Rohan Stewart-MacDonald

Rohan Stewart-MacDonald
Posted by on Oct 1, 2012

Rohan Stewart-MacDonald was born in Solihull, England. In 1993 he matriculated as a Choral Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Since completing the Ph.D. in 2001 he has continued with research, and published a full-length book on Clementi’s keyboard sonatas in 2006. Between 2004 and 2009 he was Director of Music, Director of Studies in Music and Bye-Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he taught both undergraduate and post-graduate students for a total of thirteen years. After leaving Cambridge in 2009 he became an Independent Scholar. Initially specializing in British music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries his research interests have expanded to include Italian instrumental music of this period. He is on the scientific committee of the Italian National Edition of the works of Muzio Clementi.

He is an enthusiastic and regular reviewer for academic journals both at home and abroad (including Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Ad Parnassum and The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies) and also welcomes commissions for CD liner notes, programme notes and short articles for festival booklets.

In addition to research and writing he is also an experienced performer on piano and voice. Between 1999 and 2010 he was a Deputy Lay Clerk in the choir of Ely Cathedral. He has performed regularly as a piano soloist and chamber musician over the last two decades, specializing increasingly in repertory of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Books & Editions

Books & Editions
Posted by on Sep 2, 2012

Books

Jan Ladislav Dussek: A Bohemian Composer En Voyage Through Europe, edited by Roberto Illiano and Rohan H Stewart MacDonald. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Quaderni Studi Clementiani IV), forthcoming in 2012.

New Perspectives on the Keyboard Sonatas of Muzio Clementi. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2006 (Quaderni Studi Clementiani II).

 

Editions

Appointment to the Committee of the Italian National Edition of the complete works of Muzio Clementi (2008-).

Multi-author Books

Multi-author Books
Posted by on Sep 1, 2012

‘Improvisation into Composition. The First Movement of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 81’, in: Beyond Notes: Improvisation in Western Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, edited by Rudolf Rasch, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011, pp. 129-152.

‘Motivic Processes, Dramatic Dialogue and Narrativity in Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 6’, in: Nicolo Paganini: Diabolus in Musica, edited by Andrea Barizza and Fulvia Morabito, Turnhout, Brepols, 2010, pp. 141-166.

‘Clementi, the Market Place and the Cultivation of a British Identity during the Industrial Revolution’, in Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution, edited by Roberto Illiano and Luca Sala, Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2010 (Ad Parnassum Studies, 5), pp. 471-510.

‘Keyboard Music from Couperin to Early Beethoven’, in The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music, edited by Simon Keefe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 457-491.

‘The Minor Mode as Archaic Signifier in the Solo Keyboard Works of Domenico Scarlatti and Muzio Clementi’, in Domenico Scarlatti Adventures: Essays to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of His Death, edited by W. Dean Sutcliffe and Massimiliano Sala. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Ad Parnassum Studies 4), 2007, pp. 401-443.

‘The Faces of Parnassus: Towards a New Reception of Muzio Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum’, in Pianists in Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by Simon McVeigh and Susan Wollenberg. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 69-100.

‘Viotti as Concert and Operatic Manager during his “First” London Period (1792-1798)’, in Giovanni Battista Viotti between the Two Revolutions, edited by Massimiliano Sala. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2006 (Ad Parnassum Studies 2), pp. 121-156.

‘Canon in Clementi’s Later Piano Sonatas’, in: Muzio Clementi. Cosmopolita della Musica. Atti del convegno internazionale in occasione del 250 anniversario della nascita (1752-1832). Roma 4-6 dicembre 2002, Bologna, Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2004 (Quaderni Clementiani 1).

Reviews, Conference Reports & Notes

Reviews, Conference Reports & Notes
Posted by on Aug 1, 2012

Review‘A Mozart Bonanza’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXIX/4 (2011), pp. 650-655.

Review: ‘Beethoven Refreshed and Revitalized’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXIX/3 (2011), pp. 469-472.

Review: John Irving. Understanding Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, Farnham, Ashgate, 2010, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, IX/1 (2011), pp. 156-162.

Review: ‘New Vistas onto the Classical-Romantic Keyboard Repertory’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXIX/1 (2011), pp. 134-138.

