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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Professor David Greer, MA (Oxon), MusD (Dublin), FRSA

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Before coming to the Chair of Music at Durham in 1986 I taught at Birmingham University, Queen's University Belfast, and Newcastle University. I have also spent time in America on visiting fellowships. My publications cover topics from the late fifteenth to the twentieth century, but my main focus has been on English music of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, including editions by Dowland and others of that time. I have always had an interest in relationships between music and literature, and my articles have been published in literary as well as musical journals. After retiring from full-time teaching in 2001 I continued working part-time in the Music Department until I was 70. Since then I have devoted myself entirely to research and publication, work which has benefited from further fellowships at the Huntington Library in California and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

As a university teacher I taught almost everything in the syllabus, from analysis to fugue, from Gregorian chant to Stravinsky. I also supervised PhD students and ran an MA course in Research Techniques. Earlier in my career I was active in university music making. At Birmingham, as well directing an early music group, I conducted modern music by composers such as Webern, Varèse and Stravinsky, and performances of new works. In Belfast and Newcastle I conducted the University Orchestra and Choir, and was a regular guest conductor with the Ulster Orchestra.

Last year (2015) saw the publication of my book Manuscript Inscriptions in Early English Printed Music, a study of the multifarious ways in which early owners used their copies, based on a study of the markings they made in them (Awarded the 2016 C.B. Oldman Prize by the International Association of Music Libraries). And this year, in celebration of Shakespeare's quater-centenary, I have brought out Seven Songs from the Age of Shakespeare, hitherto unpublished songs which I found in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.


