Professor Mary Beth Winn Receives Award for Thomasii Crequillonis Opera omnia

At its annual meeting on November 3, 2012, the American Musicological Society awarded its 2012 Claude Palisca Award to Mary Beth Winn, Professor of French Studies, along with collaborators Laura Youens, Professor of Music at The George Washington University, and Barton Hudson, Professor Emeritus of Music at West Virginia University, for their critical edition of Thomasii Crequillonis Opera omnia, Vols. 18 and 20. These two volumes, published in 2011 by the American Institute of Musicology, conclude the 7-volume edition of chansons by the Renaissance composer Thomas Crecquillon.  Musician and chaplain at the court of Emperor Charles V from c. 1540-50, Crecquillon composed 12 masses and 124 motets in addition to 214 chansons, setting to music texts by some of the most celebrated poets of Renaissance France. More than 230 sources, both manuscript and print, attest to the wide dissemination and popularity of his chansons.

The Claude V. Palisca Award annually honors a scholarly edition or translation in the field of musicology deemed by a committee of scholars to “best exemplify the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, logic and clarity of thought, and communication.”  This is the first time the prize has been awarded to a team of scholars.  Their landmark publication offers a thorough critical edition of both the poems and the music of Crecquillon’s songs, and represents the culmination of more than 20 years of collaborative research.

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Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures



11-21-2012