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The study of music, “musicology,” is a relatively new discipline in academe, beginning in late nineteenth-century Germany. In the second half of the twentieth century, “ethnomusicology” became a viable academic discipline spawning a scholarly literature for the study of all musics not treated by traditional (“historical”) musicology. Oxford Bibliographies in Music takes a pragmatic approach, based on the past and emerging literature about music: if authors have found something they define as music worthy of serious study, it is music.
Oxford Bibliographies in Music combines the best features of a high-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography in a style tailored to meet the needs of today’s online researchers. Each article, written and reviewed by top scholars in the field, is rich with citations and annotations, expert recommendations, and narrative pathways to the most important works for virtually all areas of music.
Editor in Chief
Kate van Orden specializes in the cultural history of early modern France, Italy, and the Mediterranean, popular music (mostly 16th-century, but also in the 1960s), and cultural mobility. With Kay Kaufman Shelemay, she co-edits Musics in Motion, a book series devoted to music and migration in all times and places. Her latest project is Seachanges: Music in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds, 1550-1800 (2021), an edited volume of connected music histories working at the expanded scale of seas and oceans. Her prize-winning publications include Materialities: Books, Readers, and the Chanson in 16th-c. Europe (Oxford, 2015), Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France (Chicago, 2005), and articles in Renaissance Quarterly and Early Music History. Among her recent distinctions are a Senior Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center (2017-18) and a French Medaille d’Honneur for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of the Renaissance. She is the newly-elected President of the International Musicological Society and will serve 2022-2027. van Orden is also a professional musician. She grew up playing bassoon on a sheep farm in Iowa and studied music in The Netherlands, where she began her career; you can hear her in concerts with period instrument bands and in recordings on Sony, Virgin Classics, and Harmonia Mundi.
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