Jessie Ann Owens, musicologist and Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, together with soprano Elena Cecchi Fedi and the Ensemble Euphrasia, will explore relationships between poetry and music in madrigals by Cipriano de Rore, arguably the most important composer in mid-sixteenth-century Italy. Participants in this informal workshop will hear performances of madrigals and readings of sonnets by Petrarch and petrarchisti.
Jessie Ann Owens is professor of music and former dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is author of Composers at Work: The Craft of Musical Composition 1450-1600 (1997), the first systematic investigation of compositional process in early music, and numerous articles on Renaissance music and music theory. In 1979-80 she was a fellow at Villa I Tatti. She has served as president of the American Musicological Society and the Renaissance Society of America, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.