Research Stream

Denis Collins

Denis Collins is an Associate Investigator at The University of Queensland. His research interests include the history of music theory and renaissance and baroque counterpoint. He has published extensively on the history of canon and related imitative forms, with particular emphasis on Italian music theory, English counterpoint and the canons of Bach. He studied Music and Classical History at University College Dublin and was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, USA, where he received A.M. and PhD degrees. He lectures in music history and techniques in the School of Music.

Contact

denis.collins@uq.edu.au

Research

Emotion and Music in the Counter-Reformation

Selected Publications

Collins, D., and J. Nevile. ‘Music and Dance’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall, pp. 49–68. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Collins, D. ‘Dürer, Music and Melencolia 1’. In The Persistence of Melancholia in Arts and Culture, edited by A. Bubenik, pp. 49–67. London: Routledge, 2019.

Collins, D. ‘Emotion and Communities of Musical Expression in the High Renaissance’. In Musica Movet: Affectus, Ludus, Corpus, edited by M. Medić, M. Zatkalik and S. Teparić. Belgrade: University of Arts (forthcoming 2018).

Collins, D. 'Modelling Historical Listening: Challenges and Benefits through Intersections of Emotions Research, Musicology and Psychology'. Open Peer Commentary in Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, 8 (2014–16): 123–24 (special issue on Cognition of Early Polyphony).

Selected Presentations

Conference Panel Presentation: ‘Emotion, Reception and Paradox in the Musica Nova (1559) Motets by Adrian Willaert’, 3rd Conference of the Australian Music and Psychology Society, incorporating the 5th International Conference on Music and Emotion, The University of Queensland School of Music, 7–9 December 2017.

Conference Panel Discussion Member: ‘Why doesn’t Musicology Talk about Emotion? The Case of Early Music’, in Panel: ‘What’s Missing in Music and Emotion Research,’ 3rd Conference of the Australian Music and Psychology Society, incorporating the 5th International Conference on Music and Emotion, The University of Queensland School of Music, 7–9 December 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Emotion and Communities of Musical Expression in the High Renaissance’, 12th International Music Theory and Analysis Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 12–14 October 2017.

Conference Paper: 'Emotion, Text and Counterpoint in Music of the Counter-Reformation'; and 'Emotion and Enigma in Early Modern Music Manuscripts', 'Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World' First International CHE Conference, UWA 27–29 June 2013.