Music History & Musicology
Sean Gallagher's research focuses on late medieval and renaissance music, with particular emphasis on France, Italy, and the Low Countries in the fifteenth century.
He is the author of Johannes Regis (Brepols, 2010), editor of Secular Renaissance Music: Forms and Functions (Ashgate, 2013), and co-editor of three volumes of essays: Western Plainchant in the First Millennium: Studies in the Medieval Liturgy and its Music (Ashgate, 2003), The Century of Bach and Mozart: Perspectives on Historiography, Composition, Theory and Performance (Harvard, 2008), and City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music (Harvard, 2013).
Recent articles include: “Busnoys, Burgundy, and the Song of Songs,” in Uno gentile et subtile ingenio: Studies in Renaissance Music in Honor of Bonnie Blackburn (Brepols, 2009); “The Berlin Chansonnier and French Song in Florence, 1450-1490: A New Dating and its Implications,” Journal of Musicology (2007); and “Seigneur Leon’s Papal Sword: Ferrara, Du Fay, and His Songs of the 1440s,” Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (2007).
In 2002, he was awarded a Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and, in 2008, the Phi Beta Kappa Prize at Harvard for Excellence in Teaching.
B.M., M.M. in piano, Peabody Conservatory; Ph.D. in musicology, Harvard University. Studies with Leon Fleisher. Former faculty of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University, and Boston University.