan, 1790-1802'

David Wyn Jones welcomes PhD students wishing to work in the following areas: music in Vienna 1700-1900, Haydn, and music dissemination in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Successful PhD Candidates

Anke Caton, 'Disenchantment during the Biedermeier Period: Political Subtext in Schubert's Songs' (2011)

Paul Ellison, ‘The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in his Music’ (2010). Dr Ellison's monograph based on his thesis will be published by Pendragon Press in December 2013.

Cameron Gardner, ‘Schubert’s 1825 piano sonatas: constructing and deconstructing intepretation from expressive opposition’ (2006)

Jane Holland, ‘Robert Bremner’s “Favourite Songs”: opera publishing in eighteenth-century London’ (2003)

James Garrett, ‘Palestrina and the German Romantic Imagination. Interpreting Historicism in nineteenth-century music’ (1999). Dr Garrett's thesis was the basis for his first monograph - Palestrina and the German Romantic Imagination: Interpreting Historicism in Nineteenth-Century Music - published by Cambridge University Press in 2002.

Maurizio Dottori, ‘The Church Music of Davide Perez and Niccolo Jommelli, with special emphasis on their funeral music’ (1997)

Wendy Taylor, ‘English Pantomime in London in the period 1779-1785’ (1997)