Review: ‘Anniversary Reflections: Chopin, Schumann and Schumann’s Circle’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXVIII/4 (2011), pp. 627-631.

Review: Leopold Kozeluh (1747-1818), edited by Christopher Hogwood, Complete Sonatas for Keyboard, vol. 1, in: Eighteenth-Century Music, IX/1 (2011), pp. 140-142.

Review: ‘Mozart Early and Late’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXVIII/2 (2010), pp. 319-324.

Review: Howard Shelley. Muzio Clementi: Complete Piano Sonatas, vols. 1-3 (Hyperion), in:  Eighteenth-Century Music, VI/2 (2009), pp. 283-287.  

Review: ‘Fresh Perspectives on Familiar Beethoven’ (CD review), in: Early Music, XXXVII/2 (2009), pp. 341-344.

Review: Mark Kroll. Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician’s Life and World. Lanham, MD-Toronto-Plymouth: The Scarecrow Press, 2008, in: Eighteenth-Century Music, VI/2 (2009), pp. 260-264.

Review: David Wyn Jones. The Symphony in Beethoven’s Vienna. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, VII/1 (2009).

Review: Leslie Ritchie. Women Writing Music in Late Eighteenth-Century England: Social Harmony in Literature and Performance. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, VII/2 (2009), pp. 211-215.

Review: David Gramit (ed.). Beyond The Art of Finger Dexterity: Reassessing Carl Czerny (Eastman Studies in Music). New York, University of Rochester Press, and Woodbridge: Boydell, 2008, in Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, VI/2 (2008), pp. 155-160.

Review: Jeremy Dibble. John Stainer: A Life in Music (Music in Britain, 1600-1900), Boydell, Woodbridge, 2007, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music VI/1 (2008), pp. 109-114.

Review:  William Sterndale Bennett. Lectures on Musical Life, edited by Nicholas Temperley with Yunghung Yang, (British Music 1600-1900), Boydell, Woodbridge, 2006, in Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music V/2 (2007).

Review:  Richard Will. The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music V/1.

Review:  Muzio Clementi, Symphonoy No. 1 in C major (WO 32), edited by Manuel De Col and Massimiliano Sala. Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2003 (Muzio Clementi: Opera Omnia, Vol. 56), in: Eighteenth-Century Music, III/1 (2006).

Review:  Susan Wollenberg and Simon McVeigh (ed).. Concert Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, III/6 (2005), pp. 21-26.

Review:  Philip Olleson. Samuel Wesley: The Man and his Music. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2003, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, III/5 (2005), pp. 69-78.

Review:  John Michael Cooper. Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony. Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press (Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure), 2003, in: Music & Letters, LXXXVI/1 (2005), pp. 129-135.

Review: Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Twelve Select Overtures, ed. Mark Kroll. ‘Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’, 35. Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 2003, in: Music & Letters, LXXXV/4 (2004), pp. 688-690.

Review:  Anselm Gerhard. London und der Klassizusmus in der Musik: Die Idee der ‘absoluten Musik’ und Muzio Clementis Klavierwerke. Metzler, Stuttgart, and Weimar: 2002, in Music &Letters, LXXXV/3 (2004), pp. 445-449.

Review:  Cipriani Potter. Symphony in G minor, ed. Julian Rushton. Musica Britannica, 77. London: Stainer & Bell, 2001, in: Music & Letters, LXXXV/1 (2004), pp. 159-163.

Review Christina Bashford and Leanne Langley (ed.). Music and British Culture, 1785-1914: Essays in Honour of Cyril Ehrlich. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, II/1 (2003), pp. 143-147.

Conference Report: Muzio Clementi: Cosmopolita della Musica. Rome, 4-6 December, 2002, in: Eighteenth-Century Music, I/1 (2004), pp. 129-133.

Notes: for the Programme of the Festival van Vlaanderen, Mechelen, 7 September-26 October, 2007. ‘Beethoven’ (pp. 64-71), translated into Flemish by Rebecca Diependaele.

Journal Articles & Short Articles

Journal Articles & Short Articles
Posted by on Jul 1, 2012

‘Developmental Recession’ and Large-Scale Teleology in the Sonata-Type Movements of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’. Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, VII/2 (2009), pp. 71-114.

‘The Role of the Orchestra in the Violin Concertos of Nicolo Paganini’. Short article for the programme of the Festival di Carro Paganiniano, Summer 2009, pp. 88-100.

