University of Pittsburgh

Mary S. Lewis

Professor, Emeritus
PhD, Brandeis University, 1979
lsm [at] pitt [dot] edu


Italian Renaissance Music; Music Printing and Publishing; Music in Society; Early Western Plainchant; Women and Music; Source Studies


Introduction to Historical Musicology; The Sixteenth-Century Motet; Secular Music of the Renaissance; Music in Medieval Institutions; Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Music and Institutions in Sixteenth-Century Venice; Source Studies; Mode in Theory and Practice in the Middle Ages; The Six-Voice Madrigal in the Sixteenth Century; History of Western Music to 1750

Selected Honors/Awards

Vincent Duckles Award, Music Library Association, 2007 (for the best bibliography or reference work of 2005)

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1996.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1995.

Hewlett International Travel Grants, 1993, 1998.

ACLS Grants, 1980, 1987.

Bellet "Apple for the Teacher" Award, 2002.

Bunting Fellowship, Harvard University, 1986.

American Philosophical Society Grant, 1985.

Selected Publications

"Gardano's Mottetti del Frutto of 1538-39 and the Promotion of a New Style," in Recevez ce mien Petit Labeur: Studies in Renaissance Music in Honour of Ignace Bossuyt (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press: 2008), pp. 131-48.

Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer 1538-1569 ; A Descriptive Bibliography and Historical Study (3 vols.) (New York: Garland and Routledge, 1988, 1997, 2005).

Antonio Gardano: Mottetti del Frutto a 4, 5, and 6. The Sixteenth-Century Motet, 13. New York: Garland, 1993

The Buglhat Motet Anthologies. The Sixteenth-Century Motet, 14. (New York: Garl;and, 1995)

"Before and After Music Printing: The Idea of Ownership of Music in the Sixteenth Century," in selected papers from the 2002 meeting of the International Musicological Society (Leuven: Alamire, in press).

"Antonio Gardano" in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2002).

"Antonio Gardano" and "Johannes de Buglhat." New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev. ed. (New York: Macmillan, 2001)

"Lasso's Standomi un giorno and the Multi-Movement Madrigal in the Mid-Sixteenth Century" in Lasso Studies, ed. Peter Bergquist. (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999).

"Twins, Cousins, and Heirs: Cooperation and Competition in Sixteenth-Century Venetian Music Printing" in Critica Musica: Essays in Honor of Paul Brainard, ed. John Knowles (Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach, 1996).

"The Printed Music Book in Context: Some Examples and Observations." Notes 47 (1990): 899-918.

"Response: Manuscripts and Printed Music in the World of Patrons and Collectors." Atti del XIV Congresso della Società Internazionale di Musicologia, ed. A. Pompilio et al. Vol. I Round Tables. Torino: EDT, 1990, pp. 319-25.

"Rore's Setting of Petrarch's 'Vergine bella': A History of its Composition and Early Transmission." The Journal of Musicology 4 (1985-86): 365-409.

"Zarlino's Theories of Text Underlay as Illustrated in His Motet Book of 1549." Notes 42 (1985): 239-67.

"Antonio Gardane's Early Connections with the Willaert Circle." Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Patrons, Sources, and Texts." (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1981), pp. 209-26

Selected Papers Read

“Closing Address” at the conference Dedicating Latin Works and Motets in the Sixteenth Century,” Rome, August 2005.

"Before and After Music Printing: The Idea of Ownership of Music in the Sixteenth Century." International Musicological Society, Leuven, August 2002 and series Thinking about Music, University of Cincinnati, February, 2003.

"The Circulation of Italian Music Publications in Germany during the Sixteenth Century." Frühe Neuzeit Interdisciplinär, Duke University, April 1998

"Twins, Cousins, and Heirs: Relationships among Editions of Music Printed in Sixteenth-Century Venice." Annual meeting of the Society for Textual Scholarship, CUNY Graduate School, New York City, April 1993.

"Gardano's Mottetti del Frutto of 1538-39: A Printer Assembles a Repertory." Invited paper delivered at the joint panel of representatives of the Italian and American Musicological Societies entitled Music Publishing in Italy, ca. 1500-1830. American Musicological Society National Meeting, November 1991.

"Bibliography and Contextual Studies" and "Report on Antonio Gardano: A Descriptive Bibliography and Historical Study." International conference "Per una bibliografia sistematica della musica sacra dei secoli XVI e XVII," sponsored by the Università degli Studi di Venezia, the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, et al., Venice, July 11-14, 1988.

"'Crows in Swans' Feathers': Venetian Publishers and the Commercialization of Music in the Sixteenth Century." Bunting Institute Colloquium Series, Harvard, April 1987.


Member, Advisory Board, The International Motet Project, 2003–present

Member, Steering Committee, American Musicological Society Committee for Graduate Advisors, 2003–2004

Member, Committee on the Status of Women, American Musicological Society, 1998-2001.

Secretary, National Council of the American Musicological Society, 1987-91.

President, New England Chapter, American Musicological Society, 1984-86.

Current Projects

She brings to her research and teaching an approach that combines contextual studies, critical analysis, and source work in an attempt to gain a holistic view of the musical work and the culture that produced it.

With the publication of the third and last volume of Antonio Gardano in 2005 she has turned to writing several articles for anthologies to appear in 2007-2008, and is preparing a study of the Venetian sixteenth-century manuscript Wolfenbüttel 293 and its music.

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