Jeffrey Kurtzman’s full lecture, complete with HD video musical examples, from the Voices of Music Venetian Vespers concert, December, 2013.
Jeffrey Kurtzman earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research, supported by fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, ACLS, DAAD, Rice University, Washington University, the University of Venice and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, is centered on Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries, aesthetics, and criticism. Professor Kurtzman has published books on the Monteverdi Vespers and critical editions of the Monteverdi Vespers, Monteverdi Masses, a 10-volume series of Seventeenth-Century Italian Music for Vespers and Compline; a book of essays on Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Italian sacred music, a book of essays on Monteverdi, a monograph on instruments in Venetian processions and ceremonies of the 16th and 17th centuries; and numerous articles on 16th- and 17th-century Italian music. Together with Anne Schnoebelen he has published a detailed catalogue of some 2000 prints published in Italy of music for the mass, office and Holy Week, 1516-1770 in the series Instrumenta of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music. He is also the General Editor of the Opera Omnia of Alessandro Grandi published by the American Institute of Musicology and General Editor for Special Projects of the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music. Professor Kurtzman received Rice University’s Phi Beta Kappa and George R. Brown awards for Excellence in Teaching. The founder of the international Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, he currently serves on the Editorial Boards of their Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music and the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, and has been named an Honorary Life Member by the Society. He also serves on the advisory boards of several early music performing ensembles and as a pianist, regularly performs chamber music in the St. Louis area.