Lecturers » David Yearsley

David YearsleyActive as a performer on organ and other keyboard instruments in North America and Europe, David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1994. That same year he became the only musician ever to win all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival. David’s most recent CD (from Musica Omnia) is All Your Cares Beguile: Songs and Sonatas from Baroque London with violinist Martin Davids; his other recordings of 17th- and 18th-century organ music are available on the Loft label. David has written numerous articles on European musical culture in the 17th and 18th centuries, and his work has appeared in leading scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, Early Music and Eighteenth-Century Music. He is the author of the widely-praised Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint (2002) and Bach’s Feet: The Organ Pedals in European Culture (2011), both from Cambridge University Press. David has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and will return for a year to Berlin in 2011 under the auspices of an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. For two decades David has been music critic for America’s last newspaper, the Anderson Valley Advertiser; his weekly column, The Musical Patriot, can be read at Counterpunch.org. A member of the pioneering synthesizer trio, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, he is Professor of Music at Cornell University.