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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 specializes in medieval and Renaissance music, its notation, theory, sources, and archival documentation, and its place in urban life and at courts. Her research has taken her to most major libraries and archives in Europe and to many in the United States, and more recently, to Mexico. She teaches early music notation and seminars on composers (Ciconia, Du Fay, Josquin), music in the medieval and Renaissance city, and musical settings of the Mass from Machaut to Bernstein.

A past Vice President, Program Chair, and Member of the Directorium of the International Musicological Society, and Chair of the IMS Study Group ‘Cantus planus’, Dr. Haggh-Huglo has a list of more than 100 publications (see RILM and the link to her bibliography below) resulting from grants from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, ACLS, American Philosophical Society, British Academy, IREX, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leverhulme Foundation, NEH, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Région Poitou-Charente (held at the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale in Poitiers, France). Her dissertation on music in late-medieval Brussels, a city from which only fragments of polyphony survive, led to further archival studies: her forthcoming book, Recollecting the Virgin Mary in Music: Guillaume Du Fay's Chant across Five Centuries, includes  an edition with extensive commentary of a new Marian office by Gilles Carlier and Guillaume Du Fay from 1458 that she rediscovered and traces the singing of this office and its reformed version to more than 70 churches from the 15th to the 20th century; another nearly completed book, Of Abbeys and Aldermen: Music in Ghent to 1559, explains how music participated in major historical developments of the 9th, 11th, 13th, and 16th centuries using the Flemish city of Ghent as an example. Her edition of two 13th-century offices for St. Elizabeth of Hungary inaugurated the series ‘Historiae’ of the Institute of Mediaeval Music, now with more than 25 volumes published; her edition of the historia for St. Hilary of Poitiers in this series is forthcoming.

Dr. Haggh-Huglo has also edited 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 was a major contributor to several exhibition catalogues, including one of an exhibition Michel Huglo designed with her. She initiated the publication of an edition by C. Meyer and translation by K. Desmond of the treatise attributed to Lambertus / Aristoteles, for which she translated Dr. Meyer’s Introduction and Commentary (RMA Monographs 2015), and 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 articles are on topics as diverse as Aurelian of Réôme’s Musica disciplina, music theory in medieval libraries, musician secretaries, local economies and music, processions and theater in the Low Countries, the Marian office of the Order of the Golden Fleece she rediscovered and Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Lamb’, liturgical nonconformity in Cambrai, and the first antiphoner printed in Paris. Her most recent articles concern the music theoretical background for chant performance and composition in the 9th and 10th centuries and saints’ offices. Dr. Haggh-Huglo also published many articles with her late husband, Michel Huglo (d. 2012), including a new interpretation of the famous manuscript of 13th-century polyphony, “F” (Revue de musicologie 2004), which they claimed was a gift to King Louis IX on the occasion of the Dedication of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. She is completing Michel Huglo's dictionary of medieval musical terms in four languages, Le latin musicologique, and his list of manuscript sources of the musical diagrams of Plato’s Timaeus.

Dr. Haggh-Huglo serves on the editorial boards of two book series, Historiae (as noted above) and Musicalia medii aevi, and of the periodicals Journal of the Alamire Foundation, Musica disciplinaPlainsong & 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.

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