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Department of Music


Professor Jeremy Dibble, PhD (So'ton), MA (Cantab)

Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43158
Room number: 001, Main Building

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Jeremy Dibble studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge (with Philip Radcliffe, Richard Marlow, Peter le Huray and Robin Holloway) and at Southampton University (with Peter Evans). Before he was appointed as a lecturer at Durham in 1993, he was a lecturer in music at University College, Cork. He teaches courses in harmony and counterpoint, musicianship, nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, and includes special topics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English song, Brahms, Britten's Chamber Operas and at MA level, Victorian hymnody. In 2010 the Royal School of Church Music awarded him a Fellowship (FRSCM) for services to church music and, in 2013, he was awarded a Fellowship (FGCM) by the Guild of Church Musicians.

Jeremy Dibble’s research specialisms lie in British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, an area which includes not only composer studies, but also musical criticism and aesthetics, church music, hymnology, song, light music, opera and instrumental music. He is best known for his monographs C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (Oxford: OUP, 1992 rev. 1998) and Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician (Oxford: OUP, 2002), John Stainer: A Life in Music (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007), Michele Esposito (Dublin: Field Day Press, 2010) and for his edition of Parry’s Violin Sonatas for Musica Britannica (Vol. LXXX, 2003). He has also edited, with Bennett Zon, Volume 2 of Ashgate’s Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies (2002), and is musical editor of the forthcoming Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (with Dick Watson); he has also contributed numerous essays to books including ‘Dannreuther and the Orme Square Phenomenon’ for British Music and Culture (eds. Bashford and Langley, 2000), ‘Elgar and his British Contemporaries’ to the Cambridge Companion to Elgar (eds. Rushton and Grimley, 2005), and Chapter 8, ‘Musical Trends and the Western Church: A Collision of the Ancient and Modern’, for Cambridge University Press’s World Christianities. He has contributed many articles on British composers to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the revised Oxford Companion to Music, the new edition of Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Thoemmes’ Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers and Grolier’s Encyclopaedia of the Victorian Era.He is presently preparing an edition of Parry’s Piano Trios for Musica Britannica. He has also completed numerous editions for the RSCM Press.

In 2011 he participated in the national symposium to mark the 150th anniversary of Hymns Ancient & Modern, and his paper formed part of subsequent publication Hymns Ancient & Modern and Henry Williams Baker: A Herefordshire Vicar and His Hymn Book (2012).

In October 2013 his study of Hamilton Harty is being published by Boydell, as a companion to his earlier book on Michele Esposito (Field Day) of 2010. Also coming to fruition in 2013 is the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology in which he has worked as musical editor. This is a major international project which seeks substantially to replace John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, last published in 1907. Julian's Dictionary largely concerned itself with literature and poetry; this new publication, on the other hand, while retaining its strong literary, historical and theological content, will have a strong musical dimension. The Dictionary will initially be available online.

In 2012 he contributed two papers to international conferences in Paris and London on Frederick Delius; he is now researching on a more extended study of Delius and his musical style.

Professor Dibble has for many years worked closely with commercial recording labels such as Hyperion, Chandos, Dutton, Herald, EMI, SOMM etc and has done much to promulgate the results of his research with leading performers and orchestras. His recent work has involved an edition of Stanford's Piano Quartet No. 2 Op. 133 with the Gould Trio for Naxos, editions of Harty's Piano Quintet Op. 12 and two string quartets Opp. 1 and 5 for Hyperion, and editions of Parry's Magnificat, Coronation Te Deum and 'England' for Chandos and the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. He also worked closely with the Ireland Trust in a recording of Ireland's church with Naxos. He has also made orchestrations of extracts of Parry's unpublished opera Guenever and Ivor Gurney's song cycle Lights Out for the BBC Concert Orchestra with the Dutton label. In March 2012 his orchestration of Stanford's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor was premiered by the Durham University Orchestral Society in Durham Cathedral and will be recorded commercially in 2014. He is presently editing Harty's incidental theatre music, some of Stanford's string quartets and quintets (for a recording project), and an orchestration of Stanford's late cantata Merlin and the Gleam.

Current and recent supervision of research projects has included: the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Frederic Cowen, Hamish MacCunn, William Gillies Whittaker, Archibald Potter, Elgar and Wagner, Eric Coates, Chopin in England and Scotland, Poulenc's a cappella sacred works, the music of Josip Slavenski, the history of the Royal College of Music 1883-1918, Tractarian hymnody, the Symphonies of John Kinsella, the music of E. J. Moeran, Thomas Tertius Noble and the choir of St Thomas, New York, the concerted works of Herbert Howells, the role of the organ in nineteenth-century church music, the influence of Brahms in British music and the choral works of Gerald Finzi.

In 2011 he received an Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision from Durham University.

Research Interests

  • British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • British musical criticism
  • Church music

Selected Publications

Articles: magazine

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

Edited sources

  • Dibble, JC (2011). 'Hail, gladdening light'' (anthem) Charles Wood. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, JC (2010). Communion Service in C Op. 115 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble J C (2010). Morning Service in C Op. 115 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J.C. (2006). An Anthology of Edwardian Carols. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dibble JC (2004). A Stanford Anthology. Anthem and Motet Collections from OUP. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2004). Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A Op. 12 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2004). Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D minor Thomas Attwood Walmisley. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2004). Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G Op. 81 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble JC (2003). Hubert Parry: Sonatas for Violin and Pianoforte. Music Britannica. London: Stainer & Bell.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). 'I was glad' (Coronation Anthem) C. Hubert H. Parry. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). 'Lighten our darkness' (anthem) Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). Magnficat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat (1877) John Stainer. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C Op. 115 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). Magnificat and Nuncu Dimittis in B flat Op. 10 Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.
  • Dibble, J C (2002). Pater Noster (motet) Charles Villiers Stanford. RSCM Press.

Essays in edited volumes

  • Dibble, Jeremy (2013). 'Hidden Artifice': Howells as Song-Writer. In The Music of Herbert Howells. Cooke, Phillip & Maw, David Boydell & Brewer. 62-85.
  • Dibble, JC (2012). 'Venice and Opera'. In Venice and the Cultural Imagination. O Neill, M, Sandy, M & Wootton, S Pickering & Chatto. 43-77.
  • Dibble, JC (2011). The Church Music of John Ireland. In The John Ireland Companion. Foreman, L. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer. 232-254.
  • Dibble JC (2006). 'Musical Trends and the Western Church: a Collision of the Ancient and Modern'. In World Christianities c.1815-c.1914. Gilley S & Stanley B Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 8: 121-135.
  • Dibble, J.C. (2006). Charles Villiers Stanford, Music Education and the Concepts of 'Musica Prattica' and 'Musica Theoretica'. In On Bunker's Hill: Festschrift for Bunker Clark. Everett, W. & Laird, P. Lawrence, Kansas, USA:

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