Davitt Moroney

professor of music

Davitt Moroney is a professor of music scholarship at UC Berkeley. He is also university organist and currently serves as a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the LGBT Community at Cal. Moroney is a specialist in music of the 16th to 18th centuries, in particular J. S. Bach, and music at Versailles. One of his scholarly discoveries: the “Mass in 40 and 60 Voices” (1566), by Alessandro Striggio, one of the most spectacular musical works from the Florentine Renaissance, lost since 1724. Moroney was born in England in 1950. He studied at King’s College (University of London), completing the master’s program in musicology with a thesis on Italian music for the Roman Counter-Reformation (1972). His doctoral dissertation (Berkeley, 1980) was a study of the music composed by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd for the English Reformation. He holds a performance diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Music (1974) and a teaching diploma from the Royal College of Music (1975). After many years in Paris, he returned to Berkeley as a professor in 2001.

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