Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn
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B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Office: Jewett Arts Center, Room 148

Claire Fontijn

Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

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

In Term 1 of the 2020–21 academic year, I will be offering The Classical and Romantic Symphony (Music 201). This course will meet remotely and covers the period from the birth of the symphony (Sammartini, C.Ph.E. Bach) through the symphonies of Amy Beach and William Grant Still. In Term 2, Sergio Parussa and I will teach Popular Italian Song (Italian Studies/Music 123), a new course that examines Italian poetry and its musical settings, touching on such genres as the music of the cantautore and hip-hop back to the musical narrative found in Boccaccio’s Decameron. Returning to campus for Spring 2021, we hope, Laura Jeppesen and I will teach the fourth iteration of Musicke’s Recreation (Music 200), 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, culminating in a performance with the Collegium Musicum. In Term 4, I will offer a Calderwood Seminar titled Music in Public (Music 301), where students gain skills in journalistic writing via a series of exercises, such as a profile of a performing artist based on an interview, concert review, CD review, and program notes

My current research projects include the psalm antiphons of Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), the international career of guitarist Francesco Corbetta (c. 1615–81), and an edition of the Divertimento of Antonia Bembo (c. 1640–c. 1720). Along with book chapters and articles, publications include two books and two edited volumes:


Desperate Measures: The Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (2006)

Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (2010), edited with Susan Parisi

The Vision of Music in Saint Hildegard’s Scivias (2013)

Uncovering Music by Early European Women (2020)