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David Rowland

David Rowland is Professor of Music and Director of Taught Postgraduate at The Open University. He was Dean of Arts from 2007 to 2014. As a performer on the harpsichord, organ and early piano, his early research was on the performance history of early keyboard instruments. He then became interested in the relationship between music and commerce and has published extensively on the way in which composers and publishers relate to the markets, especially in late Georgian England. His work shows that composers were far from autonomous beings, composing according to the demands of their audiences and those who paid them. More recently he has lead a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which aims to gather evidence of personal listening and to incorporate those accounts into the Listening Experience Database (see the project’s website http://www.listeningexperience.org/). Analysis of these accounts reveals much about the way in which people have listened to music of many types and in a variety of historical periods.

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