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Lowinsky, Edward Elias


LOWINSKY, EDWARD ELIAS (1908–1985), U.S. musicologist. Lowinsky was born in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1934, after the Nazi rise to power, he immigrated to the United States. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Chicago, where he initiated an entire generation of scholars, and in 1961 was appointed Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor. His research in the music of the Renaissance represented a significant breakthrough; from 1964 to 1977 he was the general editor of the series Monuments of Renaissance Music. Lowinsky is considered one of the major figures of postwar musicology. His numerous publications include major critical editions and innovative historical and stylistic observations. Among his important publications are Tonality and Atonality in Sixteenth Century Music (1961), The Medici Codex of 1518 (1968), Cipriano da Rore's Venus Motet: Its Poetic and Pictorial Sources (1986), and Music in the Culture of Renaissance and Other Essays (ed. Bonnie Blackburn, 1989).


Grove online; mgg2; L. Finscher, "Zu den Schriften Edward E. Lowinsky," in: Musikforschung 15 (1962), 54–77.

[Jehoash Hirshberg and

Amnon Shiloah (2nd ed.)]

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