International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries

David Burn

assistant professor Musicology
general editor Journal of the Alamire Foundation

(b. 1974) studied music at Merton College, University of Oxford, obtaining a B.A. in 1997, a Master of Studies in 1998, and completing his Doctorate in 2002, with a thesis under the supervision of Prof. Reinhard Strohm entitled, “The Mass-Propers of Henricus Isaac: Genesis, Transmission, and Authenticity”. Between 2002-03, Guest-Researcher, Kyoto City University of Arts. From 2003-07, Junior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. Since 2007, Lecturer in Musicology, K. U. Leuven. General Editor, along with Katelijne Schiltz, of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.
His research focuses on sacred music of the later-15th and 16th centuries, above all in German-speaking lands. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of Music Theory, the Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, and the Revue de musicologie.

Research themes

  • Heinrich Isaac (c. 1455-1517) and his contemporaries
  • Polyphony, chant, and liturgy in the later Middle Ages and renaissance
  • 15th- and 16th-century music and institutions in Imperial lands
  • Source-studies and text-criticism
  • Early-music analysis