Assistant Professor of Music
Roseen Giles is a musicologist with a specialty in early modern musical culture; she is also the curator of DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections). In her research she examines the aesthetic, professional, and personal relationships between poets and musicians of the Italian Baroque. Her monograph (in progress)—provisionally titled The Sound of the Marvellous: Monteverdi and the Lyric
—contributes to the intertwined histories of music and literature by arguing that the controversial experiments of seventeenth-century poets had a profound influence on techniques in musical composition, most notably in the works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). She has published essays on music and philosophy in the Renaissance, memory and orality in the notation of medieval music, and the relationship between music and devotional practice in the seventeenth century. She is currently preparing an edition of Alessandro Grandi's Madrigali Concertati
(1615 and 1622) for the composer's Opera Omnia
published by the American Institute of Musicology. An active baroque flautist, she also performs regularly in both orchestral and chamber settings.
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