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Theory of Music was founded in 2007 by the composer and writer Barry Mitchell.  The main purpose of Theory of Music when it was first set up was to publish resources for the study of the history and theory of music and broadly related subjects.

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18 May 2021

Theory of Music Ltd is a not for profit company and depends largely on voluntary contributions.  If you would like to support Theory of Music you can make a donation using Paypal.  Theory of Music does not use crowdfunding sites as these usually take quite a high proportion of any donations.  Your donation will be used to enable Theory of Music to produce more free or low cost resources for the study of the history and theory of music.  Donations can be made using the link below.

11 May 2021

Theory of Music Ltd has started a podcast.  An upcoming project is a series of podcasts based on personal recollections of Johannes Brahms by George Hensel.  A series of podcasts based on the Clara Schumann- Brahms letters is also being planned.

23 October 2019

Theory of Music Ltd is prepared for BREXIT.

In preparation for BREXIT Theory of Music Ltd has now registered the domain name in an address in the EU.  The domain name is registered at an address in Co. Donegal, Ireland.

1 October 2019

Barry Mitchell has been elected as a member of the board of trustees of The Society for Music Analysis.

Barry Mitchell was elected as a trustee of The Society for Music Analysis in July 2019.  The Society for Music Analysis (SMA) is a UK-based international organisation dedicated to music theory and analysis. It operates as a charity and is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number 1168650). It is affiliated with the journal Music Analysis and T&AM, The European Network for Theory and Analysis of Music. It supports and organises a regular programme of events, including the annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference, the Music Analysis Summer School (a residential course taught by international experts), and other Music Analysis Conferences (‘MACs’) and symposia.

20 July 2019

Launch of crowdfunding project to produce a new digital edition of The Musical Antiquarian Society 1842 edition of Henry Purcell’s 1619 opera Bonduca.

Bonduca crowdfunding project information.

20 March 2019

Registration of domain name.

Because of BREXIT the domain name will have to be registered at an address in the EU, otherwise we will have to change our domain name, which we would prefer not to do.  We are still searching for someone in the EU who will be happy to have the domain name registered to their address.

1 December 2018

Theory of Music Ltd has a new registered office.  The new registered office is: Brynn Hedd, Morley Terrace, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 3HU, UK.

12 July 2018

Barry Mitchell presented the paper “Do the ideas in André Pogoriloffsky’s The Music of the Temporalists have any practical application?” at the conference CityMAC 2018.  This conference took place at City University London, 5-7 July 2018, and was sponsored by the Society for Music Analysis and Blackwell Wiley.

2 December 2016

Theory of Music was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 28 June 2016.  The company is registered in England and Wales and the company registration number is 10255324.  The company’s articles of association can be downloaded from the link below.


Other company documents can be found on the Company docs page on this website.  The company’s first director was Barry Mitchell, who is also the company secretary.  Richard Skelding joined the company as a director soon afterwards.

Theory of Music Ltd has the following object: to advance education in the subject of music and in subjects related to music.

Theory of Music Ltd has the following powers:

  • to provide educational resources
  • to undertake research
  • to create music
  • to do all such lawful things as shall further the attainment of the company’s object, whether independently or jointly with similar organisations.

Contact email:

5 April 2015

Theory of Music has accepted an invitation to attend the official launch of the innovative online instrument tuition website The event will take place on Monday 20th April 2015 at The Nave, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG at 5pm. The launch will be reviewed on this website.

Founder Nicole Wilson will present the website and it’s features, with live performances from some of the musicians on the website including Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Clio Gould, violist Rachel Roberts and the Skelton Skinner All Stars.  Download a Musical Orbit Fact Sheet for more information.

25 March 2015

Theory of Music’s translation of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda ( used in the 2015 Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

One of Europe’s most significant arts festivals, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, will include a talk about a performance by the theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio which was based on Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.  The performance was in Italian but the English documents published in connection with the talk will feature excerpts from the translation of Il Combattimento which appears on this site.  For more information about the Kunstenfestivalesarts contact Daniel Blanga-Gubbay founder of  the arts organisation Aleppo (  His email address is  For more information about Romeo Castellucci, founder of Societas Raffaello Sanzio see

28 October 2014

Theory of Music’s translation of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda ( used in National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award in partnership with BBC Radio 3.

The National Centre for Early Music runs the annual NCEM Young Composers Award in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and, in 2015, the Dunedin Consort, Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble.  It is a national award for composers under the age of 25 with the aim of introducing them to the sound world of early music.  The winners from each of the age categories, 18 and under, and 19 – 25, will receive the prize of having their piece performed by the Dunedin Consort in a public concert and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.  You can read more about the award at ,  For the 2015 award entrants will  be invited to set a short scene from either Orfeo or Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. The text of Il combattimento  and the Theory of Music translation will be on the NCEM website for the composers to download.

10 October 2014

Theory of Music’s translation of Schubert’s Winterreise ( used at 2014 Oxford Leider Festival workshop.

World renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker CBE will use the translation of Winterreise from Schubert’s Wanderers at her Oxford Lieder Festival masterclass on 16 October 2014 .  The venue is St. Columba’s Church, Alfred St. Oxford.  See:

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2008 11:43 pm

    I’m very much interested in old classical music because I like instrumental music, I’m just getting into music because of some I heard on Turner Classica Movie. I can only indicate to you that Morzat is an interest of my I’v listen to it before. I sorry, I can not name anything because, I not great with remembering names. It is something I have to practice. But if there is any download on some I would be quiet interest in listening to it. Also, I Love to hear any African opera, and some unknown vocalist that are still not know today. I like to compare todays music verse earlier voices of lycrics.

  2. writebettermusic permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:00 pm

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  4. Iain Stringer permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:39 am

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  5. May 21, 2011 8:59 am

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  6. Anonymous permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:44 am

    Thank you for such a great public service. I especially appreciate original texts/libretti with accompanying English translation. Please keep up the good work and may God bless you.

  7. October 7, 2011 3:18 pm

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing your hard work!

  8. March 24, 2012 9:10 pm

    I love very much your work. Always a great pleasure to read it. I manage this site of Mozart’s letters: Maybe you’d like sometimes to dig some letter there. Congratulations!

    • March 25, 2012 6:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve had a look at your Mozart letters site and it is great – keep up the good work!

  9. July 16, 2012 6:41 am

    Excellent site!! I had to do some research on the history of music for my class assignment but when I turned to internet all I saw was scattered information which was even poorly organized. What I really wanted was first hand information from someone who knows the field but couldn’t find a single blog dedicated to solely music at that time. You are doing a great service and I hope you’ll keep it up for the benefit of information-starved people like me

    • July 16, 2012 2:52 pm

      Thank you very much for your positive comments. It is a lot of work keeping up this blog, though I enjoy it, so it is good to know that it is appreciated.

  10. August 19, 2012 2:15 am

    I really like your article in here and I’m very much interested in old classical music because I like instrumental music and mellow tune. I am enjoying reading it and we are looking forward to see more in here.

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  11. October 27, 2012 4:24 pm

    I have something to add to your blog. I published an article this year in defense of just intonation over equal temperament and also augmenting the centuries-old C256hz/A432hz proposition. My horological theory of why A=432hz really clarifies the argument and greatly settles why the standard ought to be changed. Please read the article, titled “A=432hz: On the Proper Concert Pitch and a New Standardization of Tempo,” at – or find it at the Amazon Kindle or iBookstore marketplaces. I have made a YouTube video presenting an augmented version of the article as well, @ There is even a Facebook page, named “A=432hz Concert Pitch.” I hope you get a lot out of my work!

  12. December 1, 2012 1:33 am

    Dear Mr. Mitchell

    As someone who grew up with a fascination for both popular & “classical” forms of music, a site like this is of great interest. I am also a student of philosophy (specifically Ayn Rand’s Objectivism) and constantly find myself challenged by our current culture’s hostility toward both a solid appreciation of abstract music, as well as an understanding of philosophy (upon which any true aesthetic appreciation must be based). Having a personal tendency to eclecticism, on the one hand, but given to an almost mystical enthusiasm for the music & the arts on the other, I seek out -above all- music that expresses an integration (rather than mere juxtaposition) of intellectual sense with emotional sensibility, complex structures as the vehicle for expressing profound human passions (e.g. Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc etc). I thank you, and shall continue to read with great interest.


    Jae Alexander

  13. January 11, 2013 10:18 am

    For my study in the Netherlands I’m researching the development of music in the past 2000 years. This site was one of the sites that inspired me for the research. Thank you!

  14. January 16, 2013 1:30 am

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  15. February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

    Dear Mr. Mitchell, I just found your site, Amazing! Truly inspiring and very useful not only for a musician, composer and music teacher, as in my case, but for all those who love music. Thanks for sharing all that information and for the so many hours of work and research that takes to keep a page like this.
    Good luck and keep up the good work!

  16. jeanne permalink
    April 24, 2013 10:05 am

    Really appreciated your lucid essay on the opera seria. Just one comment I think Durastanti was a mezzo soprano woman not a castrato. She played the dfirst Sexto in Cesare.
    Keep up the good work. jeanne

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  19. Atilio Silva permalink
    May 22, 2014 7:39 pm

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  20. Atilio Silva permalink
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  23. December 6, 2015 6:27 am

    This is a great blog. We need more people who care about the craft of music.

  24. June 4, 2016 6:13 am

    Thanks for following back!
    Mind that on June 15th my book “The music of the Temporalists” will be available for free, here:
    Updates here:
    Enjoy the reading!

  25. Anonymous permalink
    March 22, 2019 6:44 am

    This is a AMAZING BLOG. THANKS !!!

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