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* On J. S. Bach's notational habits and performance implications * Reception history of Bach's works in the long 19th century


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Yo Tomita (b.1961) is a scholar known internationally for his work on the manuscript sources of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach (esp. the Well-Tempered Clavier II), the Bach Bibliography and musicological font, Bach.

He graduated from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo specializing in piano and completed an MMus in performance at Leeds University and thereafter PhD in musicology. He initially joined the staff at Queen's in March 1995 as Research Fellow. He was reappointed as Lecturer in 2000, promoted to Reader in 2001 and to Professor in 2007.

Since 2000, he has served as member of the organising committee of the Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, and chaired the 14th Conference in July 2010 held at Queen's. In November 2007, he also organised the international symposium ‘Understanding Bach’s B-minor Mass’ at Queens. From 2005 to 2009, he served the editorial board of the Journal of Musicological Research. From 2006 to 2009 he became the trustee of the Bach Network UK, and from 2010 became the members of both the council and editorial team of its journal, Understanding Bach. In September 2011 he was appointed Senior Fellow at Bach-Archiv Leipzig. In autumn 2012, he was invited by the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, to become the third Gerhard Herz Visiting Bach Professor.

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Research Output

The Passions as a Source of Inspiration? A Hypothesis on the Origin and Musical Aim of Well-Tempered Clavier II

Tomita, Y., 01 Jun 2018, Compositional Choices and Meaning in the Vocal Music of J. S. Bach. Sanders, R. & Peters, M. (eds.). Lexington Books, p. 225-242 17 p. (Contextual Bach Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Revisiting the reception of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier II in Pre-Classical Vienna

    Tomita, Y., Sep 2017, A Musical Offering: Essays in Honour of Gerard Gillen. Houston, K. & White, H. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 318-359 41 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Deciphering the performance hints hidden in J. S. Bach’s quaver beams

    Tomita, Y., Feb 2016, In : Early Music. 44, 1, p. 89-104 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Senior Fellow, Bach-Archiv Leipzig

    Yo Tomita (Recipient), Sep 2011

    Prize: Appointment


    Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier II

    Yo Tomita (Invited speaker)
    04 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Ulster Socety of Organists and Choirmasters Centenary Conference

    Desmond Hunter (Organiser), Yo Tomita (Organiser)
    15 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Yo Tomita (Invited speaker)
    11 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Yo Tomita (Invited speaker)
    09 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor: Context, Analysis and Hermeneutics

    Author: Whitelaw, B., 2017

    Supervisor: Thomson, A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Tomita, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters