James Chater: list of writings




Luca Marenzio and the Italian Madrigal, 1577–1593, Ann Arbor, 1981







‘“Cruda Amarilli”: a Cross Section of the Italian Madrigal’, Musical Times, cxvi (1975), 231–4 [with musical supplement]

‘Fonti poetiche per i madrigali di Luca Marenzio’, Rivista italiana di musicologia, xiii (1978), 60–103

‘Castelletti’s “Stravaganze d’Amore” (1585): a Comedy with Interludes’, Studi musicali, viii (1979), 85–148

‘Two Forgotten Madrigals by Palestrina’, Studi musicali, xi (1982), 203–28

‘Luca Marenzio: New Documents, New Observations’, Music & Letters, lxiv (1983), 2–11

‘Love, Music and Spectacle in Counter‑Reformation Rome: “Il Carro dell’Universo” (1587)’, Proceedings of the International Musicological Society Conference, Strasbourg, 1982, Strasbourg, 1985

‘Bianca Cappello and Music’, in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Craig Hugh Smyth, Florence, 1985,  i, 569–79

‘Conversi’, ‘Del Mel’, ‘Ferretti’ and ‘Giovannelli’ for the Dizionario di musica e di musicisti, rev. enl. edn., Turin, 1987

‘Music and Patronage in Rome: the Case of Cardinal Montalto’, Studi musicali, xvi (1987), 179–227

‘Reflections of Musical Glory: Bonifazio Bevilacqua as Poet and Patron’, Musicologia humana: Studies in Honor of Warren and Ursula Kirkendale, ed. S. Gmeinwieser, D. Hiley and J. Riedlbauer, Florence, 1994, pp. 233–50

‘“Un pasticcio di madrigaletti?”: The Early Musical Fortune of Guarini’s “Il pastor fido”,’ Guarini: musica e musicisti, ed. A. Pompilio, Lucca, 1996, pp. 139–83

(ed.) Early Music, xxvii/4 (1999) [Marenzio anniversary issue]

‘“Such Sweet Sorrow”: the Dialogue partenza in the Italian Madrigal’, Early Music, xxvii/4 (1999)

‘Marenzio’s First Flower Restored: a Reconstruction of “Donna bella e crudel se sdegn’havete”,’ Il saggiatore musicale, VIII (2001), 193– 211

(with S. Ledbetter): ‘Marenzio’, ‘Moscaglia’, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd rev. enlarged edn, ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell, London, 2001

‘Philips’, ‘Valentini’, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd rev. enlarged edn, ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell, London, 2001

 ‘Giovanni Battista Moscaglia, “musico romano”: a Documentary Study’, Studi musicali, XXXIII (2004), 3–41

‘Dare! A Plea for Renewal in Orthodox Church Music’, Sourozh, no. 97 (2004), pp. 42–53

‘Staying Awake at the Wheel: Some Thoughts on Arranging and Composing Orthodox Church Music’, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Orthodox Music, University of Joensuu, Finland, 13–19 June 2005, pp. 51–69

 ‘Between Babylon and Pentecost: why the absence of a common translation should not be allowed to impede compositional creativity’, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Orthodox Music, University of Joensuu, Finland, 4–8 June 2007 [forthcoming]

‘Family matters: music in the life and works of Giovambattista Strozzi the Elder’ [forthcoming]




Papers Read


Melodic Line in the Later Madrigals of Marenzio’, Southampton, UK, July 1973

‘Towards a Definition of poesia per musica: Rore’s “Anchor che col partire”,’ London, UK, July 1980

Petrarchism and the Italian Madrigal’, Bergamo, Institute of Slavonic Studies, April 1996

‘"Mercy, peace, a sacrifice of praise": promoting harmony on the kliros’, paper read at the festival “The Touch of the Sacred”, Joensuu, Finland, July 2006

See also: ‘Specialist publications’






Reviews of critical music editions and books in Early Music, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Music & Letters, Musical Times, Notes, Il saggiatore musicale

Review-article of Luca Marenzio: The Secular Works, vi, ed. P. Myers, New York, 1983, Journal of the American Musicological Society, xxxviii (1985), 376–85


Popular writings


Dictionary entries in the Hamlyn Dictionary of Music, London, 1982

‘A Diversity of Passions and Airs: the Madrigal’, Holland Festival of Early Music programme, 1987, pp. 11–19

‘Chronological Index of the Works of Mozart’, in The Complete Mozart [booklet to accompany the Philips Classics Complete Mozart Edition, 1990], pp. 136–203

‘Luca Marenzio, divino compositore’, Early Musical Performer, no. 2 (1999)

Liner notes for CDs and videos on Beethoven, Haydn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and miscellaneous collections









K. Janetzky and B. Bruchle, Das Horn (Hallwag, 1977) from German into English (London: B.T. Batsford, 1988)

M. Bizzarini, Luca Marenzio: the Career of a Musician between the Renaissance and the Counter-Reformation, London, 2003