Professor Craig Monson
Department of Music
204 Blewett Hall

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New Mexico, Summer 2000

New Mexico, Christmas 2000

Christine Armistead, Sr. Lecturer in Voice, & Craig Monson admire the Music Department's new Santa Fe Campus.

1938 Travelo

1945 Alma

1949 Spartan Manor

1952 Kozy Coach

1960s Travel Queen

Craig Monson

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, M.A. Oxford University, B.A. Yale University

ACLS, NEH, and Griswold grants. Fellow, National Humanities Center. Westrup Prize (England), Marshall Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Fellow (Honorary)

William Byrd, Elizabethan and Jacobean music, Baroque keyboard music, music in Italian nunneries, Native American music.

Books on early 17th-century English music and convent music, editions of Byrd and Antonio Sartorio.

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Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Voci incorporee: Musica e cultura in un convento italiano della prima eta moderna. Trans. R.J. Vargiu Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2010.

Disembodied Voices: Music and Culture in an Early Modern Italian Convent. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Editor. The Crannied Wall: Women, Religion, and the Arts in Early Modern Europe. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Civilization. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992.

Voices and Viols in England, 1600-1650: The Sources and the Music. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1982.
"The Perilous, Enchanting Allure of Convent Singing," in Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities (College Park, MD: University of Maryland Press, 2007), 126-156.
"Another Look at Musical Reform at the Council of Trent," in Palestrina e l'Europa: Atti del III Convegno Internazionale di Studi, ed. Giancarlo Rostirolla, Stefania Soldati, & Elena Zomparelli (Palestrina: Fondazione G. Pierluigi da Palestrina, 2006), 13-43.
"Reading between the Lines: Catholic and Protestant Polemic in Elizabethan and Jacobean Sacred Music," in "Noyses, sounds, and sweet aires": Music in Early Modern England, ed. Jessie Ann Owens (Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library, 2006), 78-89.
"Song in Shakespeare's England" in The World of Baroque Music: New Perspectives, ed. George Stauffer (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006), 1-24.
"Renewal, Reaction, and Reform in Catholic Sacred Music," in European Music 1520-1640, ed. James Haar (London: Boydell and Brewer, 2006), 401-421.
"Families, Convents, Music: The Power of Sisterhood" in Sibling Relations, and Gender in the Early Modern World, ed. Naomi J. Miller and Naomi Yavneh (Ashgate Press, 2006), 40-52.
"Ancora uno sguardo sulle suore musiciste di Bologna" in I monasteri femminili come centri di cultura fra Rinascimento e Barocco, ed. Gianna Pomata and Gabriella Zarri (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2005), 3-26.
"The Artistic Heyday (brief but turbulent) at Santa Maria Nuova in Bologna," Florilegium Musicae: Studi in onore di Carolyn Gianturco, ed. Michael Burden and Patrizia Radicchi (Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 2004), 697-711.
"Putting nun musicians in their place," Women's Voices across Musical Worlds, ed. Jane Bernstein (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004), 118-141.
"Byrd, William," New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: oxford University Press, 2004).
"'The Composer as 'Spy': the Ferraboscos, Gabrielle Paleotti, and the Inquisition," Music and Letters 84 (2003).
"The Council of Trent Revisited," Journal of the American Musicological Society 55 (2002): 1-37.
"Vizzana, Lucrezia" and "Wigthorpe, William," The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev. edition (London: Macmillian, 2000).
"Music in England," "Gibbons, Orlando," "Byrd, William," Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000).
"Organi ed Organiste nei monasteri femminili a Bologna." L'Organo, Rivista di Cultura Organaria e Organistica 25 (1996): 39-120.
