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 Prof. Dr. Albert Clement (Head of Department)

Professional and Academic Career


Albert Clement is Professor of Musicology. He studied Musicology at Utrecht University (MA 1987 with highest estimation), Organ at the Brabant Conservatoire, Tilburg (Teacher's and Soloist's Diplomas Organ, 1986 and 1988 respectively), and Theology at the University of Leiden. He received his Doctorate from Utrecht University with highest estimation (1989). In 1993 he was awarded with the Province of Zeeland's Prize for Encouragement in Arts and Sciences.

Being a strong advocate of Liberal Arts & Sciences education, he was – while still teaching in Utrecht – deeply involved in setting up Utrecht University’s new International Honours College in Middelburg in the years 2003-2004, initiated by Prof. Dr. Hans Adriaansens, and consequently served as its head of Arts & Humanities  for a number of years on the invitation of Hans Adriaansens, who himself became the first dean of the Middelburg college.​



  • 1991-1996: Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (as the first musicologist in the Netherlands): Research fellow at Utrecht Universi­ty
  • 1996-2004: Associate Professor at Utrecht University​ (Senior Qualifications in both Teaching and Research in 2001)
  • 2004 - present: Professor at Utrecht University. 
    His first full Professorship was recommended by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences ("Akademieleerstoelhouder"); its main focus was: Music of the Baroque. 
    His present Full Professorship at Utrecht University includes  teaching at University College Roosevelt and has a broad focus: Musical Culture.​

Fields of Expertise/Interest

Keen interest in academic and practical aspects of music, and in interdisciplinary approaches in particular. Expertise as reflected in courses taught include: Music History, Performance Practice, Acoustics, Organology, Music Theory, Sacred Music, Bible & Arts.

(Co-)Organization of a number of international activities, including conferences by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Zeeland Society of Sciences, the Huizinga Institute, as well as the International Bach Symposium Utrecht 2000, the International symposium Recent Research in Baroque Music  (Middelburg: Roosevelt, 2005), The Origins of the Telescope (Middelburg: Roosevelt, 2008), and the International Josquin Symposium (Middelburg: Roosevelt, 2009), as well as a large number of Summer Courses between 2005 and 2010.

As an internationally recognized specialist in the field of Baroque music, particularly in the field of interdisciplinary Bach‑research, he is (and has been) the supervisor of a number of Ph.D. students, of which Tassilo Erhardt’s Ph.D. thesis (Utrecht 2005, with honors) was awarded with the so-called Studieprijs of the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum.

Being of the opinion that presenting the results of research within international academic circles as well as coming into personal contact with colleagues from abroad is very important, the supervising of Ph.D. students has also led to the presentation of a substantial number of papers at national and international scholarly conferences in continental Europe as well as in Scandinavia, Great Britain (e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester), and the USA (e.g. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.).

In addition to the supervision of his own Ph.D. candidates, he has been advising a Ph.D. student from Russia (research theme: Baroque influences in the organ music of Mendelssohn and contemporaries) and a Post-doc from Hungary (research theme: Studies of early Dutch and German Sources concerning the Baroque Affectenlehre). Of the many M.A. dissertations he has been supervising in Utrecht, approximately 50% graduated with honors, and two were awarded the M.A. Thesis Prize of the Utrecht Faculty of Arts. Coaching Ph.D. and M.A. students also led to the publication by these students of original research in several national and international scholarly journals​.


​Ph.D. Supervision

As Co-promoter:

  • Dr. Thijs Kramer, Zahlenfiguren im Werk Johann Sebastian Bachs. 10 October 2000.
  • Prof. Dr. Anne Leahy (), Text-Music Relationships in the ‘Leipzig’ Chorales of Johann Sebastian Bach. 28 November 2002.
  • Prof. Dr. Isabella van Elferen, Von Laura zum himmlischen Bräutigam. Der petrarkische Diskurs in Dichtung und Musik des deutschen Barock. 26 September 2003.

