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Peter V. Loewen
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Musicology
 
e-mail:pvloewen@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Musicology (2000) University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • MM Performance-Double Bass (1990) University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • B.Mus Performance-Double Bass (1987) University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
 
Primary Department
   Shepherd School of Music
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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    Research Areas
     Musicology; Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
     
    Research Statement 2006
     I have nine articles and one book forthcoming in 2007 that concern my research in the areas of
    medieval religious drama; music and theology of the Franciscans; music in the medieval sermon; portrayals of Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary as singers and preachers; music as rhetoric and exegesis; and intersections between chant and song in Latin and several vernacular languages. In addition, I have published 12 reviews of sound recordings.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Musicology: Early Music (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque); cross-period studies of musical medievalism; early history of religious and secular song.
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Peter Loewen "A Rudder for the Ship of Fools: Considering Franciscan Song in Late-Medieval Europe." In Progress

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Jan Brugman." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Francis the Musician and the Mission of the Joculatores Domini in the Medieval German Lands." Franciscan Studies, 60 (Fall 2002) : 251-90.

     
     

    Peter Loewen "The Conversion of Mary Magdalene and the Musical Legacy of Franciscan Piety in the Early German Passion Plays." Speculum Sermonis: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon (2004) : 235–59.

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Portrayals of the Vita Christi in the Medieval German Marienklage: Signs of Franciscan Exegesis and Rhetoric in Drama and Music." Comparative Drama, 42 (2008/Fall) : 315-45.

     
     Books
     

    Peter Loewen "Music in Early Franciscan Practice." In Progress

     
     

    Peter Loewen, Music in Early Franciscan Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

     
     

    Peter Loewen, Music in Early Franciscan Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

     
     Editor of books
     

    Peter Loewen and Robin Waugh, eds., Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles (New York: Routledge, January 2014).

     
     Book chapters
     

    Peter Loewen "Harmony, the Fiddler, Preaching, and Amazon Nuns: Glosses on De musica in Bartholomaeus Anglicus’s "De proprietatibus rerum"." The English province of the Franciscans (1224-c.1350) (2016) In Press

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Mary Magdalene Converts Her Vanities Through Song: Signs of Franciscan Spirituality and Preaching in Late-Medieval German Drama." Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles (July, 2013)

     
     Book reviews
     

    Peter Loewen "Review of St Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics, by Michael Alan Anderson." Music and Letters, 96/3 (2015) : 452-4.

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Review of Horst Brunner and Karl-Günter Harmann, Spruchgesang: Die Melodien der Sangspruchdicter des 12. Bis 15. Jahrhunderts, vol. 6 Monumenta Monodica Medii Aevii." Speculum (forthcoming 2013) In Revision

     
     

    Peter Loewen, [Review] "Boyce, James J., Carmelite Liturgy and Spiritual Identity: The Choir Books of Kraków," In Manuscripta 55, no. 2 (2011), 213-7.

     
     Dictionary or Encyclopedia Entries
     

    Peter Loewen "Cantigas de Santa Maria." Oxford Bibliographies (2016)


    http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/view/document/obo-9780195396584/obo-9780195396584-0210.xml?rskey=AZTzgh&result=1&q=cantigas+de+santa+maria#firstMatch
     
     

    Peter Loewen "Franco von Köln, Ars cantus mensurabilis." Lexikons Musiktheorie/Musikästhetik, 1, Musiktheorie (2015) In Press

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Dies irae." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Franciscan Hymns and Hymnals." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Jacopone da Todi." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "John Peckham." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "St. Bonaventura." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Thomas of Celano." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013)

     
     Other
     

    Peter Loewen "Concert notes for Bach Society Houston Vespers, December 11, 2016.." Bach Society Houston Program (Dec. 11, 2016)

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Hasse: Solo Cantatas 1." American Record Guide, 79/5 (Sept/Oct 2016) : 101-2.

     
     

    Peter Loewen "Alme Ingrate." American Record Guide, 77/3 (May/June 2014) : 227.

     
    Creative Works
     Performances - Omnis terra adoret
     A chant recording performed on-line as part of the “Sacra et Profana: Music in Medieval Manuscripts” exhibition. , Peter Loewen and David Keck, M. D. Anderson Library, University of Houston (10 October 2012-1 February 2013.)
     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    Presenter.  "Singing William of Herebert's English Chant Contrafacta." Paper and Parchment: Medieval Music, Architectural Drawings and Illuminated Books, Rice University. (April 6, 2016) With Peter Loewen

     
     

    Presenter.  "Translating Chant in William Herebert’s “Conditor alme siderum”." Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. (April 7, 2017) With Peter Loewen and Robin Waugh

     
     

    Presenter.  "Translation Practice and Music in William Herebert’s “Libera me”." The XI Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages, Vienna, Austria. (March 17, 2017) With Peter Loewen and Robin Waugh

     
     

    Presenter.  "Mary Magdalene Converts Her Vanities through Song in the German Dramas from Erlau and Alsfeld." 50th International Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan Univeristy, Kalamazoo. (May 15, 2015)

     
     

    Presenter.  "

    From Theology to Art, and Preaching Through Music in the Medieval Franciscan Mass

    ." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 9, 2014)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    Invited Presenter.  "Music in Early Franciscan Practice." University of Notre Dame, Medieval Institute. (April 20, 2016)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""A Rudder for the Ship of Fools?": Music from the Dawn of the Reformation"

     ." Families Weekend, Rice University. (September 27, 2013)

     
     

    From Theology to Art, and Preaching Through Music in the Medieval Franciscan Mass

     

     
     

    Hearing the Music of Franciscan Preaching Through the Contrafactum

     
     

    Presenter.  "

    A Rudder for the Ship of Fools?:  Considering Franciscan Preaching and Music in Pre-Reformation Europe

    ." 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. (May 11)

     
     

    Presenter.  "A Rudder for the Ship of Fools?:  Considering Franciscan Preaching and Music in Pre-Reformation Europe." Crafting Knowledge: Ritual, Art, Thought: Rockwell Symposium, Rice University. (March 31)

     
     

    Invited Paper.  "

    A Rudder for the Ship of Fools?: Considering Franciscan Music, Poetry, and Theater in Pre-Reformation Europe

    ." Center for Humanities Research, and Medieval Studies Program, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. (October 13, 2011)

     
     

    Presenter.  "A Rudder for the Ship of Fools? Considering Franciscan Music in an Age of Reform." Forty-Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 11, 2012)

     
     

    Presenter.  "A Rudder for the Ship of Fools?: Considering the Singing Franciscans in Bosch's Ship." Medieval & Early Modern Workshop, Rice University. (October 24)

     
     

    The Rhetoric of Franciscan Piety in the Cantigas de Santa Maria," 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 15, 2010.

     
     

    Translation Practice and Music in Herebert’s Translation of “Gloria, Laus, et Honor.” Medieval Translator Conference. Padua, Italy, July 27, 2010.

     
     

    Translation Practice and Music in Herebert’s Translation of “Popule meus.” International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, UK, July 12, 2010.

     
     

    Author of paper.  "The Rhetoric of Praise in the Musical Practices and Preaching of the Medieval Franciscans." Texas Medieval Association, Annual Fall Meeting, Waco, TX. (October 7, 2006) With Peter Loewen

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Invited Lecturer.  "A Rudder for the Ship of Fools: Considering Franciscan Song in Pre-Reformation Europe." University of Notre Dame, Medieval Institute. (April 21, 2016)

     
     

    Faculty Fellow Presenter.  "Music in Early Franciscan Practice." Rice Humanities Research Center, (March 15, 2016)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Music at the Dawn of the Reformation." Medieval Chant Seminar, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. (November 6, 2015)

     
     

    Author of paper presentation.  "Singing in a Fool’s Paradise: Mary Magdalene as Joculatrix Domini in Dramas from England, the German Lands, and Bohemia." Rice University 2006–2007 Medieval Studies Undergraduate Program and Workshop Da Vinci Code Lecture Series, Houston, TX. (September 28, 2006) With Peter Loewen

     
     Lectures
     

    Presenter.  "Bach Society of Houston Pre-Concert Lecture." Bach Society of Houston, Christ the King Lutheran Church. (December 11, 2016)

     
     Other
     

    Co-organizer.  "Paper and Parchment: New Directions in the Study of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Drawings." Paper and Parchment: New Directions in the Study of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Drawings, Rice University. (April 6, 2016)

     
     Session Chair
     

    Session Chair.  "New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality: Self, Family, and the Social." Minter Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Society at Rice University, Rice University. (February 7, 2015)

     
     

    Co-Organizer and Co-Chair with Robin Waugh.  "Where Sacred Meets Secular in Hagiogarphy." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 10, 2014)

     
     

    Organizer and Chair.  "Where Sacred Meets Secular: Medieval Drama." 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 10) With Robin Waugh, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

     
     

    Session co-Presider and co-Organizer for Where Sacred Meets Secular: Medieval Drama

     
     

    Session Organizer.  "Where Sacred Meets Secular: The Many conflicted Roles of Mary Magdalene." 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. (13 May, 2010)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Karl Blench, DMA Distorted Visions. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Erik Behr, DMA OBOE CONCERTOS FROM THE CAPE OF AFRICA: A BIOGRAPHICAL AND ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVE. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kimi Kawashima, DMA Japanese Students in Renaissance Portugal. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Avi DePano, MM The Music of Faith and Reason: The Evolution of Psalmody in Sixteenth-Century France and England. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Kimi Kawashima, DMA The Jesuits and the Japanese: A Musical Journey to Renaissance Europe. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Alexandra Krawetz, BMus Lingering Melancholy: The Continuation of Elizabethan Ideas in the Songs of Robert Johnson. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Anya Wilkening, BMus Contrafacta in the Miracles de Nostre Dame by Gautier de Coincy. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Natasha Mao, PhD Revealing and Concealing: Interactive Objects in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art, 1400-1600. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     2014 Rice University Authors, Editors, Composers, and Artists Honoree and Panelist, Friends of Frondren Library (April 23, 2015)

     Franciscan Music, Preaching, and Pedagogy in David von Augsburg’s De exterioris et interioris hominis compositione, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) (1 November-24 December)

     Music in Franciscan Pedagogy, Preaching, and Chant in the Late Middle Ages, NEH Research Fellowship, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University (28 September–30 October)