Peter Bennett joined the Department of Music in 2005, and has research and performance interests in the 16th – 18th centuries. He holds a B.A/M.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, an M.Mus. in Historical Musicology from King’s College, London, and a D.Phil. in Music from Oxford University with a dissertation on early 17th-century French sacred music. His research now centers on the music and institutions associated with Louis XIII’s Paris, focusing in particular on the intersection of religion, politics, and wider intellectual history. Bennett has given papers at international conferences in the UK, France, Spain, and the USA, and his recent publications include: Sacred repertories in Paris under Louis XIII (Royal Musical Association Monographs, 2009); Antoine Boesset, Complete sacred music (2 vols, A.R. Editions, 2010); and “Collaborations between the Musique de la Chambre and the Musique de la Chapelle at the court of Louis XIII: Nicolas Formé’s Æternae Henrici Magni (1638) and the origins of the grand motet” (Early Music, August 2010). Current projects include a monograph provisionally entitled Music, Liturgy and Absolutism in Early Modern France: Hearing King David at the courts of Henri III, Henri IV, and Louis XIII.
Bennett is also active as a performer. He is Head of Harpsichord at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he maintains a studio of mainly graduate harpsichord students, and is active in Cleveland as a continuo player, most notably with Apollo’s Fire. He is also director (1996-2002 and 2013-) of Ensemble Dumont (ensembledumont.org), a consort of singers, viols, and continuo, with whom he has appeared in the UK and Europe, performing at the Bruges and Innsbruck Early Music Festivals, the MDR-Sommer Festival, and the Wigmore Hall, London, and broadcast on the BBC, RAI (Italy), MDR/SWR (Germany), and R3 (Belgium). He records exclusively for Linn Records (linnrecords.com) and his discs have received accolades from Gramophone Magazine (Editor’s Choice and Critics’ Choice) and Diapason, France (5*): future projects include CDs of music by Antoine Boesset and Eustache du Caurroy.
Historical Performance Practice, Musicology