Mary Beth Winn, Professor of French Studies (Languages, Literatures and Cultures), has collaborated with musicologists Barton Hudson, Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University, and Laura Youens, Professor at George Washington University, to publish the chansons of the renowned Renaissance composer Thomas Crecquillon. The final two volumes of the seven-volume set were issued in October 2011 by the American Institute of Musicology, sponsor of authoritative scholarly editions of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. This landmark publication offers a thorough critical edition of both the poems and the music of Crecquillon’s songs, and it represents the culmination of nearly 20 years of collaborative research. 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. He set to music texts by some of the most celebrated poets of Renaissance France, including Clément Marot. More than 230 sources, both manuscript and print, attest to the wide dissemination and popularity of his chansons.
Professor Winn received her Ph.D. in French Studies from Yale University. She is a noted scholar in late medieval and Renaissance literature and printing, with a particular interest in the relationship between literature and other arts. She is the recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous other grants. In 2003, the University at Albany recognized Professor Winn for her outstanding research and sustained record of high quality scholarship with an Award for Excellence in Research.