Dr. John Romey

Dr. Romey has presented the early fruits of this research at academic conferences and has published a book chapter about the early French viol consort. He is currently preparing three articles: an article to be submitted to the Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America about the amateur status of the viol in the 16th century and educational institutions in which playing the viol was taught alongside catechism, literacy, and a trade; an article to be submitted to the journal Early Music History about the transfer of the viol northward from Italy to France, including a discussion of the Italian musicians working at the French court and the appearance of viols in the spectacular “magnificences” of Catherine de’ Medici; and an article in preparation about the role of the viol in the intellectual movements surrounding and performances at the Académie de Poésie et de Musique, including a discussion of its use in concerts featuring musique mesurée and appearances in the Ballet comique de la reine in 1581.