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Matthew Spring

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Personal statement

Born in Tanzania, Matthew then attended schools in West Cornwall. After 13 years in University Education including a gap year in the USA (Sarah Lawrence College) and a doctorate at Oxford University, he has enjoyed a career as a music researcher, performer and lecturer.

Several part time lecturing posts (at London Guildhall Univeristy and De Montford Universtiy, and Associate Lectureships at Birmingham University and at Bath Spa University) later, Matthew became full time at Bath Spa in 2003.

Matthew has a very active career as a performer on the lute and other associated early musical instruments, and has appeared on over 50 CD recordings. He is an active researcher of early music with a special interest in lute music.

His first book (published by Oxford University Press) was the first published attempt to write a history of lute. This book was awarded the Bessabov Prize for best book on musical instruments published in the years 2000-01 and was awarded by the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) in 2003.

His edition of "The Balcarres Lute" was published by the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow in 2010. Recent books and articles have been on the Lute in the Netherlands in the Seventeenth Century, and on social and commercial aspects of the Music in Bath.

Matthew has developed interests in World Music.

Academic qualifications

  • MMus London University
  • BA Keele University
  • DPhil Oxford University.

Professional qualifications

  • Diploma in Early Music, Royal College of Music
  • Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM)
  • Diploma in Pro-Music Performance (LTCL).

Professional memberships

  • Member of Higher Education Academy
  • Committee Member of the William Herschel Society
  • Committee Member of the Lute Society
  • Member of the Performing Rights Society
  • Committee Member of Chombec, Corresponding Member of Chombec for Bath Spa
  • Member of the Annual Conference on Music in 18th-Century Britain
  • Past member of the advisory committee to the Early Music Network and National Early Music Association (NEMA)
  • Member of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain
  • Member of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)
  • Member of the Galpin Society
  • Member of European Association of Dance Historians (EADH)
  • Member of North America British Music Studies Association (NABSMA)
  • Member of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS).

Research and academic outputs

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The lute in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century: proceedings of the International Lute Symposium, Utrecht, 30 August 2013
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Burgers, J.W.J, Crawford, T and Spring, M, eds. (2016) The lute in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century: proceedings of the International Lute Symposium, Utrecht, 30 August 2013. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, ix. ISBN 9781443890755


The Balcarres lute book
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Spring, M (2010) The Balcarres lute book. Music of Scotland . Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, Glasgow. ISBN 9780852618462


The lute in Britain: a history of the lute and its music
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Spring, M (2001) The lute in Britain: a history of the lute and its music. Oxford Early Music Series . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-816620-6


Introduction: the lute in the Netherlands in the 17th century
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Burgers, J, Crawford, T and Spring, M (2016) 'Introduction: the lute in the Netherlands in the 17th century.' In: Burgers, J.W.J, Crawford, T and Spring, M, eds. The lute in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century: proceedings of the International Lute Symposium, Utrecht, 30 August 2013. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, ix. ISBN 9781443890755


"A goose among swans": the connections and correspondence between Jacques Gaultier and Constantijn Huygens
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Spring, M (2016) '"A goose among swans": the connections and correspondence between Jacques Gaultier and Constantijn Huygens.' In: Burgers, J.W.J, Crawford, T and Spring, M, eds. The lute in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century: proceedings of the International Lute Symposium, Utrecht, 30 August 2013. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 120-141. ISBN 9781443890755


The musical life of Bath, 1800-1850
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Spring, M (2016) 'The musical life of Bath, 1800-1850.' In: Temperley, N, ed. The musicians of Bath and beyond: Edward Loder (1809-1865) and his family. Boydell & Brewer, Martlesham, pp. 24-41. ISBN 9781783270781


The Fleming Family’s dance school at Bath 1750-1800
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Spring, M (2015) 'The Fleming Family’s dance school at Bath 1750-1800.' In: Segal, B and Tuck, W, eds. Ballroom, stage and village green: contexts for early dance. Early Dance Circle, Orcheston. ISBN 9870955353260


Henry VIII: his musical contribution and posthumous reputation
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Spring, M (2009) 'Henry VIII: his musical contribution and posthumous reputation.' In: Rankin, M, Highley, C and King, J, eds. Henry VIII and his Afterlives: Literature, politics and art. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 190-207. ISBN 9780521514644


The Development of French Lute Style 1600-1650
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Spring, M (2005) 'The Development of French Lute Style 1600-1650.' In: Wainwright, Jonathan and Holman, Peter, eds. From Renaissance to Baroque. Ashgate, pp. 173-190. ISBN 0-7546-0403-9


'Robert Johnson', 'Cuthbert Hely', 'Thomas Mace', 'John Rogers' and 'Robert Kindersley'
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Spring, M (2004) ''Robert Johnson', 'Cuthbert Hely', 'Thomas Mace', 'John Rogers' and 'Robert Kindersley'.' In: The new grove dictionary of music and musicians, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. ISBN 9780195170672