‘The Treatment of the Sonata Principle and the Cultivation of “Cyclic” Processes in the Symphonies of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, VI/2 (2008), pp. 69-144.

‘Clementi’s Orchestral Works, their Style and British Symphonism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century: S. Wesley, Crotch, Macfarren, Potter and Sterndale Bennett’. Revised and expanded version of the paper presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, 5-8 July, 2007. Forthcoming in Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, V/2 (2007), pp. 7-72*.

‘Elements of ‘Through-Composition’ in the Violin Concertos Nos. 23 and 27 by Giovanni Battista Viotti’. Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, IV/1 (2006), pp. 99-132*.

‘The Undiscovered Flight Paths of the “Musical Bee”: New Light on Hummel’s Musical Quotations’. Eighteenth-Century Music, III/1 (2006), pp. 7-34.

‘Canonic Passages in the Later Piano Sonatas of Muzio Clementi: Their Structural and Expressive Roles’. Ad Parnassum: A Journal for Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, I/1 (2003), pp. 56-104.

Conference Papers

Conference Papers
Posted by on Jul 1, 2012

‘Linear Coherence and Teleology in Boccherini’s Symphonic Development Sections and Four-Movement Cycles’. Paper presented at the First International Conference in Lucca: Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), Lucca, 1-3 December, 2011.

‘Chopin and the Eighteenth Century’. Keynote Address presented at the conference Chopin and Liszt: Two Composers and their Relation to the Parisian Musical Scene, Lucca , Palazzo Ducale, 2-4 December, 2010.

‘Traces of “Englishness” in the Solo Piano Sonatas of Jan Ladislav Dussek and his British-Based Contemporaries: Remote-Key Digressions and the “English Slow-Movement” Topic’. Paper presented at the Royal Musical Association Dent Medal Study Day in Honour of W. Dean Sutcliffe, London, Institute of Musical Research, 27 November 2010.

‘Improvisation into Composition: The First movement of the Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 81, by Johann Nepomuk Hummel’. Paper presented at the conference Beyond Notes: Improvisation in Western Music in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia, 15-17 July 2010.

‘Thematic Processes and Episodic Discontinuity in the First Movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 6: An Analytical Investigation’. Paper presented at the conference Nicolo Paganini: Diabolus in Musica, Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia, 16-18 July, 2009.

‘Clementi’s Orchestral Works, their Stylistic Characteristics and the Notion of a ‘British Symphonic Tradition’ at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century’. Paper presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, 5-8 July, 2007.

‘Clementi, the Market Place and the Cultivation of a British Identity during the Early Industrial Revolution’. Paper presented at the conference Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution, Biblioteca Statale and Sala Perari (Museo Civico ‘Ala Ponzone’), Cremona, 1-3 July, 2006.

‘The Faces of Parnassus: Towards a New Reception of Muzio Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum’.  Paper presented at the Fifth Biennial International Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Nottingham, 7-10 July, 2005.

‘Progressive Elements in Viotti’s “London” Concertos Nos. 23 and 27’. Paper presented at the Fifth Biennial International Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Nottingham, 7-10 July, 2005.

‘Death, Abandonment and Chaos: Two Programmatic Sonatas by Muzio Clementi and Jan Ladislav Dussek’. Paper presented at the conference: Music and Death in the Eighteenth Century, King’s College, London, 8-9 February, 2003.

‘Canon in Clementi’s Later Keyboard Sonatas’. Paper presented at the conference: Muzio Clementi: Cosmopolita della musica. Atti del onvegno internazionale in occasione del 250° anniversario della nascita (1752-2002), Rome, 4-6 December, 2002.

‘The Concept of Late Classicism Re-Considered; and some Gothic Literary Parallels. Paper presented at the conference: Eighteenth-Century Music, King’s College, London, 1-2 December, 2001.

‘Shades of a Fantastic “Other” Within Music of the Later Classical Period and Parallels with the Literature of the Gothic Revival’, Music Research Seminar, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, 2000.

‘Stretched Ligaments and Eating Disorders: Clementi, Hummel and Dussek as Exponents of the Late  Classical Style’. Paper presented at the One-Day Conference of Research Students from King’s College, London, Oxford  and Cambridge Universities, King’s College, London, 13 March, 1998.

