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Shay, Robert



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  • Shay researches and writes about the music of Henry Purcell and of seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England. Publications include the book Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Musical Sources (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Robert Thompson), a recipient of the Music Library Association’s Vincent H. Duckles Award, given annually to “the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music.” Articles have appeared in the journals Early Music, Music & Letters, and Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and in the books Purcell Studies (Cambridge University Press) and King Arthur in Music (D. S. Brewer). He has completed a new critical edition of Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, for Bärenreiter (Kassel, Germany, expected to be published in March 2023), and has now embarked on a second editorial project for Bärenreiter, Purcell's opera, King Arthur.


  • Historical musiocology, source studies, seventeenth century, England


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courses taught

  • MUSC 4202 - Special Topic in Musicology: Current and Critical Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Examination of a specific topic of current or critical interest within areas of music history, ethnomusicology, critical theoryand practice across the spectrum of Western, Popular and World Music traditions. Designed as a capstone course for music majors who have completed a full complement of musicology courses. Topics vary from term to term. Instructor consent is required for non-music majors.
  • MUSC 5708 - Introduction to Music Bibliography and Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Explores basic informational sources about music and musicians; a study of citation formats, research methodologies and writing techniques employed in music research papers, theses and dissertations. Intended to increase students' information fluency. Required in all master's degree programs.
  • MUSC 5712 - Renaissance Music
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Provides a repertory and analysis of polyphonic music, 1400-1600. Same as MUSC 4712.
  • MUSC 5852 - 17th and Early 18th Century Music
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Examines music and writings about music from the Baroque era. Emphasizes cultural and musical analysis and surveys current musicological literature. Same as MUSC 4852.
  • MUSC 7822 - Seminar in Musicology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Required of all musicology majors before completion of comprehensive examinations. A different research area is designated each semester. Offered fall only.


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