Professor Parkes is a specialist in the music and liturgy of the central Middle Ages (ca. 800–1200), with particular interests in the performance and experience of religious ritual, the history of religious communities (monastic and clerical), reform movements, manuscripts and material culture, and wider trends in medieval intellectual history. After graduating with a first-class degree in music from the University of Oxford, he earned a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Cambridge, where he was subsequently appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Prior to coming to Yale in 2014, he also served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge and at Royal Holloway, University of London. While his teaching interests encompass the major musical repertories of the Middle Ages, both monophonic and polyphonic, Professor Parkes’s recent publications traverse the disciplines of theology, history, musicology, canon law, and liturgy. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press is his first book, “The Making of Liturgy in the Ottonian Church,” which narrates a history of religious life in early medieval Germany by means of its surviving liturgical books. Professor Parkes has an FRCO diploma in organ and has held organist positions at a number of the UK’s leading Anglican choral foundations; until his move to Yale he regularly shared the concert platform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
M.A. University of Oxford; Ph.D. University of Cambridge
Early Sacred Music