As Promoter:

  • Prof. Dr. Tassilo Erhardt, “A Most Excellent Subject”. Händels Messiah im Licht von Charles Jennens’ theologischer Bibliothek. 21 March 2005, with honors.
  • Dr. Rutger graaf van Randwijck, LLM, Music in Context. Four Case Studies. 17 June 2008.
  • Dr. ir. Ralph Henssen, Trompetters en tamboers in de Zeeuwse zeevaart ten tijde van de Republiek.  16 May 2011.
  • Dr. Marcel Zwitser, Göttliche Liebes=Flamme. De lutherse leer van de Heilige Geest en haar invloed op Johann Sebastian Bach. 23 November 2012.

  • Dr. Bart van Buitenen, Orgelcultuur in een Deltagebied. Vijf Casestudies. 22 November 2013.

  • Dr. Rémy Syrier, De orgelmakers Joseph en Adam Binvignat. Maastrichtse orgelbouw in de nadagen van het ancien régime en in het begin van de moderne tijd. 3 September 2014.

  • Dr. Steffen Voss, Studien zur Kirchenmusik und weltlichen Vokalmusik im Hamburg der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts. 3 November 2014.

  • Dr. Felix Pachlatko, Das Orgelbüchlein von Johann Sebastian Bach. Strukturen und innere Ordnung. 10 November 2014.

  • Dr. Gerben Gritter, Christian Müller. Orgelmaker in Amsterdam. 23 December 2014.​

Promotions still to follow in 2015: 

  •          Balázs Szabó, Interpretationsfragen im Orgelwerk Max Regers im Lichte der von Karl Straube begründeten Tradition. 2 December 2015.

large number of  further Ph.D. students guided by Albert Clement are expected to earn their Ph.D. degree in the years 2016-2018.​

Memberships of Professional/Scholarly Organizations

  • 1981-present: Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen (KZGW) [Royal Zeeland Society of Sciences] (Board member 1993-1999)
  • 1984-present: Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM)

  • 1986-present: Neue Bach Gesellschaft

  • 1990-1994: Koninklijke Nederland­se Organistenvereniging, Department Zeeland (Chairman)

  • 1991-2003: International Society for Theological Bach Research [Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für theologische Bachfor­schung e.V.] (President 1999-2003)

  • 1991-2014: Werkgroep Muziek [Music Department] of the KZGW (Chairman 1991-2003)

  • 1993-present: Commissie Orgel­concerten Middelburg (Founder and Chairman)

  • 1995-present: Editorial Board member (period 1600-1800) of the Journal of the KVNM

  • 2000-present: American Bach Society

  • 2004-present: Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde

  • 2004-present: Expert of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen [KNAW] / Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences​

  • 2004-2012: Stichting Vrienden van de Zeeuwse Bibliotheek (chairman)
  • 2005: Stichting Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinckprijs (Artistic Comittee member)
  • 2006-2012: Stichting Josquin des Prez (Board member)
  • 2009-2012: Stichting Promotie Koorcultuur Zuidwest Nederland [Koorplein Zeeland] (Founder and Chairman)​

Some Publications (out of +300 in total):

  • Albert Clement: "O Jesu, du edle Gabe". Studien zum Verhältnis von Text und Musik in den Choralpartiten und den Kanonischen Veränderungen von Johann Sebastian Bach (Ph.D. Disserta­tion, Utrecht 1989) [282 pp.]

  • Albert Clement, general editor: Exempla Musica Zelandica. Music series of the Royal Zeeland Society of Sciences (1992-present; VIII Vols. appeared, each with an Introduction in English).

  • Albert Clement: "A Case of Liturgical Practice in Johann Sebastian Bach's Home? - The four Duets BWV 802-805", Ars et Musica in Liturgia. Essays presented to Casper Honders on His Seventieth Birthday, eds. Frans Brouwer & Robin A. Leaver (Metuchen NJ & London 1994), pp. 32-55.

  • Albert Clement & Eric Jas, eds.: From Ciconia to Sweelinck. Donum natalicium Willem Elders, (Amsterdam / Atlanta 1994) [XIII+391 pp.]

