Andrew Frampton

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth-century music
  • Manuscript studies, palaeography and source transmission
  • Johann Sebastian Bach and his circle
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka and music at the Catholic Court Church of Dresden
  • Music in Berlin during the reign of Frederick II
  • Mozart and Beethoven studies
  • Music in Britain and Australia, 1850-1950 (including the reception of early music)
  • Music philology, textual criticism and editing
  • Music and material culture
  • Music bibliography and book history
  • Music and broadcasting
  • Music and the Third Reich

– Recent Work –

Forthcoming publications:

(2020) Preface to Jan Dismas Zelenka, Requiem in D, ZWV 46, ed. Václav Luks. Kassel, etc.: Bärenreiter.

(2019b) ‘Zelenka, Palestrina and the Art of Arrangement: A New Manuscript Fragment’, Musicology Australia, Vol. 41 No. 2.

(2019a) Guest editor (with Kerry Murphy & Frederic Kiernan) of Musicology Australia, Vol. 41 No. 2: Zelenka, Bach and the Eighteenth-Century German Baroque: Essays in Honour of Janice B. Stockigt.

Selected recent publications:

(2018b) ‘Zelenka, Jan (Lukáš Ignatius) Dismas’ (with Janice B. Stockigt and Frederic Kiernan). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online.

(2018a) ‘A Tale of Two Passions: The 1897 Melbourne Performance of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion‘, in J. S. Bach in Australia: Studies in Reception and Performance, ed. Denis Collins, Samantha Owens and Kerry Murphy (Melbourne: Lyrebird Press), 29-50.

(2017) Review: ‘J.S. Bach and his German Contemporaries’. Eighteenth-Century Music 14/2: 297–300.

(2016b) ‘A Copyist of Bach and Zelenka: identifying the scribe of GB-Ob MS Tenbury 749’, Understanding Bach 11: 131–139.

(2016a) Review article: ‘New perspectives on Bach’, Context 41: 77–85.

Recent conference papers:

(2019b): ‘Palaeographic Puzzles: A Revised Source Chronology for the Berlin Hofkomponist Johann Friedrich Agricola’, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, 31–3 November 2019

(2019a) ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Parody and Reworking in the Sacred Vocal Music of Jan Dismas Zelenka’, Zelenka Festival Prague Conference, 18 October 2019

(2018d) ‘From Dresden to Berlin: the Missa Sancti Spiritus (ZWV 4) as a case study in eighteenth-century Zelenka source transmission’, Zelenka Festival Prague Conference, 19 October 2018

(2018c) ‘Palaeographic Puzzles: Johann Friedrich Agricola in the Berlin Singakademie Archive’, Symposium in Honour of J. B. Stockigt’s 80th Birthday, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne/Musicological Society of Australia, Trinity College Melbourne, 4 August 2018

(2018b) ‘A Tale of Two Passions: The 1897 Melbourne Performance of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion, BWV 244’, 18th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, Cremona, 10-15 July 2018

(2018a) ‘Seeking Refuge in a New World: Leo Schrade, Manfred Bukofzer and the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, 1937-1947’, Seeking Refuge: The Plight of Musicians and Music Scholars in Nazi and Fascist Europe, Magdalen College Oxford, 31 May 2018

(2017b) ‘Zelenka, Palestrina and the Art of Arrangement: a new manuscript fragment’, Zelenka Festival Prague Conference, 6 October 2017

(2017a) ‘The manuscript sources of Johann Friedrich Agricola’, Eighth Bach Network UK Dialogue Meeting, Cambridge, 10-15 July 2017

(2016) ‘Six Years of Separation: aspects of revision in the autograph manuscript of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Sancti Spiritus, ZWV 4’, Zelenka Festival Prague Conference, 21 October 2016



Area of proposed thesis

My doctoral research, supervised by Professor Christian Leitmeir, investigates the musical sources handed down by Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720-1774), a pupil and copyist of J. S. Bach who was later employed at the court of Brandenburg-Prussia. Many of these materials have only recently become accessible to scholars, and they reveal an extraordinary wealth of diverse repertoire that was being studied and performed in Berlin and elsewhere in the middle of the eighteenth century. The project will present the first thematic catalogue of Agricola’s works (Agricola-Werke-Verzeichnis), together with a comprehensive catalogue of the numerous copies in his hand of works by other composers. A detailed study of Agricola’s handwriting, together with new watermark and ink analyses, will provide the basis for a refined chronology of the sources, and the transmission histories and performance contexts of selected key manuscripts will be examined in detail. The project will also show how the Agricola manuscripts act as important witnesses to the exchange and transmission of musical styles, works, materials and musicians that occurred between different courts and municipal centres during this period. As a true ‘companion to the sources’, it aims to lay the foundations for future work on Agricola, the Berlin School and the legacy of the Bach tradition after 1750.


John Monash Scholarship

Welsford Smithers Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne, Australia

Merton College Graduate Prize Scholarship (2018/19)

Subjects Taught


Historically Informed Performance

Analysing Eighteenth-Century Music: Understanding Tonality

Extended Essay

Musical Thought and Scholarship

The Renaissance Madrigal

Eighteenth-Century Opera

Bach’s Keyboard Music


Previous Years:

Historically Informed Performance

Mozart’s Concertos

Musical Analysis

Study Skills in Musicology

Issues in the Study of Music

Extended Essay

Musical Thought and Scholarship

History of Music I (Topics in Music History before 1750): Seventeenth-Century Opera

History of Music I (Topics in Music History before 1750): Bach’s Keyboard Music

History of Music II (Topics in Music History after 1700): Eighteenth-Century Opera