Margaret Murata

Margaret Murata, Professor emerita of Music at the University of California, Irvine, received teaching awards at UCI in 1984, 1996, and 2006. She has served as President of the Society for 17th-Century Music and Vice-president of the American Musicological Society; she is an Honorary Member of both. In 2017 she received the decennial Premio Galileo Galilei for her work in the history of Italian music, largely Baroque opera and vocal chamber music. She has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of 17th-Century Music, the Web Library of 17th-Century Music, and Recercare, an annual devoted to musical performance practices. Her scholarly articles have appeared in a range of international journals, and she has lectured at residencies in Italy, Russia, and the U.S.

A catalogue of the Barberini manuscripts of music in the Vatican Library, co-edited with Lowell Lindgren (MIT), appeared in 2018. With an Italian and a Swiss collaborator, she is currently completing a catalogue of the Italian cantata manuscripts in the Casanatense Library in Rome.

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