"Byrd, the Catholics, and the Motet: the Hearing Reopened." In Hearing the Motet. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
"The Making of Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana's Componimenti Musicali (1623)." In Creative Women in Medieval and Early Modern Italy: A Religious and Artistic Renaissance. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.
"La Practica della musica nei monasteri femminili bolognesi." In La cappella musicale nell, Italia della Controriforma. Cento: Centro Studi G. Baruffaldi, 1993.
"Molti Concerti, Poca Concordia: Monache, Parrocchiani, e Musica nella Chiesa e Convento dei SS. Vitale et Agricola, 1550-1730." In Vitale e Agricola: Il Culto dei Protomartiri di Bologna Attraverso i Secoli. Bologna: EDB, 1993.
"Throughout All Generations: Intimations of Influence in the Short Service Styles of Tallis, Byrd, and Morley." In Byrd Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
"Elena Malvezzi's Keyboard Manuscript: A New Sixteenth-Century Source." Early Music History 9 (1990): 73-128.
"Elizabethan London." In The Renaissance: From the 1470s to the End of the 16th Century. London: Macmillan, 1989.
"Giulio Cesare in Egitto: From Sartorio (1677) to Handel (1724)." Music and Letters 66 (1985): 313-43.
"Authenticity and Chronology in Byrd's Church Anthems." Journal of the American Musicological Society 35(1982): 280-305.
"Through a Glass Darkly: Byrd's Verse Service as Reflected in Manuscript Sources." Musical Quarterly 67 (1981): 64-81.
"The Preces, Psalms, and Litanies of Byrd and Tallis: another Virtuous Contention in Love", Music Review 40 (1979); 257-71.
"George Kirbye and the English Madrigal," Music and Letters 59 (1978): 290-315
"Richard Nicolson: madrigals from the Jacobean Oxford," Early Music 6 (1978): 429-435.
"Thomas Myriell's Manuscript Collection: one View of Musical Taste in Jacobean London," Journal of the American Musicological Society 30 (1977): 419-465.
"Consort Song and Verse Anthem: a Few Performance Problems," Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America 13 (1976): 4-11.
"Byrd and the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae," Musical Times 116 (1975): 1089-1091 and 117 (1976): 65-67.
"Stylistic Inconsistencies in a Kyrie attributed to Dufay," Journal of the American Musicological Society 28 (1975): 245-267
"Eine neuentdeckte Fassung einer Toccata von Muffat," Musikforschung 25 (1972): 465-471.
"Thomas Morley: a new fa-la," Musical Times 93 (1972): 133-135.
Corine Schleif and Volker Schier, Katerina's Windows: Donation and Devotion, Art and Music, As Heard and Seen Through the Writings of a Brigittine Nun. Catholic Historical Review (January 2011): 127-129.
Kelley Harness, Echoes of Women's Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence. Renaissance Studies, 22 (2008): 271-272.
Philip Brett, William Byrd and His Contemporaries: Essays and a Monograph, ed. Joseph Kerman and Davitt Moroney. Renaissance Quarterly 60 (2007): 626-627.
Andrew Ashbee and David Lasocki, A Biographical Dictionary of English Court Musicians, 1485-1714. Sixteenth Century Journal 31(2000): 797-799.
Doughtie, Edward. English Renaissance Song. Shakespeare Quarterly 40 (Spring 1989): 123.
Maynard, Winifred. Elizabethan Lyric Poetry and Its Music. Shakespeare Quarterly 39 (Autumn 1988): 386-90.
"Oliver Neighbour, The Consort and Keyboard Music of William Byrd," Music and Letters 61 (1980): 100-106.
"Philip Ledger, The Oxford Book of English Madrigals," 60 (1979): 492-496.
Sartorio, Antonio. Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Collegium Musicum (Yale University), 2d ser., v. 12. Madison, Wisc.: A-R Editions, 1991.
Byrd, William. The English Anthems. The Byrd edition, v. 11. London: Stainer and Bell, 1983.
Byrd, William. The Great Service. The Byrd edition, v. 10b. 2. London: Stainer and Bell, 1982.
Byrd, William. The English Services. The Byrd edition, v. 10. London: Stainer and Bell, 1980.
Byrd, William. Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Great Service. Tudor church music, TCM 20a. London: Oxford University Press,1980.
Byrd, William. Cantiones Sacrae, 1575. The Byrd Edition, v. 1. London: Stainer and Bell, 1977.

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