1. '"What if a day": an examination of the words and music', Music and Letters, 43 (1962), 304-19
2. (ed.) John Adson: Three Courtly Masquing Ayres (Schott & Co., London, 1963)
3. 'An early setting of lines from "Venus and Adonis"', Music and Letters, 45 (1964), 126-9
4. (ed.) '"O, let us howl, some heavy note": commentary and transcription', in The Duchess of Malfi, ed. John Russell Brown (Methuen, London, 1964), 210-13
5. 'Thomas Heywood's parody of a lyric by Campion', Notes and Queries, new series, 12 (1965), 333-4
6. 'The lute songs of Thomas Morley', Lute Society Journal, 8 (1966), 25-37 (and music supplement)
7. 'Campion the musician', Lute Society Journal, 9 (1967), 7-16
8. (ed., with Frederick W. Sternfeld) E.H. Fellowes, English Madrigal Verse (3rd edition, revised and enlarged, Oxford, 1967), pp. xxx, 798
9. (ed.) English Lute Songs, 1597-1632 (9 vols., Scolar Press, Menston, 1967-1971): A series of facsimile reprints issued in 9 vols and 36 parts, of which 26 ed. by D.G.: 2-13, 20-23, 26-31, 33-36
10. 'The part-songs of the English lutenists', Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association, 94 (1967-8), 97-110
11. (ed.) Claudio Monteverdi: Three Sinfonias (Orfeo) (Faber Music, London, 1968)
12. (ed.) Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon Quarti Toni (Faber Music, London, 1968)
13. (ed.) Twenty Songs from Printed Sources: The English Lute-Songs, 2nd series, 21 (Stainer & Bell, London, 1969)
14. (with K.A. Macfadyen) 'A detunable organ', The Musical Times, 110 (1969), 612-13
15. (ed., with F.W. Sternfeld), John Wilbye: Second Set of Madrigales (Scolar Press, Menston, 1972) (facsimile)
16. 'Music for Shakespeare's "Samingo": Lasso versus Anon' Shakespeare Quarterly, 23 (1972), 113-16
17. 'Songbooks 1500-1660', in New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, ed. George Watson, 1 (Cambridge, 1974), cols 1337-60
18. 'John Earsden', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, ed. Friedrich Blume, 16 (Kassel, 1974), 1
19. '"...Thou court's delight": biographical notes on Henry Noel', Lute Society Journal, 17 (1975), 49-59
20. 'A Spanish song in King Lear', English Studies, 58 (1977), 186-7
21. (ed.) Hamilton Harty: His Life and Music (Blackstaff Press, Belfast, [1978], repr., Da Capo, New York, 1980), pp. xi, 161; chap. 6, 'Dear Sir Hamilton: Letters 1915-41' by D.G.
22. (ed.) Songs from Manuscript Sources, 2 vols. (Stainer & Bell, London, 1979)
23. (ed.) Hamilton Harty: Early Memories (The Queen's University, Belfast, 1979)
24. 'Sir Hamilton Harty 1879-1941', Annual Review (The Queen's University, Belfast, 1979), 34-43
25. 'The collaboration of Cathal O'Byrne and Cahir Healy in The Lane of the Thrushes', Irish Booklore, 4 (1978-80), 109-12
26. Articles on: Air (2); Childe; Cornysh; Cowper, Robert; Hampshire, Richard; Henry VIII; Phelyppis, Thomas; Sheryngham; Smert, Richard; Stretton, Thomas; Turges, Edmund; Trouluffe, John. In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie, 20 vols. (Macmillan, London, 1980)
27. 'Two songs by William Corkine', Early Music, 11 (1983), 346-9
28. Gustav Mahler: Serenade for Voice and Wind Instruments. Instrumentation by David Greer (Boethius Press, Clarabricken, 1983)
29. 'Ulster Orchestra', in Robert R. Craven (ed.), Symphony Orchestras of the World (Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1987), 339-41
30. (ed.) Collected English Lutenist Partsongs, Musica Britannica 53-4 (Stainer & Bell, London, 1987-9), pp. xxv, 238, xxv, 246
31. 'Hamilton Harty Manuscripts', The Music Review, 47 (1988, for 1986-7), 238-52
32. Additional note and Appendix II in Thomas Morley: The First Booke of Ayres (Stainer & Bell, London, 1988)
33. 'A Dowland curiosity', The Lute, 27 (1990 for 1987), 43-4
34. 'The composition of The Children of Lir', Irish Musical Studies I, ed. Gerard Gillen and Harry White (Dublin, 1990), 74-98
35. 'Five variations on "Farewell dear loue"', The Well Enchanting Skill: Essays in Honour of Frederick W. Sternfeld, ed. John Caldwell, Edward Olleson and Susan Wollenberg (Oxford, 1990), 213-29
36. 'Manuscript additions in early printed music', Music and Letters, 72 (1991), 523-35
37. '"Sleepest or wakest thou iolly shepheard"', Shakespeare Quarterly, 43 (1992), 224-6
38. 'Vocal Music I: up to 1660', The Blackwell History of Music in Britain: the Seventeenth Century, ed. Ian Spink (Oxford, 1992), 138-74
39. 'Songbook lyrics in England's Helicon', English Studies, 74 (1993), 236-45
40. Hamilton Harty's Swansong (Belfast: The Queen's University, 1994)
41. 'Irish Music Between the Wars: the case of Hamilton Harty', Glasba med obema vojnama, ed. Primo* Kuret (Ljubljana, 1995), 254-61
42. 'Manuscript Additions in "Parthenia" and other early English printed music in America', Music and Letters, 77 (1996), 169-82
43. 'Hamilton Harty's music for bells', The Music Review 52 (1997 for 1994), 138-40
44. A Numerous and Fashionable Audience: the story of Elsie Swinton (London: Thames Publishing, 1997), xii+172
45. ‘Bach’s Cantata no. 140 and the tradition of the alba’ Muzikoloki zbornik [Musicological Annual], 33 (Ljubljana, 1997), 49-55
46. ‘Elgar in Belfast’, The Elgar Society Journal, 10 (1998), 167-76
47. Articles on: Balfe, Michael; Benedict, Julius; Harty, Hamilton; Wallace, Vincent. In The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture, ed. W.J. McCormack (Blackwell, Oxford, 1999)
48. (ed.) Musicology and Sister Disciplines: past, present, future. Proceedings of the 16th Congress of the International Musicological Society London 1997 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. xxix, 681
49. (ed.) John Dowland: Ayres for Four Voices, Musica Britannica 6 (London, Stainer & Bell, 2000), pp. xxxv, 215
50. 'Thomas Campion', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 2nd edn., ed. Ludwig Finscher, Personenteil 4, col. 46-7 (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2000)
51. Articles written or revised for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition: Air $2, Childe, William Corkine, Cornysh, Robert Cowper, John Danyel, Richard Hampshire, Henry VIII, William Leighton, Philip Rosseter, Thomas Phelyppis, Sheryngham, Richard Smert, Thomas Stretton, John Trouluffe (London, Macmillan, 2001)
52. 'Michael East', 'Edmund H. Fellowes', 'Thomas Ford', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Personenteil 6 (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2001), 2-4, 939-41, 1452-54
53. 'John Hilton, father and son', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2003), Personenteil 8, 1591-92
54. 'Robert Jones', in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2003), Personenteil 9, 1183-84
55. Articles in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. Brian Harrison (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004): John Daniel (15:69-70), John Dowland (16:782-85), Robert Dowland (16:785)
56. 'Music of Global Interest', Notes & Queries, 250 (new series 52) (2005), 216-19
57. ‘Sir Robert Ayton’s Translation of a Poem by Guarini’, Notes & Queries, 253 (2008), 225-27
58. (ed.) Nicholas Yonge: Musica Transalpina, The English Madrigalists 42 (London: Stainer & Bell, 2011), pp.xvii+302
59. Articles on William Croft, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, Hans Leo Hassler, Henry Lawes, James Nares, John Playford, Thomas Ravenscroft, Thomas Tallis, in The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, ed. J. R. Watson et al. (London: Canterbury Press, online at, 2013)
60. (with John H Robinson) ‘A Fragment of Tablature in the Marsh Library’, The Lute, 49 (2013, for 2009), 30-35
61.  Manuscript Inscriptions in Early English Printed Music (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015; also available as an ebook) pp. xx+206

62. Seven Songs from the Age of Shakespeare (Antico Edition, 2016)


Editor, Journal (formerly Proceedings) of the Royal Musical Association, 103-115 (1977-1990)

Sleeve notes

Harty, Violin Concerto, John Field Suite, Londonderry Air, Water Music, Variations on a Dublin Air: Chandos DBR 2001 (1979)
Harty, Irish Symphony, Comedy Overture: Chandos ABRD 1027 (1981)
Harty, Piano Concerto, In Ireland, With the Wild Geese: Chandos ABRD 1084 (1983)
Hamilton Harty and His Orchestral Music, booklet with Chandos DBRD 4002 (1983); repr. as Hamilton Harty: Orchestral Music, 3 booklets with CHAN 7035(3) (1996)
Harty, Comedy Overture, Fantasy Scenes (from an Eastern Romance), Piano Concerto: Naxos 8.557731 (2005)

Reviews in: Music and Letters, The Musical Times, Early Music, Theatre Research, Notes and Queries, Shakespeare Quarterly, Times Higher Education Supplement, Renaissance Quarterly, Notes

Research Interests

  • British and Irish music of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • British music of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Music and poetry