Repertory

Repertory
Posted by on May 1, 2012

Solo Repertory

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 7

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Sonata in F major, Op. 10, no. 2

Muzio Clementi, ‘Scena Patetica’ from Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44, vol. II

Muzio Clementi, Sonata in G minor, Op. 7, no. 3

Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 5, no. 3

Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 44 (‘The Farewell’)

Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 75

Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata in F minor, Op. 77 (‘l’Invocation’)

César Franck, Prelude Chaconne et Fugue

Joseph Haydn, Sonata in F major No. 44

Joseph Haydn, Sonata in E-flat major No. 59 (‘Genzinger’)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 81

 

Concertos

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456

Reviews

Reviews
Posted by on Apr 1, 2012

Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald […] stellt in einem kristallklaren Aufsatz das auffällige Phänomen kanonischer Abschnitte in Clementis späteren Sonaten entsprechenden Werken von Haydn, Dussek und Mozart gegenüber. Er zeigt auf stringente Weise, dass dieses satztechnische Mittel, für das Clementi viel und harsch gescholten wurde […], zum einen besondere personalstilistische Eigenheiten aufweist: seine Kanon-Passagen sind weniger Ausweis für Gelehrtheit als Experimentierfeld. Zum anderen erfüllen sie gerade aufgrund ihrer besonderen Anlage zentrale dramaturgisch-strukturelle Funktionen im Satzganzen.

Christoph Flamm: review of Stewart-MacDonald, Rohan H. ‘Canon in Clementi’s Later Piano Sonatas’ (in:  Muzio Clementi. Cosmopolita della Musica. Atti del convegno internazionale in occasione del 250 anniversario della nascita (1752-1832). Roma 4-6 dicembre 2002, Bologna, Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2004 (Quaderni Clementiani 1)), in: Ad Parnassum: A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, iii/5 (April 2005), p. 85.

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Stewart-MacDonald’s book is a substantial and welcome addition to a fine recent wave of scholarly activity on behalf of that complex, in many ways enigmatic composer, Muzio Clementi. […] There is much to admire in Clementi’s music. He deserves a much better hearing than our century – now already distinctly a ‘long century’ – has given him. Stewart-MacDonald’s book, in its patient, detailed, and often convincing advocacy for the late works, gives us yet more reason to think this is so.

Leon Plantinga: review of Stewart-MacDonald, Rohan H.  New Perspectives on the Keyboard Sonatas of Muzio Clementi, Bologna, Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2006 (Quaderni Clementiani 2), in:  Ad Parnassum: A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, iv/8 (October 2006).

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La relazione fra Clementi e Scarlatti è alla base dello scritto di Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald […] anche se sarebbe meglio dire che essa forma una sorta di conclusione aperta del saggio e del libro. L’articolo, attraverso un’articolazione chiara e definita, approfondisce il ruolo del modo minore nella musica strumentale del XVIII secolo. È stato interessante scoprire che, a differenza di quello maggiore, il modo minore fosse sentito come il luogo in cui esprimersi attraverso stilemi e tecniche compositive considerate non moderne (come ad esempio il passaggio in contrappunto stretto, canoni, fughe… ricordiamo la Messa da Requiem in Re minore KV. 626 di Mozart, giusto per citare un capolavoro).

Andrea Barizza: review of Stewart-MacDonald, Rohan H. ‘The Minor Mode as Archaic Signifier in the Solo Keyboard Works of Domenico Scarlatti and Muzio Clementi’ (in: Domenico Scarlatti Adventures: Essays to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of His Death, edited by W. Dean Sutcliffe and Massimiliano Sala. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Ad Parnassum Studies 4), 2007, pp. 401-443), in: Il Rigo Musicale, vi/27 (January 2009).

CD and Programme Notes

CD and Programme Notes
Posted by on Feb 2, 2012

‘Clementi Sonatas Opp. 3, 4, 14 & 36′, Sergio Lorenzi and Gino Gorini
(piano). Newton Classics NC8802150/1-3

‘Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812): Opera per Pianoforte’, Luca Palazzolo
(pianoforte). Newton Classics NC8802127, 2012

Contact

Contact
Posted by on Jan 3, 2012