Ruth Tatlow

Ruth Tatlow.Associate Professor, Ruth Tatlow, is a Bach scholar and musicologist with compositional theory and practice as her main research areas.

She studied at the Royal Academy of Music during the 1970s; King’s College,  London University during the 1980s; was a lecturer at Royal Holloway, London from 1997 to 1998; lecturer at Stockholm University 2005–2007; visiting Professor at Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY in 2010; and founder of the Bach Network UK in 2006, and Chair of the BNUK Council since 2010. Tatlow has an association with Statens musikverk, 2013–2015, through the research project, “Bachs proportional parallelism,” funded by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council).



Bach's Numbers: Compositional Proportion and Significance, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), reprint 2006. Japanese translation Bach no Ango: Kazu to Sozo no Himitsu (Tokyo, Seidosha, 2011).

“Theoretical Hope: A Vision for the Application of Historically Informed Theory”, Understanding Bach 8 (2013), pp. 33–60.

“Challenging Virtuality: A Personal Reflection”, Understanding Bach 7 (2012), pp. 57–60.

“Parallel Proportions, Numerical Structures and Harmonie in Bach’s Autograph Score”, Exploring Bach’s B-Minor Mass. eds. Yo Tomita, Jan Smaczny and Robin A. Leaver. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 142–162

“When the Theorists are Silent: Mattheson, Bach and the Development of Historically Informed Analytical Techniques”, What kind of theory is music theory? Epistemological Exercises in Music Theory and Analysis, ed. P. Broman in (Stockholm Studies in Musicology Vol.1. (Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2007), pp. 203–216.

“The Use and Abuse of Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section in Musicology Today”Understanding Bach 1 (2006), pp. 69–85.

Lusus Poeticus vel Musicus, Doctoral Dissertation (London University, 1987)

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