Gabriela Currie

Associate Professor: Musicology

Gabriela Currie received her B.A. in musicology from the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest, Romania and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Prior to her arrival at the University of Minnesota, she taught at the Eastman School of Music, New York University, and Cooper Union.

Her research interests and publications concern medieval music theory, the intersection between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras, music iconography in pre-modern Eurasia, and travel accounts as early ethnographies of Byzantine, Balkan, and Ottoman musical traditions. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association for University Women, and the Belgian-American Foundation.

Currie has presented at numerous national and international academic conferences such as American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, Medieval Academy of America, History of Science Society, as well as the International Council for Traditional Music. She is the author of The Play of Meanings: Aribo's De musica and the Hermeneutics of Musical Thought, published in 2005, and of articles on subjects ranging from medieval musical cosmology to Balkan and Eurasian music iconography that appeared in scholarly journals as well as edited collections. Currently she is working on several projects involving pre-modern Eurasian music iconography and preparing a book on the intersection of late scholastic natural philosophy, mathematics, theories of sound, and musical cosmologies in the works of Nicole Oresme.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Music, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, 1997.

Specialties

  • Medieval music theory
  • Intersections between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras
  • Music iconography
  • Music and culture of the Balkan Penninsula, Western and Central Asia
  • Early ethnographic accounts of Byzantine, Balkan and Ottoman musical traditions
Courses Taught
  • MUS 8640 - Imaging Sound, Sounding Images: Music Iconography
  • MUS 8640 - Medieval Musical Thought
  • MUS 8640 - Musical and Scientific Thought from Plato to Newton
  • MUS 8644 - Advanced Research in Musicology
  • MUS 5950 - Medieval Lyric Song
  • MUS 5950 - Music and Culture along the Silk Road
  • MUS 5950 - Revolution or Evolution? Ars nova in Fourteenth-Century France
  • HSEM - Politics, Nationalism, and Music in the Balkans
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board : Imago Musicae: International Yearbook of Musical Iconography

Research

  • Nicole Oresme’s celestial song: The sounding cosmos of the late scholastics: Book project
  • Sounds and images of two Empires: the Byzantine and Ottoman legacy in the Balkans: Book project
  • Imaging sound along the Silk Road: Iconographic database: images, cataloging of musical instruments, historical organological maps, and supporting information pertaining to the representations of musical instruments and dances in 1) the Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescoes in the churches of the Balkan Peninsula (ca. 1300-1700), and 2) West and Central Asian manuscripts (13th-17th c.)
Publications
  • Sounds from under the shifting sands: reflections on Kuchean musical culture of the sixth and seventh centuries. In Crossing borders: musical change and exchange through time., edited by Arnd Adje Both and Matthias Stöckli Publications of the ICTM Study Group for Music Archaeology, Vol. 2. Ekho Verlag (forthcoming)
  • Medieval variations on a cosmic theme. In Renaissance theories of cosmic harmony, edited by Jacomien Prins and Maude Vanhaelen. Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)
  • Glorious noise of Empire. In Medieval and early modern performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by Evelyn Birge Vitz and Arzu Ozturkmen. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. Pp. 423-449
  • The presence of musical instruments in Byzantine and post-Byzantine iconographic sources. In Greek Musical Instruments. Inquiries into art and literature (2000 BC-2000 AD), edited by Alexandra Voutyra. Athens: Aristotle University (Thessaloniki, Gr.) and Piraeus Bank Assoc. 2012. Pp. 31-55 (in Greek)
  • Poetics of proportions: late scholastic views on cosmos, sound, and color. In Proportion, edited by Philip Vendrix and Vasco Zara. Tours: Centre d'etudes superieures de la Renaissance, 2012. Pp. 119-33.
  • The emergence of a paradigm: representations of musical instruments in the Paleologan depictions of the 'Mocking of Christ'. Imago Musicae 23 (2010): 47-77
  • A corpus of pictorial representations of musical instruments and dances in the church frescoes of present-day Romania: Wallachia and Moldova, ca. 1350 to ca. 1750. Imago Musicae 23 (2010): 101-52
  • Concetum caeli quis dormire faciet? Eriugenian cosmic song and Carolingian planetary astronomy. In Quomodo cantabimus canticum: Studies in Honor of Edward H. Roesner, edited by D. B. Cannata, G. Ilnitchi Currie, R. Charnin Mueller, and L. Nadas. The American Institute for Musicology. Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, Inc., 2008. Pp. 15-35
  • Quomodo cantabimus canticum? Studies in honor of Edward H. Roesner. Eds. D. B. Cannata, G. Ilnitchi Currie, R. Charnin Mueller, and L. Nadas. American Institute of Musicology. Middleton, Wis.: A-R Editions, Inc., 2008
  • Ottoman echoes, Byzantine frescoes, and musical instruments in the Balkans. In Balkan popular culture and the Ottoman ecumene: music, image, and regional political discoursers, edited by Donna Buchanan. Europea, edited by Martin Stokes and Philip Bohlman. Lanham, Maryland and London: Scarecrow Press, 2007, 193-224
  • The play of meanings: Aribo's De Musica and the hermeneutics of musical thought. Lanham, Maryland and London: Scarecrow Press, 2005
  • Musica mundana, Aristotelian natural philosophy and Ptolemaic astronomy. Early Music History 21 (2002): 37-74
  • Music and the liturgy. In The liturgy of the medieval church, edited by Thomas]. Hefferan and E. Ann Matter. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Published for The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages, by Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 2001, 645-71 (second rev. edition, 2005)
Awards
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award, 2010
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award, 2009
  • NEH Research Fellowship, 2004 - 2005
  • ACLS Eastern European Fellowship, 1998 - 1999
  • AAUW Scholar, 1992 - 1993