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IU Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature announces new lecture series

Nov. 14, 2013

Jan Herlinger

Jan Herlinger

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes Jan Herlinger, the Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor Emeritus of Music at Louisiana State University, who will present the inaugural lectures in the new series Musica est ars sive scientia organized by the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature.

In collaboration with the IU Medieval Studies Institute, renowned medievalist and musicologist Herlinger will speak about the lives, works and legacy of two important musical figures from late-medieval Italy: Marchetto of Padua and Prosdocimo de' Beldomandi.

"Marchetto and Prosdocimo: A Musician and an Astronomer on Music in Medieval Padua" will be presented at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, in the IU Lilly Library. A reception will follow.

"Marchetto of Padua: The Legacy of a Fourteenth-Century Musician and Theorist" will be presented at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Jacobs School's Ford-Crawford Hall.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

In celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature has established this interdisciplinary lecture series designed to encourage collaboration among scholars from multiple schools and departments within Indiana University that are interested in exploring the relationship of music to the liberal arts and sciences.

Each year, a guest speaker will be invited to give two public lectures aimed at scholars working in different disciplines, as well as for the general public.

Herlinger has edited, translated and written widely on medieval music theory.

He has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia, the New Oxford History of Music, the Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Acta Musicologica and Music Theory Spectrum.

Herlinger served as a member of the Board of the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, a project hosted by the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature, from its inception.

Special thanks to the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study for its support and to the Lilly Library for hosting the inaugural lecture in this series.

Read more about the lectures.