Jenkin's lute music: an approach to reconstructing the lost multitudes of lute lessons
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Spring, M (1996) 'Jenkin's lute music: an approach to reconstructing the lost multitudes of lute lessons.' In: Ashbee, A and Holman, P, eds. John Jenkins and his time: studies in English consort music. Clarendon Press, Oxford, pp. 309-324. ISBN 9780198164616


'Lutes' and 'Viols'
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Spring, M (1994) ''Lutes' and 'Viols'.' In: The golden age. Hoogsteder and Hoogsteder, The Hague. ISBN 9066304707


Solo music for tablature instruments
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Spring, M (1992) 'Solo music for tablature instruments.' In: Spink, I, ed. The Blackwell history of music in Britain: the seventeenth century. Blackwell History of Music . Blackwell's, Oxford, pp. 367-406. ISBN 9780631165187


Bath’s Grand Gala Concerts, a combination of pleasures ‘after the manner of Vauxhall’
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Spring, M (2018) 'Bath’s Grand Gala Concerts, a combination of pleasures ‘after the manner of Vauxhall’.' Bath History Journal, XV. (Forthcoming)


Beyond the choreography - social dance in context in Georgian Bath
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Spring, M (2017) 'Beyond the choreography - social dance in context in Georgian Bath.' Choreologica, 8 (1). pp. 41-62. ISSN 1746-5737


Benjamin Milgrove, the musical 'Toyman' and the 'Guittar' in Bath 1757-1790
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Spring, M (2013) 'Benjamin Milgrove, the musical 'Toyman' and the 'Guittar' in Bath 1757-1790.' Early Music, 41 (2). pp. 317-329. ISSN 0306-1078


Music Shops and the Music Trade in Georgian Bath
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Spring, M (2013) 'Music Shops and the Music Trade in Georgian Bath.' Brio, 50 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 0007-0173


The music and musicians of Bath’s eighteenth-century Proprietary Chapels
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Spring, M (2012) 'The music and musicians of Bath’s eighteenth-century Proprietary Chapels.' CHOMBEC News (13). ISSN 1751-3308


The Balcarres lute book, a modern edition and some new biographical information
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Spring, M (2011) 'The Balcarres lute book, a modern edition and some new biographical information.' Lute News (97).


The vihuela songs of Alonso Mudarra
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Spring, M (2010) 'The vihuela songs of Alonso Mudarra.' Lute News (96).


Musical instruments in the Horniman Museum
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Spring, M (2006) 'Musical instruments in the Horniman Museum.' NEMA Yearbook. pp. 30-35.


The English lute 'fantasia-style' and the music of Cuthbert Hely
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Spring, M (1996) 'The English lute 'fantasia-style' and the music of Cuthbert Hely.' Chelys, 25. pp. 65-77. ISSN 0952-8407


The Balcarres manuscript
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Spring, M (1992) 'The Balcarres manuscript.' The Lute, 32. ISSN 0952-0759


Lecture recital for the 250th anniversary of the death of Nicolas Lanier, 'First Master of the King’s Musick'
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Spring, M (2016) Lecture recital for the 250th anniversary of the death of Nicolas Lanier, 'First Master of the King’s Musick'. In: The Lutes Society 60th Birthday Meeting, 10 September 2016, London Art Workers Guild, London, UK.


The retail music trade in Victorian Bath
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Spring, M (2016) The retail music trade in Victorian Bath. In: BAVS 2016: Consuming (the) Victorians, 31 August - 2 September 2016, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.


Thomas Linley the Elder’s struggle for musical hegemony in Bath 1756-76
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Spring, M (2016) Thomas Linley the Elder’s struggle for musical hegemony in Bath 1756-76. In: NABMSA Biennial Conference, 4 -7 August 2016, Syracuse University, NY, USA.


The social and economic transformation of concert life in Bath in the decade of the 1750s – the socio-economic background of music professionals in the 18th century
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Spring, M (2016) The social and economic transformation of concert life in Bath in the decade of the 1750s – the socio-economic background of music professionals in the 18th century. In: British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS) 45th Annual Conference, 5 - 6 January 2016, St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.


'Signor Humbuggo Scrapissimo', the ‘little Adventurer of the day’: the career of Guiseppe and Christina Passerini in Bath and Bristol 1753-1758
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Spring, M (2015) 'Signor Humbuggo Scrapissimo', the ‘little Adventurer of the day’: the career of Guiseppe and Christina Passerini in Bath and Bristol 1753-1758. In: Thirty-First Annual Conference on Music in Eighteenth Century Britain, 27 November 2015, The Foundling Museum, London, UK.


The transformation of Bath's music trade 1780-1830
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Spring, M (2015) The transformation of Bath's music trade 1780-1830. In: Muzio Clementi and the British Musical Scene: 1780-1830, 24 - 26 November 2015, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca, Italy.


