Peter van Tour


Associate Professor


Composition, Music Theory and Music Technology Department


Aural Training

Research / Working Group

Music Theory and Aural Training


Phone: 23407244
Office: 444

Research Areas / Expertise

As a musicologist and music theorist, Peter has specialized in aural training pedagogy, counterpoint pedagogy and historic improvisation and composition.

He studied Choral conducting and Music Pedagogy (Master Exam, 1988) at Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg. In addition to this, Peter has taken Master Degrees in Musicology (University of Utrecht, 1990) and in Music Theory (KMH, Stockholm, 2008). He also studied church music at Ersta Sköndals Högskola in Stockholm (vocational organist diploma, 2006). In 1995, Peter co-founded The Gotland School of Music Composition, where he has been teaching Music Theory until 2014.

Peter has received wide plaudits for his PhD dissertation Counterpoint and Partimento: Methods of Teaching Composition in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples (Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Uppsala, 2015), which highlights the practical teaching strategies at the Neapolitan conservatories during the late eighteenth century. For this dissertation Peter was awarded the Hilding Rosenberg Award of Musicology by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016.

Peter's current research focusses on the pedagogy of improvisation in the circles around Johann Sebastian Bach and will lead to the publication of a monograph, entitled The Improvised Fugue.


“The lost Art of Partimento.” Review of the monograph The Art of Partimento by Giorgio Sanguinetti (Oxford University Press, 2012), in Early Music, May/2013.

Doctoral Dissertation. Counterpoint and Partimento: Methods of Teaching Composition in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples. Studia Musicologica Upsaliensia. Nova Series 25. (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015).

Research Database UUPart: The Uppsala Partimento Database project, (Uppsala, 2014–17).

Research Database UUSolf: The Uppsala Solfeggio Database project, (Uppsala, 2014–17).

”Partimento Teaching according to Francesco Durante, investigated through the earliest Manuscript Sources,” in: Studies in Historical Improvisation: From Cantare Super Librum to Partimento. Edited by Massimiliano Guido (London: Routledge, 2017).

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala: Complete Edition with Critical Commentary. Edited by Peter van Tour (Two printed volumes, ca. 350 pages). Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Studia Musicologica Upsaliensia. Nova Series 27:1 and 27:2 (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensos, 2017).

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