On Friday, January 26 at 3:00PM, Anna Zayaruznaya will present a talk, “‘You Say You Want a Revolution...’: The Ancients, The Moderns, and Jacobus, c. 1280–1350,” in conjunction with the Historical Musicology and Theory Colloquium Series.
Anna Zayaruznaya is Assistant Professor of Music at Yale University, specializing in the cultural and compositional contexts of late-medieval song. Her first book, The Monstrous New Art: Divided Forms in the Late-Medieval Motet (Cambridge University Press, 2015), explores the roles played by monstrous and hybrid imagery in fourteenth-century musical aesthetics. A second book, Upper-Voice Structures and Compositional Process in the ars nova Motet (in press with Routledge), uses a series of case-studies to show how that the starting-point of musical analysis can influence its outcome, in both formal and hermeneutic terms. More recent work focuses on Philippe de Vitry (1291–1369), a poet and composer well known to music historians as a pioneer in the development of musical notation. Zayaruznaya received a PhD from Harvard University in 2010 and was an assistant professor at Princeton before joining the department of music at Yale. Her awards include the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America, the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the MacMillan center at Yale, and a fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study at Radcliffe. At Yale she co-convenes the interdisciplinary working group Medieval Song Lab.