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J. Michael Allsen - Publications and Papers
       last update: 2/15/23


in preparation

critical edition: Motets and Cantilenas in Early 15th-century Italy - to be published as part of the series Recent Researches in the Music of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance (A-R Editions).

"English Motets and the Politics of Usurpation, Warfare, and Heresy during the Reign of Henry V."


Publications 

Hundreds of concert program notes, 1984- present - click here for a compete list of repertoire.

"Have Orchestra, Will Travel" (feature newspaper article for the Wisconsin State Journal on  Madison Symphony Orchestra venues -
October 2004) - extended version available on this site


"Tenores ad longum and Rhythmic Cues in the Early Fifteenth-Century Motet," Plainsong & Medieval Music 12/1 (April 2003): 43-69.

"Strike Up the Band" (feature newspaper article for the Wisconsin State Journal on George Gershwin's 1934 visit to Madison - January 2002) - extended version available on this site


Festival report: "Oriana on the Shores of Lake Mendota: the Madison Early Music Festival. July 8-21, 2001,"  17th-Century Music 11/1 (Fall 2001).


Four articles commissioned to celebrate the Madison Symphony Orchestra's 75th Anniversary, and published in the MSO's 2000-2001  program books:  "'A Fine Democratic Effort' - Sigfrid Prager and the Beginnings of Civic Music in Madison, 1926-1947," "A Tale of Two Maestros, 1947-1961," "The Johnson Era, 1961-1994, " and "The Next Level, 1993-2001"  extended versions of these articles available on this site

"The St. Thomas Sonata Reconsidered," International Trombone Association Journal 28, no.2 (Spring 2000):14-17.

Revision of the article "Lantins, de" for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, revised edition  (Macmillan, 2001).

Three articles for The Reader's Guide to Music  (Chicago, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999):  "Du Fay, Guillaume,"  "Dunstaple, John," and "Medieval Motet."

Two articles for The American National Biography (New York, Oxford University Press, 1999):  "Sousa, John Philip" and "Mendez, Rafael."

Critical edition: Four Late Isorthmic Motets  (Antico Edition, 1997).

Ten articles for Medieval France: An Encyclopedia  (New York, Garland Press, 1995):  "Binchois, Gilles de,"  "Dufay, Guillaume,"  "Brassart, Johannes,"  "Basiron, Philippe,"  "Tinctoris, Johannes,"  "Fauxbourdon,"  "Contenance Angloise,"  "Alta capella,"  "NoŽl," and (in collaboration with Lawrence M. Earp) "Isorhythmic Motet."

Compact disc review:  "Medieval Voices of Spain and Germany: Five Recent Releases by Sequentia, Benjamin Bagby and Barbara Thornton, Directors," Historical Performance 7, no.2 (Fall 1994): 125-27.

Edition review:  Johannes Ockeghem, Ockeghem's "Missa cuiusvis toni" in Its Original Notation and Edited in All the Modes,  ed. George Houle.   In M. L. A. Notes 51 (1994):  410-411.

Compact disc review: "From Hildegard to Ciconia: New Releases of Medieval Music,"  Historical Performance 6, no.1 (Spring 1993): 51-54.

"Intertextuality and Compositional Process in Two Cantilena Motets by Hugo de Lantins,"  Journal of Musicology 11 (1993):  174-202.

"Seven Years of Brass at Mt. Morris," Moravian Music Journal 37/2 (Fall, 1992): 6.

Book review:  H. G. Fischer, The Renaissance Sackbut and its Use Today.  In International Trombone Association Journal 16 (1988): 12-13.

"A Chitarrone and Lute Manuscript for Stefano Pignatelli," Journal of the Lute Society of America 17/18 (1984/85): 1-25.

"Report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Recent Musicology at Wisconsin," Current Musicology 37/38 (1984): 278-280.

"Frescobaldi's Canzonas for Basso Solo (1628-34)," International Trombone Association Journal  12 (1984): 36-40.

Book review:  Harry Arling, Trombone Chamber Music.  In International Trombone Association Journal  12 (1984): 59.


Papers and Invited Presentations

Panelist: session on "non-academic" writing (annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Seattle, November 2004)

"English Motets and English Politics during the Reign of Henry V"  (annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Houston, November 2003); earlier version, "Politics and Intertextuality in Early Fifteenth-Century English Motets" (Thirty-First International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2002).

"Valuing the Arts: 'World of the Arts' at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater" (National Meeting of the Association for Integrative Studies and the Society for Values in Higher Education, Portland, OR, October 2000)

"Teaching the College 'General Studies' Class" (Wisconsin Music Educators Association, October 1999).

"Binchois' Nove cantum melodie and the contenance angloise"  (International Binchois Conference, New York City, October 1995).

"Two 'New' Motets by Du Fay"  (annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, New York City, November 1995).

"Ad  honorem  Sancti  Nicolai:  Two Related Motets by Hugo de Lantins and Guillaume Du Fay"  (annual meeting of the American Musicological  Society, Montreal, November 1993; revised and expanded version read at the University of  Iowa, Iowa City, April 1994).

"From French Finery to English Homespun: English Isorhythmic Motets of the Early Fifteenth Century"  (Twenty-Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 1992).

"Isorhythmic Motets of the 1430s"  (annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Chicago, November 1991;  earlier version, "Dufay and the Isorhythmic Motet of the 1430s," (Fall, 1990 meeting of the American Muscological Society, Midwest Chapter in Chicago.

"Dialects of Isorhythm in the Early Fifteenth Century: Finding a French Voice"  (Twenty-Sixth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 1991).

"Borrowing and Compositional Process in Two Cantilena-Motets by Hugo de Lantins" (Twenty-Fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 1990).

"Structural Modelling in the Late Medieval Motet: the Prehistory of Musical Imitatio"  (Sixteenth Annual Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music, University of Edinburgh, August, 1988).

"Introitus Sections in 14th-Century Motets: History, Form and Function"  (Spring, 1988 meeting of the American Musicological Society, Midwest Chapter in Chicago).

"A Roman Lute and Chitarrone Manuscript in Poland"  (Fall, 1985 meeting of the American Musicological Society, Midwest Chapter in Urbana).