John Collins

Comenzó a escribir en Mundoclasico.com el viernes, 27 de julio de 2001. En estos 18 años ha escrito 2 artículos.

  • Libros y Partituras

    Félix Maximo López: A review of the new edition by Alberto Cobo

    With regards to the details of the events in the life of López, it is really remarkable that so much of the introduction is so similar to points made by Professor Espinosa in chapter one of her thesis cited above, including details of his 1st marriage made in secret, the uncertainty about how he earned his living prior to 1775 and the description of the difficult examination (Oposición) which musicians had to pass in order to be admitted to the Chapel Royal. There follow further amazing similarities in comments about the actions of the 2 sons of López during the French occupation, as well as the privations suffered by court musicians during this period. However, in what is an astounding coincidence, the name of the other organist at the Chapel Royal is printed as Castronova, instead of Castronovo, which echoes the misprint in Professor Espinosa's dissertation.
    27/07/2001
  • Libros y Partituras

    Félix Máximo López: la nueva edición de Alberto Cobo

    Por lo que respecta a los detalles de los acontecimientos de la vida de López, es realmente destacable que gran parte de la introducción es en extremo similar a los datos señalados por la profesora Espinosa en su tesis (1976), incluyendo los detalles de su primer matrimonio hecho en secreto, la falta de datos sobre cómo se ganó la vida antes de 1775, la descripción de la difícil oposición que los músicos debían superar para poder ser admitidos en la Capilla Real y en los comentarios acerca de las acciones de los dos hijos de López durante la ocupación francesa, así como las privaciones sufridas por los músicos de corte durante este período. Especialmente sorprendente es la errata al mencionar el nombre del otro organista de la Capilla Real "Castronova" en vez de Castronovo, lo que reproduce el error de imprenta de la tesis doctoral de la Profesora Espinosa.
    27/07/2001

John Collins born in 1949. Harpsichordist, organist and musicologist, studied performance practise of Early Keyboard Music privately with Paul Simmonds in Brighton 1978- 82.

Current research projects include the development of Iberian Keyboard music,especially Cabanilles and the 18th century composers,with particular reference to the organ works of Félix Máximo López. I am also researching
the English Organ Voluntary, and include examples from both interests in organ recitals.

I have contributed articles and Reviews of Scores and CDs to numerous periodicals including Organists'Review and am writing a short history of Iberian organ music for the journal of The Royal College of Organists' in London. I have written papers for Leeds University on the English Organ Voluntary in the Provinces, as well as on López borrowings and reworkings for FIMTE 2001.