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  • Peter Urquhart is a musicologist and conductor. He studied composition, performance and music history and received degrees in musicology and conducting from Westminster Choir College and Smith College, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His academic research centers on problems of pitch and structure in Franco-Flemish music of the 15th and 16th centuries. He is an associate professor at UNH where he teaches history and theory, and runs the T-Hall Carillon; he is also the director of Capella Alamire, an ensemble specializing in the performance of Renaissance music, and the UNH-based ensemble Alamire Consort. For the work behind the first of Capella Alamire's eight recordings, he won the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award. He is also one of the editors of the New Josquin Edition (Utrecht). Sabbatical grants from the NEH and from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton have resulted in a book about non-notated accidentals in music, c.1500, the so-called "musica ficta" problem, in press in 2019 (Peeters).
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2015 Issues of Counterpoint in Gombert's Missa Tempore paschaliJournal of Musicology.  32:410-439. 2015
    2015 Remarks on some chansons by Jean Mouton, and related mattersTijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis.  65:37-65. 2015
    2012 Ad Fugam, De Orto, and a Defense of the 'Early Josquin'Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis.  3-3. 2012
    2011 Evidence contrary to the a cappella hypothesis for the 15th-century chansonEarly Music.  39:359-+. 2011
    2010 Evidence in Support of Choral Singing of Polyphony c. 1500Marvinschrift; a festschrift for Jameson Marvin, Harvard Univ..  41-47. 2010
    2007 The persistence of exact canon throughout the sixteenth centuryCollected Work: Canons and canonic techniques, 14th–16th centuries: Theory, practice, and reception history. Series: Analysis in context: Leuven studies in musicology, No. 1 Published by: Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2007.; Published by: Dudley, MA, United States: Peeters, 2007. Pages: 171-196. (AN: 2007-04017).2007
    2004 Another impolitic observation on Absalon, fili miJournal of Musicology.  21:343-380. 2004
    2003 Forbidden intervals in Josquin: Evidence from the Alamire sourcesCollected Work: The Burgundian-Habsburg court complex of music manuscripts (1500–1535) and the workshop of Petrus Alamire. (AN: 2003-08698)..  5:233-245. 2003
    1999 Chromatic beauty in the late medieval chanson: An interpretation of manuscript accidentalsNotes.  55:645-647. 1999
    1999 False concords in BusnoysCollected Work: Antoine Busnoys: Method, meaning, and context in late medieval music. Published by: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press, 1999. Pages: 361-387. (AN: 1999-15178).1999
    1997 Calculated to please the ear: Ockeghem's canonic legacyTijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis.  47:72-98. 1997
    1997 Musica ficta (15th-16th centuries)Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.  6. 1997
    1997 The music of silenceGeorgia Review.  51:73-78. 1997
    1997 Three sample problems of editorial accidentals in chansons by Busnoys and OckeghemCollected Work: Music in Renaissance cities and courts: Studies in honor of Lewis Lockwood. Series: Detroit monographs in musicology/Studies in music, No. 18 Published by: Warren, MI: Harmonie Park, 1997. Pages: 465-481. (AN: 1997-04381).1997
    1995 BORN FOR THE MUSES - THE LIFE AND MASSES OF OBRECHT,JACOB - WEGMAN,RCEarly Music.  23:697-699. 1995
    1994 AURAL IMAGES OF LOST TRADITIONS - SHARPS AND FLATS IN THE 16TH-CENTURY - TOFT,RNotes.  51:109-112. 1994
    1994 A CORRESPONDENCE OF RENAISSANCE MUSICIANS - BLACKBURN,BJ, LOWINSKY,EE, MILLER,CAJournal of Musicological Research.  14:93-97. 1994
    1994 An accidental flat in Josquin's Sine nomine MassCollected Work: From Ciconia to Sweelinck: Donum natalicium Willem Elders. Published by: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 1994.; Series: Chloe: Beihefte zum Daphnis, No. 21 Published by: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 1994. ISSN: 0168-9878. Pages: 125-144. (AN: 1994-02537).1994
    1993 CROSS-RELATIONS BY FRANCO-FLEMISH COMPOSERS AFTER JOSQUIN + RENAISSANCE MUSICTijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis.  43:3-41. 1993
    1993 ESSAYS ON ITALIAN MUSIC IN THE CINQUECENTO - CHARTERIS,R, EDITORRenaissance Quarterly.  46:210-214. 1993
    1992 Antoine Busnoys: Collected Works, ed. by Richard Taruskin (New York, 1990)Historical Performance.  5:96-100. 1992
    1989 Musica ficta: Theories of accidental inflections in vocal polyphony from Marcheto da Padova to Gioseffo ZarlinoHistorical performance: The journal of Early Music America.  2:35-38. 1989
    1987 'LIBER II, SACRARUM CANTIONUM CUM SEX VOCIBUS, VENETIIS 1587' (OPERA, NEW COMPLETE EDITION, SER-A-6) - MONTE,PD, STEINHARDT,M, EDITORNotes.  44:145-148. 1987
    1987 'MISSA ADIEU MES AMOURS, MISSA AVE REGINA CELORUM', (NEW EDITION OF THE COLLECTED WORKS, 1) - OBRECHT,J, HUDSON,B, EDITORNotes.  44:145-148. 1987
    1974 The mechanism of β-hydride elimination from transition metal alkyls (d8): Kinetic deuterium isotope effectJournal of Organometallic Chemistry.  81:C37-C39. 1974

    Article

    Year Title
    1993 Missa De beata Virgine 1993

    Book

    Year Title
    2012 New Josquin edition. [Zu] Vol. 12 Canonic masses ... Critical commentary.  Ed. Urquhart, Peter.  2012
    Sound and Sense in Franco-Flemish Music of the Renaissance: Sharps, Flats, and the Problem of "Musica ficta"

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2005 Susato's Le septiesme livre (1545) and the persistence of exact canon 2005
    2000 Canon.  581-639. 2000

    Teaching Activities

  • Music of the Baroque Taught course 2019
  • Theory II Taught course 2019
  • Music of the Renaissance Taught course 2018
  • Theory II Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Music Taught course 2018
  • Music of the Classical Period Taught course 2018
  • Musicology Seminar Taught course 2017
  • Theory II Taught course 2017
  • Music of the Baroque Taught course 2016
  • Theory II Taught course 2016
  • Music of the Renaissance Taught course 2016
  • Theory II Taught course 2016
  • Theory II Taught course 2015
  • Research Seminar Taught course 2015
  • Theory II Taught course 2015
  • Theory Seminar Taught course 2015
  • Read Music History 1600-1820 Taught course 2014
  • Research Seminar Taught course 2014
  • Theory II Taught course 2014
  • Readings Music History to 1600 Taught course 2014
  • Theory I Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • A.B. Chemistry, Princeton University
  • M.A. Music, Smith College
  • M.M. Conducting, Westminster Choir College
  • Ph.D. Music, Harvard University
  • Full Name

  • Peter Urquhart