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 Dr. Huub van der Linden


Huub van der Linden holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Utrecht and a second MA (awarded with distinction) in Cultural & Intellectual History of the Renaissance from the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He obtained his PhD in History & Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence in 2012 for a thesis on the circulation, revision, and performance of Italian oratorio around 1700. In 2013-2014 he was a fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. In 2017-2019 he will be based at the École Française de Rome as a researcher in an international research project on the performing arts in Roman aristocratic family archives. Dr. Van der Linden's main area of research is seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy. Besides his work on music of this period, he also has an interest in the history of the book and of reading, and in the interaction of texts, images, material culture, and processes of copying in early modern culture. He furthermore has started working on early modern European perceptions of the ‘sonic world’ of Safavid Persia (1501-1736). Besides his academic work he also remains active as a singer and as a writer and Italian translator.

His principal current interests regard the production, circulation, and use of printed Italian music across Europe, as well as music and celebrity in Italy in relation to material culture. A major project related to this first interest regards the Silvani music printing firm in Bologna. The first project, based on extensive archival work and the inspection and description of all the surviving copies of all the editions produced by the firm, will lead to a critical bibliography and new insights in the production and dissemination of early modern printed music around 1700. This work has earned him an a New Scholar Prize from the Bibliographical Society of America. The second project investigates how the printed and written word along with a changing material culture interacted to shape the culture of celebrity in Italy, specifically related to music and theatre. At UCR he has taught  A&H 295 Music in context and A&H 166 The Bible in the Arts.

He has received numerous international fellowships and grants, among others from the Fondazione Ermitage Italia, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Forschungsbibliothek in Gotha, the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung in Berlin, at the Warburg Institute in London, at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the Dutch Institutes in Florence and Rome (among which the Hugenholtz Stipend, awarded for an outstanding MA dissertation). He collaborated with a research and performance project (France, CNRS, 2012-2013) on Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Full text versions of most of his publication can be found at  


  •  "Charpentier en route to Rome: Places, performance practices, and experiential knowledge of Italian oratorio (1666-1669)", forthcoming in Les histoires sacrées de Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sources, contextes, interprétation, ed. Catherine Cessac (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).

  •  "Benedetto Pamphilj in Bologna (1690-1693): Documents on his patronage of music", Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 47 (2015), 87-144.
  •  "Sellers and buyers of Italian music around 1700: The Silvani firm and G.B. Bassani's music in Italy and Central Europe", International exchange in the European book world, ed. Matthew McLean (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 282-305.
  •  "Opera and porcelain in eighteenth-century Germany: Hasse, Bordoni, and some Meissen figure groups", Imago Musicae", 17 (2014-2015), 7-28.
  •  "Medals and chamber pots for Faustina Bordoni: Celebrity and material culture in early eighteenth-century Italy", Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (early-view version published).
  • "Printing music in early eighteenth-century Italy: Workshop practices at the Silvani firm in Bologna", The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 109:4 (2015), 491-532.
  • "Profit, patronage, and the cultural politics of music printing in eighteenth-century Italy: The family and finances of Giuseppe Antonio Silvani", in Specialist markets in the early modern book world, eds Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 351-69.
  • "Zarlino in the Low Countries: A copy of his 1589 complete works owned by the organist Abraham Verheyen († 1621)", Quærendo; 44:4 (2014), 241-63.
  • "Un secentesco programma di decorazione per il grande salone di palazzo Carignano", Rivista d’Arte 3 (2013), 257-97.
  • "Early eighteenth-century music type for the printer Giuseppe Antonio Silvani: Correspondence and other documents", Tipofilologia 5 (2012), 27-66.
  • "The collaborative authorship of pictorial invention in seventeenth-century Italy: Patron, adviser, and artist at palazzo Carignano", in The artist as reader: On education and non-education of early modern artists, eds Heiko Damm, Michael Thimann, and Claus Zittel (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 325-63.
  • "Credit, credibility, and criticism: Apostolo Zeno and the early reception of the Giornale de’ letterati in Emilia and Romagna", in Il "Giornale de' Letterati d'Italia" trecento anni dopo: Scienza, storia, arte, identità (1710-2010); Atti del convegno, Padova, Venezia, Verona, 17-19 novembre 2010, ed. Enza del Tedesco (Pisa and Rome: Fabrizio Serra, 2012), 185-99.
  • "A bio-bibliographical approach to the circulation of Italian oratorio around 1700: The case of Francesco Pistocchi and Il martirio di san Adriano", Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 68:1 (2011), 29-60.
  • "Two disputes over copying in Bologna", The Burlington Magazine 152 nr. 1287 (2010), 385-90.
  • "Pistocchi’s gift: Francesco Traeri’s organ (1719) for S. Filippo Neri in Forlì", Recercare 21 (2009), 291-300.
  • "The performance of French tragedy in Bologna around 1700 and the reform of Italian opera", in D’une scène à l’autre: L’opéra italien en Europe, eds Alessandro di Profio and Damien Colas (Liège: Mardaga, 2009), 2:59-75.
  • "Alberti, Quid Tum?, and the redemption of Terence in early Renaissance humanism", Albertiana 11-12 (2008-2009), 83-104.
  • "Apostolo Zeno as reader and (re)writer: Acknowledgement of influence and anxiety of authorship", in The books of Venice / Il libro veneziano, eds Lisa Pon and Craig Kallendorf, (special issue of Miscellanea Marciana, vol. 20), (Venice and New Castle DE: Biblioteca Marciana; La Musa Talìa; Oak Knoll, 2008), 383-410.
  • "Benedetto Pamphilj as librettist: Mary Magdalene and the harmony of the spheres in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno", Recercare 16 (2004), 133-61 [reprinted in Handel, ed. David Vickers (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), 182-209].
  • Several book reviews in the Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, the European Review of History, and Die Musikforschung.

Musicology; Art History

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