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Elizabeth Eva Leach

The Dent Medal: Medal Recipients


For 2013, the Dent Medal is awarded to Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach of St Hugh’s College and Exeter College, Oxford.

With four books – two monographs and two edited volumes – and a host of distinguished articles, Professor Leach has established herself as one of the foremost authorities on the music and poetry of the fourteenth century. Her most recent monograph, Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician (Cornell University Press, 2011), a broad-ranging interdisciplinary study, was awarded the 2012 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America. Her edited volume Machaut’s Music: New Interpretations (Boydell and Brewer, 2003) gained her the Sarah Jane Williams Award of the International Machaut Society (2002), and her article ‘Gendering the Semitone, Sexing the Leading Tone: Fourteenth-Century Music Theory and the Directed Progression’, Music Theory Spectrum, 28/1 (2006), was winner of the Outstanding Publication Award of the Society for Music Theory (US, 2007). From the firm foundation of scholarly endeavour in the fourteenth century, her writing has extended inter alia to later centuries in the articles ‘Unquiet Thoughts: Spenser, Scudamour, and John Dowland’s First Booke of Songes’, Musicology, Medieval to Modern (2012), and ‘Vicars of Wannabe: Authenticity and the Spice Girls’, Popular Music, 21 (2001).

Apart from her remarkable and extensive publication record, Professor Leach has served the scholarly community as co-editor of the journal Plainsong and Medieval Music (CUP) and as chair and council member of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. In addition, she was a founder member of the Medieval Song Project (Institute of Musical Research) and is a director of the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music. Her teaching is characterized by a lively engagement with not just the history and techniques of medieval music, but, as in her research, also broader cultural, historical and philosophical contexts.


For 2012, the Dent Medal is awarded to MICHEL DUCHESNEAU, Professeur titulaire en musicologie and director of the Observatoire Interdisciplinaire de Création et de Recherche en Musique (OICRM) at the University of Montreal.

Professor Duchesneau's work ranges widely over French music and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present day. He is author of the monograph L'avant-garde musicale et ses sociétés à Paris de 1871 à 1939 (Sprimont, 1997), co-editor of Musique et modernité en France (Montreal, 2006) and Musique, art et religion dans l'entre-deux-guerres (Lyons, 2009), and has published numerous articles on French music of the early twentieth century. He is also editor of two volumes of writings by Charles Koechlin: Esthétique et langage musical and Musique et société (Sprimont, 2006 and 2009 respectively). As director of OICRM, and dedicated to the study of the development and management of musical culture from the nineteenth century to the present day, he is responsible for a most fascinating research project on the history of music production. In addition, he is co-founder of RIEEC (Réseau International d'étude des écrits de compositeurs – International Network for Studying the Writings of Composers). Recent research projects include a study of the history of musical aesthetics in France between 1900 and 1950.

Professor Duchesneau's scholarly work is complemented by an energetic engagement with the music of today. He was director of the Quebec Contemporary Music Society from 1997 to 2002, editor of the journal Circuit: Musiques contemporaines from 2000 to 2006, and continues his interest in the creation and reception of the musical avant-garde in Quebec with a socio-musicological study of the city's music scene, focusing particularly on conditions for professional young musicians. In pursuit of enrichment of and connectedness among the international musicological community, Professor Duchesneau has promoted numerous distinguished seminars on aspects of Modernism, aesthetics, genre and the role of technology in music.

A full citation appears in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 138(1), pp.223-224. The Dent Medal Lecture and medal presentation will take place on Friday, 20 September 2013 during the Association's Annual Conference.

Annegret Fauser (Photograph: Mark W. Derewicz)


For 2011, the Dent Medal is awarded to ANNEGRET FAUSER, who has gained a truly international profile as a scholar with a distinguished record of publications and contributions to conferences in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music and women’s studies. She holds posts as Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011 she became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Professor Fauser studied musicology, art history and philosophy at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn (where she received her doctorate in 1992), the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. She was chercheur invité at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris (1992–3) and held fellowships at the University of Melbourne (2001), the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC (2004) and the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin (2009–10). Before joining the faculty at UNC in 2001, she taught musicology at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and City University London.

Her book Der Orchestergesang in Frankreich zwischen 1870 und 1920, published in 1994, was followed by Von Wagner zum wagnérisme: Musik, Literatur, Kunst, Politik, co-edited with Manuela Schwartz (1999); she published Dossier de presse parisienne: Jules Massenet, ‘Esclarmonde’ (1889) in 2001, and a further volume, Dossier de presse: The Parisian Tannhäuser (1861), in 2009. Other important recent publications include her monograph Musical Encounters at the 1889 Paris World's Fair (2005); ‘Music & Identity’ (special issue of the Musical Quarterly, 2006, co-edited with Tamara Levitz); and (co-edited with Mark Everist) Music, Theater, and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830–1914 (2009); as well as numerous journal articles and contributions to symposia. She is currently editing the correspondence between Nadia Boulanger and Aaron Copland, and writing a monograph on music in the United States during the Second World War.

A full citation appears in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 137(1), pp.193-195. A Study Day in honour of Annegret Fauser on the theme of 'Music and War' took place on 5 September 2012.


For 2010, the Dent medal is awarded to MARTIN STOKES, who is University Lecturer in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor of St John's College. He previously taught at Queen's University, Belfast (1989-1997) and the University of Chicago (1997-2007).

His research areas are primarily in ethnomusicology and the anthropology of music, with particular emphasis on social and cultural theory. He is also an organist and qanun player. Much of his work has involved the study of music of the Middle Eastern and Islamic world. He has recently published The Republic of Love: Transformations of Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and is currently working on an introduction to the music of the Middle East for Prentice Hall, as well as a survey of theoretical developments in ethnomusicology (co-authored with Martin Clayton) for Oxford University Press.

His previous publications include The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey (1992), Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place (1994), and (co-edited with Philip Bohlman) Celtic Modern: Music Making at the Global Fringe (2004). His article 'Music and the Global Order', Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 33 (2004), was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize in 2005 by the Society for Ethnomusicology.

A full citation appears in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 136(1), pp.201-203. A study day in honor of Martin Stokes on the theme of 'Emotion and Identity in Music' was held on 17 September 2011.

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