Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn
cfontijn@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2072
Music
B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Office: Jewett Arts Center, Room 203

Claire Fontijn

Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

Scholar of the history of music with specialization in early music and women composers.


Along with Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins, I developed a course on composer and abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that has been offered regularly since 1999. Students learn about both disciplines, along with art history, medicine, an unknown language, politics, and cosmology (Music/Religion 224, Spring 2018).  Laura Jeppesen and I are piloting a new course in fall 2017, "Musicke's Recreation", in which students have hands-on experience with Renaissance musical instruments and learn about the social milieu of music-making in 16th- and 17th-century Italy and England. In Spring 2019, we will study the intellectual, cultural, and political aspects of Music, Gender, and Sexuality (Music 222/322).

Beyond music, I enjoy speaking, reading, and translating Italian, French, German, and Dutch, and have recently studied Latin—all languages that are essential to my archival and historical research.  Memberships include the International Musicological Society, the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and Early Music America.  I serve on the Corporation of the Boston Early Music Festival and on the Board of La Donna Musicale.

Current research projects include editing a volume of a dozen essays with the working title, Marvelous Mosaic: Reconstructing the Music of Early-Modern Women (Routledge, ca. 2020).

Curriculum Vitae

Books:

-Desperate Measures:  The Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (Cloth, 2006; Paper, 2013)

-Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (Harmonie Park Press, 2010)

-The Vision of Music in Saint Hildegard's Scivias:  Synthesizing Image, Text, Notation, and Theory (Paper, 2013)

Out of print—available from the author.