New publication by Dr Estelle Murphy on musical reuse and revision in the Baroque Period

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 12:15

In 1701–1702 writer and poet Peter Anthony Motteux collaborated with composer John Eccles, Master of the King's Musick, in writing the ode for King William III's birthday. The king died before the ode was performed and so the work was revised to suit his successor, Queen Anne. Dr Estelle Murphy’s article investigates the extent of this revision using various forms of paper and hand-writing analyses and determines the correct date of its original composition. The article asks questions about the creative process and explores the problems of textual versus musical authority embodied in the ode, highlighted when its creators were tasked with undertaking such a revision.

The article can be accessed online, HERE: