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Magdalene College Cambridge

Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter

Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter is College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music at Magdalene, and a Fellow of Homerton College.

Daniel supervises a variety of undergraduate modules at the University of Cambridge, including practical musicianship (aural and keyboard skills), analysis, tonal composition, and music history courses. As Director of Studies in Music at Magdalene and at Homerton he looks after the teaching needs of the Music students.

Daniel is an active performer, and conducts the Charter Choir of Homerton College, where he is also a Fellow.


Research Interests

Daniel’s research interests include the role of music in liturgy and ceremony, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His doctoral thesis (and subsequent monograph) investigated the attitudes and approaches to music of the Protestant reformers in sixteenth-century Strasbourg. This involved scrutinising treatises, hymnbook prefaces, and unpublished archival material in order to improve our understanding of why music was deemed crucial by the first Protestant reformers. The thesis also addressed questions about the importance of congregational singing in Strasbourg in the dissemination of the Reformation message further afield. He has also undertaken research on the Genevan and Scottish Psalters of the Reformation, as well as the influence of late fifteenth-century preachers on the German Reformation’s stance towards music. Currently he is preparing his second monograph, the history of an edition of Latin motets, the Cantiones quinque vocum selectissimae (Strasbourg, 1539), to be published with Boydell & Brewer in 2021/22.


PhD, MA, MMus (Southampton), ARCO.

Key Publications

‘Protestantische religiöse Identitäten in Lied und Kirchenmusik: Basel und Straßburg im 16. Jahrhundert’, in W. Fuhrmann, ed., Musikleben in der Renaissance: Zwischen Alltag und Fest – Teilband I: Orte der Musik, Handbuch der Musik der Renaissance (vol. 4) (Laaber, Regensburg: Laaber-Verlag, 2019), pp. 193–221.

‘Music, Heretics, and Reformers’, in G. McDonald and D. Burn, eds., Music and Theology in the European Reformations (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017).

The Singing of the Strasbourg Protestants, 1523–1541 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).

‘Thieves, Drunkard and Womanisers? Perceptions of Church Musicians in Early Reformation Strasbourg’, in A. Noblesse-Rocher and R. G. Hobbs, eds., Bible, histoire et société (Turnhout, Brepols: 2013), pp. 383–399