Friday, December 13, 2013


Each year, the American Musicological Society names as Honorary Members longstanding members who have made outstanding contributions to further our objectives and the field of musical scholarship. This year there are five:

Karol Berger, Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts, Department of Music, Stanford University. Berger's publications span the music of the Renaissance to philosophical issues of art in our world today. Musica Ficta (Cambridge UP, 2004) received the Otto Kinkeldey Award, and Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow (UC Press, 2008), the Marjorie Weston Emerson Award of the Mozart Society of America. Berger also won the 2011 Glarean-Preis of the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft, for lifetime achievement.
Sarah Fuller, Professor of Music, Stony Brook University. Fuller's significant body of scholarly writings includes studies of Aquitanian polyphony of the twelfth century, the music of Guillaume de Machaut, and medieval and Renaissance music theory. Her research encompasses such disparate issues as Hucbald's modal practices, the definition of musical space in Machaut, aural perception in the late Middle Ages, and the possibility of gendered semitones in the 14th century. Among her many honors, she was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Alejandro Planchart, Professor of Music, emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara. Planchart's remarkable publications on tropes and on the music of the Renaissance, especially on the life and music of Guillaume Du Fay, have inspired a generation of scholars. Among his previous honors and prizes have been a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Howard M. Brown Award (Early Music America), and the Arion Prize (Cambridge Society for Early Music).

Craig Wright, Professor of Music, Yale University. Wright's significant body of scholarly writings range from archival studies of Notre Dame in Paris and music at the 14-century court of Burgundy to a study of the symbolism of the maze in architecture, theology. and music, to a widely used introductory text, Listening to Music. Among his honors are both the Alfred Einstein Award and the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society, and the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association.
Neal Zaslaw, Herbert Gussman Professor of Music, Cornell University. Zaslaw's numerous and influential books and articles on performance practice, and on Mozart and his music, have shaped the way a generation of scholars and music lovers understand this foundational figure, in this country and around the world. His Mozart scholarship now continues with his appointment as principal editor of the revised Köchel catalogue.

Corresponding Members are those who at the time of their election are citizens of countries other than Canada or the United States and who have made particularly notable contributions to furthering the stated object of the American Musicological Society. There is one new Corresponding Member:

Agostino Ziino. This honor recognizes Ziino's research and publications in the field of medieval and Renaissance Italian and French music, perhaps especially regarding the Lauda, but also his discovery of the Turin manuscript T.III.2 at the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria along with other musical manuscripts. His  scholarship also includes important work on the 18th-century festa teatrale in Naples, as well as on such 19th-century figures as Luigi Romanelli and Richard Wagner. He is a past winner of the A. Feltrinelli Award from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and former president of the Italian Musicological Society.

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