Dr David McGuinness
- Senior Lecturer in Music (Music)
Office Hours: Research Leave Semester 2
David's research interests include the historical music of Scotland, particularly 1650-1850, and the interaction of history and tradition in performance practice more generally. He is active as a performer and recording artist, especially on historical and ‘obsolete’ keyboard instruments.
David divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made thirteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire, and he has been a music producer and composer for television and radio, most notably on several seasons of E4’s teen drama series Skins. He was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions, and he is co-investigator on the current AHRC project The Edinburgh Allan Ramsay, and music editor of the forthcoming edition of Ramsay’s works for Edinburgh University Press. His most recent performance projects are What News, an album of traditional Scots ballads with singer Alasdair Roberts and sound artist Amble Skuse, and Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band, in which Concerto Caledonia plays 18th-century Scottish dance music while the audience dances the original figures.
Personal website: www.davidmcguinness.com
McGuinness, D. (2018) The problem with 'traditional'. In: McKerrell, S. and West, G. (eds.) Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity. Series: Ahsgate popular and folk music series. Routledge: London, pp. 122-138. ISBN 9781138205222
2018-2022 AHRC, Research Grant (Co-I)
The Edinburgh Works of Allan Ramsay
£121,910 (of £812,735)
PI Prof. Murray Pittock, collaboration with Temple University, Philadelphia
2019 University of Sydney/University of Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award
Performing a distant heritage: Scottish music in early Australian collections
£7599 (of £10,302)
collaboration with University of Sydney & Evergreen Ensemble, Melbourne
2019 AHRC, Follow-on Fund (Co-I)
Songs of Home & Distant Isles: Musical Soundscapes of Australia and Britain, 1787-1860
£14,519 (of £75,971)
PI Prof. Jeanice Brooks, collaboration with University of Southampton & Sydney Living Museums
2017 Creative Scotland, Open Project Fund
with Concerto Caledonia
2012-2015 AHRC, Research Grant (PI)
Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions
collaboration with University of Cambridge & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts
Purcell’s Revenge with Concerto Caledonia
2010 PRS for Music Foundation, New Works Award
Revenge of the Folksingers with Concerto Caledonia
- Adams, Christopher
Content and creation: The globally local role of the unsigned act.
- Bandy, Dorian
Melodic Embellishment in Mozart
- Bull, Andrew
The Music of the Scottish Church in the 13th and 14th Centuries
- Lee, David George
Works in Progress: Vocation, Labour, The Act of Musical Composition and Early Modern Lutheranism
- Mann, Bill
Arrival of Italian opera in London early 18C
- Markey, John
The use of music in the construction of sectarian identities in west-central Scotland
- McCartney-Moore, Alex
The Italian early 17thC toccata form and its developers G.G. Kapsberger and G. Frescobaldi.
- McGregor, Aaron
The violin in Scotland from its beginnings to 1750.
- Rozsa, Laszlo
The Art of Musical Conversation: Behavioural Attitudes in the Performance Practice of Italian Music from c. 1580-1640.
- Stutter, Joshua
Notational discrepancies in W1 as evidence for an oral transmission of thirteenth-century polyphony to Scotland
- STYLIANIDES, TIMOTHEOS
The guitar performance practice during the second and third decades of twentieth century in Spain, focusing at the musical output of Generacion del '27
- Wilkinson, Tom
Is J. S. Bach a compositional theorist?
- MMus seminars: 'Traditional music practices in 17th- and 18th-century sources'
- Music of Scotland Through the Long Eighteenth Century
- Performance Course Coordinator