  • Albert Clement, ed.: Das Blut Jesu und die Lehre von der Versöhnung im Werk Johann Sebastian Bachs / The Blood of Jesus and the Doctrine of Reconciliation in the Works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Proceedings of the International Colloquium, Amsterdam, 14-17 September 1993 [Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - Verhandelin­gen, Afd. Letterkunde, Nieuwe reeks, deel 164] (Amsterdam / Oxford / New York / Tokyo 1995) [XII & 304 pp.]

  • Albert Clement, Arno Forchert, Martin Petzoldt: Wege Zu Bach. II. Folge - Drei Aufsätze [= Societas Bach Internationalis, Jahresgabe 1995] (Stuttgart 1995).

  • Albert Clement: Der dritte Teil der Clavierübung von Johann Sebastian Bach. Musik - Text - Theolo­gie (Middelburg 1999) [xii & 450 pp.]

  • Albert Clement: ‘Bach en de theologie’, R. Nauta (ed.), Bach en de theologie. Een verkenning van geloof en gevoel (Nijmegen 2001), pp. 74-115.

  • Albert Clement: ‘Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: een stadsorganist van wereldfaam tussen calvinisme en ka­tho­li­cis­me’, Louis Peter Grijp (ed.), Een muziekgeschiedenis der Nederlanden (Amsterdam 2001), pp. 182-190.

  • Albert Clement: "On the Inner Correlation of BWV 645-650 and its Significance", BACH. Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Vol. 34/2 (2003), pp. 1-62.

  • Albert Clement, Over Bach, Boeken en Barbaren [Inaugural lecture Utrecht, 21 March 2005] Amsterdam 2005 (26 pp.).

  • Albert Clement, ‘Johann Sebastian Bach and the Praise of God: Some Thoughts on the Canon Triplex BWV 1076’, Dan Zager (ed.), Music and Theology. Essays in Honor of Robin A. Leaver (Lanham, Maryland / Toronto / Plymouth 2007), pp. 147-168.

  • Albert Clement, ‘Mendelssohn and Bach’s Matthew Passion. Its Performance, Reception, and the Presence of 70 original Choral Parts in the Netherlands’, Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke VNM 59/2 (2009), pp. 141-155.

  • Albert Clement, ‘Music as a Liberal Art and the Invention of the Telescope’,  A. van Helden, S. Dupré, R. van Gent, H. Zuidervaart (eds.), The Origins of the Telescope [= History of Science and Scholarship in the Netherlands Series, Vol. 12] (KNAW Press, Amsterdam 2010), pp. 321-340.

  • Albert Clement & Eric Jas, eds., Josquin and the Sublime. Proceedings of the International Symposium at Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg, 12-15 July 2009. [Centre d’études supérieures de la renaissance. Collection ‘épitome musical’] (Turnhout, Brepols 2011).

  • Albert Clement, ‘De comeback van Pieter Bustijn. Een Zeeuwse organist en componist van wereldfaam’, Zeeuws Tijdschrift 62, nr. 1-2 (2012), pp. 28-30.

  • Albert Clement, ‘Over Vrijheid, Vrijmetselarij en Vrije Kunsten’, Zeeuws Tijdschrift 64, nr. 4-5 (2014), pp. 23-25.
  • Albert Clement, ed., Studies in Baroque. Festschrift Ton Koopman (Dr. J. Butz Verlag, Bonn, 2014). [392 pp.]

  • Albert Clement,  ‘An Ingenious Father Figure to Bach: Buxtehude and his Chorale Fantasia Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein.’ In: Albert Clement, ed., Studies in Baroque. Festschrift Ton Koopman (Bonn, 2014), pp. 137-159.

  • Albert Clement, ‘Gradus ad Lipsias: Zum Fux-Verständnis in Bachs Kreisen’. In: T. Erhardt (Hrsg.), Sakralmusik im Habsburgerreich 1570-1770 [Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien 2013), pp. 53-68.
  • Albert Clement, Eine geniale Vaterfigur für Bach: Buxtehude und seine Choralfantasie Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein. In: Buxtehude-Studien I [Internationale Buxtehude-Gesellschaft] (2015), pp. 107-130.
  • ​Albert Clement, [articles on a number of composers in:] The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2005-)
  • Albert Clement, [articles on a number of composers in:] Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. (Bärenreiter, Kassel etc. 1994-)​

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Professor of Musicology

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