Music Lecture: Karen Desmond (Brandeis): "Torso: Piecing together the Fragmentary Remains of English Music from the late Middle Ages"
Karen Desmond is Associate Professor of Music at Brandeis University. Her monograph "Music and the moderni, 1300-1350: The ars nova in Theory and Practice" (Cambridge University Press, 2018) challenges prevailing accounts of the ars nova. She has been the recipient an NEH Research Fellowship (2014), an SSHRC Banting Fellowship (2014-16), and an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (2019-20). She has begun writing her second monograph, tentatively titled "Torso: Understanding the Polyphony of Late Medieval England from its Fragmentary Remains." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Duke University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.