About Dr Alan Maddox

I’m fascinated by connections between theory and practice, score and performance, history and style.

Alan Maddox is passionate about historical performance practice.

Alan is a lecturer in Musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium, where much of his teaching is in the history and performance practice of European music of the 17th and 18th centuries. His main research interests are in the influence of rhetoric on vocal performance practice in Italian music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and in Australian colonial music in the mid-19th century. His current research project is a ‘research through performance’ study on the influence of classical gesture on the vocal delivery of recitative in Italian baroque music.He has given papers on rhetoric and performance practice at several conferences of the Musicological Society of Australia as well as at the International Musicological Society (IMS) congress in Zürich in 2007, the IMS Symposium in Melbourne in 2004, and at the 2003 conference of the Wolfenbüttler Arbeitskreis für Barockforschung. Publications include a paper on rhetoric and performance practice in Music Research: New Directions for a New Century (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005), and a chapter on colonial musician Isaac Nathan in a forthcoming collection of essays on early music, Australia, Land of the Lyrebird. He is musicologist to the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and gives pre-concert talks and writes program notes for the ABO and Musica Viva. Alan sang full-time as a tenor with Opera Australia for several years, and has worked as a freelance singer in Australia and Europe. His repertoire ranges from Medieval to contemporary, with a particular love for Italian and German music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and for the songs of Schubert.Areas of recent supervision include:

  • The realisation of ‘continuo solo’ passages in JS Bach’s cantatas
  • A professional practice model for early career orchestral violists
  • Poet, text, composer: the contrasting approaches to John Dryden's A Song for St Cecilia's Day, (1687) by Giovanni Battista Draghi and George Frideric Handel.
  • The professional environment of the 18th-century prima donna
  • Handel’s arias for solo voice and trumpet

Selected publications

For more information about publications see my academic profile