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Barbara H. Haggh-Huglo

Professor, Musicology
Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division
B.A. in German, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; B.A. in Music, M.M. in Musicology, Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana

Barbara Haggh-Huglo's many areas of interest, which include topics as diverse as the history of the Marian responsory Gaude Maria Virgo, local economies and music, processions, outdoor plays, early libraries, the printing of chant books, and liturgical nonconformity, derive from her fascination with medieval and Renaissance archives and manuscripts. Her dissertation on music in late-medieval Brussels, a city from which only fragments of polyphony survive, led to further archival studies of music and musicians in Ghent and of the Burgundian Order of the Golden Fleece. She then developed a secondary area in medieval chant and liturgy, with an emphasis on offices for the Virgin Mary and saints. Her most recent articles concern the music theoretical background for chant performance and composition in the ninth and tenth centuries, and medieval psalmody. Dr. Haggh-Huglo also published regularly with her late husband, Michel Huglo, and is completing his book Le Latin musicologique (Beauchesne). Their collaboration resulted in a new interpretation of the meaning and destination of the famous manuscript of Parisian 13th-century polyphony, “F” (Revue de musicologie 2004).

The recipient of grants from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, then ACLS, the American Philosophical Society, British Academy, IREX, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leverhulme Foundation, NEH, and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Dr. Haggh-Huglo has published more than ninety articles (see RILM), an edition of the two earliest offices for St. Elizabeth of Hungary, three collections of articles mostly on archival topics (Musicology and Archival Research, Brussels 1993; Essays on Music and Culture in Honor of Herbert Kellman, Paris 2001; Ars musica septentrionalis, Paris 2011), the proceedings of the 2006 and 2009 meetings of the IMS Study Group Cantus Planus, and she was a major contributor to several exhibition catalogues. More recently, she initiated the project to publish Christian Meyer’s edition of the thirteenth-century theorist, Lambertus / Aristoteles with an English translation by Karen Desmond, for which she translated Dr. Meyer’s Introduction and Commentary (RMA Monographs 2015), and she also contributed to Dr. Meyer’s catalogue of the notated manuscripts of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, vol. 1: Abbeville, Amiens, Arras, Bergues, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cambrai (Brepols, 2015). Her present book, Du Fay’s Legacy in Chant across Five Centuries (Brepols, 2016), is in the final stages of preparation; next will come an edition of the medieval chant composed for St Hilary of Poitiers.

Barbara Haggh-Huglo has served as Program Chair, US Representative to the Directorium, and Vice President of the International Musicological Society, Chair of the IMS Study Group Cantus Planus and Chair of the AMS Capital Chapter. She serves on the editorial boards of two book series, Historiae and Musicalia medii aevi, and the periodicals Journal of the Alamire FoundationMusica disciplinaPlainsong and Medieval Music, and Revue belge de musicologie. She is also on the boards of the online projects CANTUS, RELICS, and Archivum de Musica Medii Aevi

Barbara Haggh-Huglo was on leave spring 2014 as Visiting Researcher of the Région Poitou-Charentes at the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale of the University of Poitiers in France; from June 2015-May 2016 she will take a second leave to complete a book on music in late-medieval Ghent with an NEH Fellowship.

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