Claude V. Palisca

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Claude Victor Palisca (Nov 24, 1921, Fiume, Italy -– Jan 11, 2001) was an internationally recognized authority on early music, especially opera of the renaissance and baroque periods, and was Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music at Yale University. His 1968 book Baroque Music in the Prentice-Hall history of music series ran to three editions.

Palisca was born in Fiume, (in what is now Rijeka, Croatia) in 1921. He studied at Queens College, New York, and Harvard, where he achieved a Doctorate in 1954. From 1953-1959 he taught at the University of Illinois, whence he moved to Yale University. From 1969-1975 (and again in 1992) he chaired the Faculty of Music at Yale. He lectured throughout the US and Europe and held visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Zagreb and the University of Barcelona. On retirement he was appointed Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music at Yale.

From 1970-1972 he was president of the American Musicological Society. In addition to directing the Yale music curriculum he consulted for the U.S. Office of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His musicological writings included numerous publications in the academic musical press and a number of books, some co-authored with Donald Jay Grout and others. He edited The Norton Anthology of Western Music: Ancient to Baroque. In 1994 Clarendon Press republished a series of his most-cited papers, stating:

"Claude V. Palisca has long been acknowledged as a leading authority on Italian music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. These nineteen essays, originally published between 1956 and 1989, draw together a body of significant research into Italian music and music theory, and make readily available papers widely scattered and most now out-of-print. They have further been selected because of their relevance to current research, as evidenced by their continued citation in publications and dissertations."

Selected bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  • Yale Bulletin
  • Claude V.Palisca (1921–2001), Mathiesen, Early Music 2001; XXIX: 328-329