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17 November 2021

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Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach FBA on receiving the Roland Jackson Award

We are delighted to announce that a Music Analysis publication, “Do Trouvère Melodies Mean Anything?” by St Hugh’s Tutorial Fellow in Music, Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach has been awarded the American Musicological Society’s Roland Jackson Award. The Roland Jackson Award is awarded by the American Musicological Society (AMS) each year for outstanding work in music analysis.

Professor Leach is both a music theorist and musicologist, with wide-ranging interests in everything from the minutiae of musical structures and manuscripts to the broadest cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts for music. Her principal focus has been on music and poetry of the fourteenth century, although she has also written about songs from both earlier and later periods. In the Faculty of Music, Professor Leach lectures on the music of Guillaume de Machaut and the Trouvères. She is also currently Director of Research.

Professor Leach said, ‘I am delighted and honoured to win the Roland Jackson Award from the world’s largest scholarly society for musicology. I hope recognising my article on the fascinating poet-composer Blondel de Nesle (“Do Trouvère Melodies Mean Anything”, the answer to which is “yes, but it’s complicated”) in this way will lead people also to the whole special issue of Music Analysis in which it was published, which contains other wonderful articles analysing medieval music.’


Photograph by: Benedict Johnson, British Academy

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