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About Jeffrey Kurtzman
Jeffrey Kurtzman earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research, supported by fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, ACLS, DAAD, Rice University, Washington University, the University of Venice and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, is centered on Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries, aesthetics, and criticism. Professor Kurtzman has published books on the Monteverdi Vespers and critical editions of the Monteverdi Vespers, Monteverdi Masses, a 10-volume series of Seventeenth-Century Italian Music for Vespers and Compline; a book of essays on Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Italian sacred music, a book of essays on Monteverdi, a monograph on instruments in Venetian processions and ceremonies of the 16th and 17th centuries; and numerous articles on 16th- and 17th-century Italian music. Together with Anne Schnoebelen he has published a detailed catalogue of some 2000 prints published in Italy of music for the mass, office and Holy Week, 1516-1770 in the series Instrumenta of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music. He is also the General Editor of the Opera Omnia of Alessandro Grandi published by the American Institute of Musicology and General Editor for Special Projects of the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music. Professor Kurtzman received Rice University's Phi Beta Kappa and George R. Brown awards for Excellence in Teaching. The founder of the international Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, he currently serves on the Editorial Boards of their Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music and the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, and has been named an Honorary Life Member by the Society. He also serves on the advisory boards of several early music performing ensembles and as a pianist, regularly performs chamber music in the St. Louis area.
Books, Monographs, and Catalogue
As editor: Selected Papers of the Frankfurt Monteverdi Conference (2009), Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, vol. 18, 2015
Studies in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Italian Sacred Music, Ashgate Publishing, 2014
A Catalogue of Mass, Office and Holy Week Music Printed in Italy, 1516-1770, with Anne Schnoebelen, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music: Instrumenta 2, 2014
Approaches to Monteverdi: Aesthetic, Psychological, Analytical and Historical Studies, Ashgate Publishing, 2013
“Trombe, Trombe d'argento, Trombe squarciate, Tromboni, and Pifferi in Venetian Processions and Ceremonies of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” with Linda Maria Koldau, The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, 8/1 (2002).
As editor: The Patronage of Sacred Music in Seventeenth-Century Italy, special issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 6/1 (2001).
The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: Music, Context, and Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Essays on the Monteverdi Mass and Vespers of 1610 (Houston: Rice University Studies, 1978).
Seventeenth-Century Italian Music for Vespers and Compline. 10 volumes, Garland Publishing, Inc, 1995-2003.
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Claudio Monteverdi: Missa in illo tempore. Stuttgart: Carus-Verlag, 1994.
Claudio Monteverdi: Mass in F. Stuttgart: Carus-Verlag, 1992.
Claudio Monteverdi: Gloria a 7. Stuttgart: Carus-Verlag, 1992.
"Toward an Understanding of Cleffing, Pitch and Sonority in the Vocal Music of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli," forthcoming in proceedings of 2012 conference Alla Schola del Signor Giovanni Gabrieli, in Musica Veneta online.
“The Effect on Italian Liturgical Music of the Council of Trent (1562), the Breviarium Romanum (1568), the Missale Romanum (1570), and the Caeremoniale Episcoporum (1600),” forthcoming in the conference report for the 2011Valencia conference commemorating 400th anniversary of death of Juan de Ribera.
“Cleffing, Ranges and Transposition in Giovanni Croce’s Published Sacred Music Collections with Organ,” with Michael Proctor, forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 2010 Levi Foundation conference on the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Croce and Giammateo Asola.
“Polyphonic Psalm Structures in Seventeenth-Century Italian Office Music,” forthcoming in papers from 2009 Weimar Conference “Musik als Aufbruch.”
“Collected Works of Claudio Monteverdi: the Malipiero and Cremona Editions” forthcoming in Musik-Editionen als Spiegel der Editionsgeschichte (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag).
“Musiche per l’Ufficio nelle edizione italiane a stampa (1542-1735)” forthcoming in Selected Papers of the International Association of Music Libraries Conference, Naples 2008, June 2013
“The Performance of Eight-Voice and Polychoral Psalmody with Instruments in Italy and its Role in the Development of the Concertato Style in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries,” ‘Hands-On” Musicology: Essays in Honor of Jeffery Kite-Powell (Ann Arbor: Steglein Publishing, 2012), 169-211.
“The Psychic Disintegration of a Demi-God: The Expression of the Conscious and the Unconscious in Alessandro Striggio’s and Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo,” in Consciousness and Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 343-74.
“Monteverdi’s Missing Sacred Music: Evidence and Conjectures” The Musicologist and Source Documentary Evidence: A Book of Essays in Honour of Professor Piotr Pozniak on his 70th Birthday, ed. Zofia Fabianska, Jakub Kubieniec, Andrzej Sitarz, Piotr Wilk (Karków: Musica Iagellonica, 2009), 187-208.
“Monteverdi’s Mass of Thanksgiving: Da Capo,” Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (Ann Arbor: Harmonie Park Press, 2009), 95-128.
“A Monteverdi Vespers in 1611,” with Licia Mari, Early Music 36 (November 2008), 1-9.
“The Iagoization of Otello: A Study in Verdi’s Musical Translation of Shakespeare’s Linguistic Dramaturgy,” in Sonic Transformations of Literary Works (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 2008), 69-101.