10:00 Opening Remarks (Wendy Heller)

10:15 – 10:45 Paper 1 (Ellen Rosand)

10:45 – 11:30 Paper 2 (Sara Pecknold)

11:30 – 12:15 Paper 3 (Gregory Barnett)

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch Beak   


1:30 – 2:15 Paper 4 (Beth Glixon)              

2:15 – 3:00 Paper 5 (Wendy Heller)

3:00 –  3:15 Concluding Remarks (Ellen Rosand)              

3:15 – 3:45 Roundtable Discussion


4:30 Concert

5:30 Reception

Event Info

The most prolific Italian composer of vocal chamber music in the 17th century, Barbara Strozzi (1619–1677) published eight volumes of madrigals, motets, arias, and cantatas, which demonstrate her dramatic compositional range and her own mastery of singing. This conference, co-sponsored by the Graduate School, the Program in Italian Studies, and the Department of Music at Princeton University, explores new research in the life and music of this remarkable musician.

A Barbara Strozzi Symposium and Concert: In Honor of the Composer’s 400th birthday

10:00AM Symposium

Gregory Barnett GS '92, '97 (Rice University)
Beth Glixon (University of Kentucky)
Wendy Heller (Princeton University)
Sara Pecknold (The Catholic University of America)
Ellen Rosand (Yale University)

The symposium will conclude with a roundtable discussion on "New Directions in Strozzi Research," ending at approximately 4PM.


4:30PM Concert The Voice of Barbara Strozzi

Elissa Edwards, soprano
Elena Smith, viola da gamba
Joyce Chen, harpsichord
John Orluk Lacombe, theorbo

A reception will follow.

About the Artist:

Professor and Chair of Musicology at Rice University, Gregory Barnett's research interests include the history of modal theory, Baroque-era instrumental music and instruments, and the music of Handel.

Specializing in seventeenth-century Venetian opera and the social history of musicians there, Beth Glixon teaches musicology at the University of Kentucky.

Wendy Heller is the Scheide Professor of Music History and Chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, and her work focuses on music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially opera from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Studying topics from medieval and early modern sacred music to devotional and liturgical intertextuality, Sara Pecknold is on the faculty of The Catholic University of America.

Previously serving as Editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and President of the American Musicological Society, Ellen Rosand is Professor Emeritus of Music at Yale University, where she specialized in opera of seventeenth-century Italy.