Bath's grand gala concerts, a combination of pleasure 'after the manner of Vauxhall'
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Spring, M (2013) Bath's grand gala concerts, a combination of pleasure 'after the manner of Vauxhall'. In: Georgian Pleasures, 12 September - 13 September 2013, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute & The Holburne Museum, Bath.


The pipe and tabor tradition in Mallorca
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Spring, M (2013) The pipe and tabor tradition in Mallorca. In: International Pipe and Tabor Festival, 6 September - 8 September 2013, Gloucester.


New insight on the Huygens/Gaultier correspondence
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Spring, M (2013) New insight on the Huygens/Gaultier correspondence. In: Utrecht Early Music Festival, 23 September - 1 August 2013, Utrecht.


The bass viol in the mixed consort
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Spring, M (2013) The bass viol in the mixed consort. In: Galpin Society Conference, 25-29 July 2013, Oxford, UK.


The composition of the songs of Alonso Mudarra in the third book of 'Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela' (1546)
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Spring, M (2012) The composition of the songs of Alonso Mudarra in the third book of 'Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela' (1546). In: Medren 2012, 8 July - 11 July 2012, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.


18th-century music in Bath
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Spring, M (2011) 18th-century music in Bath. In: CHOMBEC lectures & the Music Research Seminar Series, 3 May 2011, Victoria's Room, Victoria Rooms, Bristol, England.


The provision of outside music in the walks and gardens of Georgian Bath
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Spring, M (2011) The provision of outside music in the walks and gardens of Georgian Bath. In: Conference on Cosmopolitanism and Culture, 21 October - 22 October 2011.


John Case - The Musical World of an Oxford Theorist.
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Spring, M (2004) John Case - The Musical World of an Oxford Theorist. In: Aesthetics and Musical Practice: Proceedings of the International Conference of the Cyprus Musicological Society.


The medieval gittern
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Spring, M (1997) The medieval gittern. In: Lute Society Day.


Shakespeare in Georgian Bath
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Spring, M (2016) Shakespeare in Georgian Bath. In: Bath Music Festival, Old Theatre Royal, Bath, UK, 22 May 2016.


Catalan Christmas music
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Spring, M (2012) Catalan Christmas music. In: In Tune, BBC, London, 18 December 2012.


Sounding the universe: six centuries of music and space
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Spring, M (2011) Sounding the universe: six centuries of music and space. In: Peninsula Arts Chamber Music Series, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, 8 October 2011.


Music from a Tudor court
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Spring, M and Sayce, L (2011) Music from a Tudor court.


Music from the Balcarres Manuscript, Scottish lute music c.1700
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Spring, M (2011) Music from the Balcarres Manuscript, Scottish lute music c.1700.


A pageant of medieval music
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Spring, M (2009) A pageant of medieval music.


Gentile spiritus: lute trios and Spanish songs from the Segovia Codex
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Spring, M (2006) Gentile spiritus: lute trios and Spanish songs from the Segovia Codex.


Out of the Orient
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Spring, M (2004) Out of the Orient.


A minstrel's musicke
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Spring, M (2003) A minstrel's musicke.


The complete music of Henry VIII: all goodly sports
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Spring, M (1998) The complete music of Henry VIII: all goodly sports.


Stuart age music: tunes from troubled times
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Spring, M (1996) Stuart age music: tunes from troubled times.


Court jesters: music from the court of Henry VIII
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Spring, M (1996) Court jesters: music from the court of Henry VIII.


The cradle of the Renaissance: Italian music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci
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Spring, M (1995) The cradle of the Renaissance: Italian music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci.


Bold, fearless and rash: music from the courts of Burgundy 1363-1477
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Spring, M (1994) Bold, fearless and rash: music from the courts of Burgundy 1363-1477.


Pastorales: French court and peasant music from 1650-1750
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Spring, M (1994) Pastorales: French court and peasant music from 1650-1750.


Spanish & Portuguese vihuela songs
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Spring, M (1993) Spanish & Portuguese vihuela songs.


Edition of the songs of Alonso Mudarra (1546)
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Spring, M (2012) Edition of the songs of Alonso Mudarra (1546).


Vincenzo Galilei, 'Le gagliarde dal Libro d'intavo-latura de liuto' and Giovanni Terzi, 'The Lute Fantasias' [book review]
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Spring, M (2004) Vincenzo Galilei, 'Le gagliarde dal Libro d'intavo-latura de liuto' and Giovanni Terzi, 'The Lute Fantasias' [book review]. Music and Letters, 85 (1). pp. 152-153. ISSN 1477-4631


Entries on Robert Johnson and Jacques Gaultier. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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Spring, M (2004) Entries on Robert Johnson and Jacques Gaultier. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


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