Renaissance Music and Musicology: Challenges and Opportunities

Laurie Stras

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In Summer 2002, when the International Musicological Society (IMS) gathered for its quiquennial meeting in Leuven, I was still a relatively junior scholar, with only a few grants and publications to my name. My presentation, "When Is a Madrigal Not a Madrigal?," focused on challenging the status of the musical score, which for over a century had been the primary tool for the study, analysis and performance of Renaissance music. After one set of afternoon sessions, I was thrilled to find myself walking next to Jessie Anne Owens, who generously engaged me in conversation (here I paraphrase): "I'm so glad," she said, "that you have decided to devote yourself to The What." "What?" I replied, confused. "The What," she repeated. "It used to be that every musicologist wanted to study Renaissance," and they say 'The What'."
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Specialist publicationI Tatti Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


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