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Musicologist Michael Long appointed to Jacobs School of Music faculty

March 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An award-winning musicologist with research interests that span the worlds of medieval and contemporary culture, Michael Long, has been appointed as a faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He will join the Jacobs School in the fall of 2012.

"We are delighted that Michael Long is joining our faculty," said Distinguished Professor of Music J. Peter Burkholder, who is chair of the Musicology Department. "Michael is one of the top medievalist musicologists in the country who has also done wonderful work on early Renaissance music, film music and the role of classical music in modern culture. He has won two awards from the American Musicological Society, for the best article by a junior scholar and for the best book by a senior scholar. He brings new interests and perspectives to our department, which is already one of the top musicology programs in the country."

With a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Long's research and teaching covers a range of subjects, periods and approaches. Much of his writing has been devoted to European musical repertories of the 14th and 15th centuries.

He received the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society for his article "Symbol and Ritual in Josquin's Missa Di Dadi." Recent essays have investigated the artifacts of 14th-century music pedagogy and music as a metaphor within medieval discourses of financial ethics.

In his book, Beautiful Monsters: Imagining the Classic in Musical Media, Long brought his medievalist's perspective to another area of interest: 20th-century musical vernaculars, including Hollywood film music and classic rock. Beautiful Monsters received the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society in 2009.

Among his current projects are essays on hearing and listening in the 15th century, the modern and postmodern reception of Guillaume de Machaut and a book exploring film scoring and the visionary experience.

A recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching, Long currently holds the Ziegele Chair in Music Scholarship at the University at Buffalo, where he directs the musicology program.

He has also been a member of the faculties of the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University and a visiting professor at Harvard University, Cornell University and the Eastman School of Music.

He is an active member of the American Musicological Society, having served on its council, Einstein and Kinkeldey prize committees and as program chair for its 2010 national meeting in Indianapolis.