Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy
History of Christianity
World Religions and World Church
MA, Syracuse University
MPhil and PhD Cornell University
Research and Teaching Interests
Fassler is a music historian who gives the liturgy primary emphasis in her scholarly publications and her teaching. Fassler's books, edited volumes, and articles focus on the Latin Middle Ages from around 800-1300, but she has strong interests in contemporary sacred music and ritual, and in American song, singers, and song collections. She is now writing a book on Hildegard of Bingen and completing a textbook on medieval music. Fassler's American Music and Worship course has a strong fieldwork component involving local religious communities, and potential film making ventures.
Courses in her rota include: "Making History with the Saints"; "Christian Repertories and Worship Traditions in the USA"; "Getting Medieval: Music and Technology in the Latin Middle Ages (800-1400)"; "Hours of Prayer in the Christian Tradition"; "Music, Ritual, and the Documentary"; and (in the First Year Curriculum) "Songs and Songsters in the USA: from Indians to Indie."
See video below for footage of Prof. Fassler discussing St. Hildegard of Bingen:
2014. Music in the Medieval West: An Anthology. New York: WWNorton.
2014. Anthology for Music in the Medieval West. New York: WWNorton.
2010. The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts. Yale University Press.
2003. Psalms in Community: Jewish and Christian Textual, Liturgical, and Artistic Traditions, editor, with Harold W. Attridge. SBL/Brill, 2003. Second Printing, 2007.
Ed. 2001. Musicians for the Churches: Reflections on Formation and Vocation. Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Ed. with Rebecca A. Baltzer. 2000. The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages: Methodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography, ed. Margot E. Fassler and Rebecca A. Baltzer. Oxford University Press.
1993. Gothic Song: Victorine Sequences and Augustinian Reform in Twelfth-Century Paris. Cambridge Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Second edition (University of Notre Dame Press), 2011.
Eith William Flynn and Tova Leigh-Choate. 2014. "Hearing the Heavenly Symphony: An Overview of Hildegard’s Musical Oeuvre with Case Studies" and "Hildegard as Musical Hagiographer: Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 103 and Her Songs for Sts. Disibod and Ursula." A Companion to Hildegard of Bingen, ed. Beverly Kienzele and G. Ferzocco. Leiden: Brill.
2013."Volmar, Hildegard, and St. Matthias," in Medieval Music in Practice, Studies in Honor of Richard Crocker, ed. Judith A. Peraino, pp. 85-109. Miscellanea 7. Middleton, WI and Münster: American Institute of Musicology.
2010. "Hildegard's Music for the Love Feast," Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology, ed. Jeremy Begbie and Steven Guthrie. Erdmans.
2010. “The Liturgical Framework of Time and the Representation of History," in Representing History, 900-1300: Art, Music, History. Ed. by Robert Maxwell, pp 149-171. Penn State University Press.
2010. "The Victorine Sequences Revisited: 1993-2009" in L'École de Saint- Victor de Paris: Influence et Rayonnement du Moyen Âge à l'Époque Moderne, ed. Dominque Poirel, pp. 433-457. Bibliotheca Victorina XXII. Turnhout: Brepols.
2010. " Helgaud of Fleury and the Liturgical Arts: The Magnification of Robert the Pious," Magnificence and the Sublime in Medieval Aesthetics: Art, Architecture, Literature, Music, ed. C. Stephen Jaeger, pp. 102-127. New York: Palgrave.
2010. "History and Practice: the Opening of Hildegard's Scivias in a Liturgical Framework," in Something Fearful’: Medievalist Scholars on the Religious Turn in Literary Criticism, Religion and Literature 42 (Spring-Summer 2010).
Co-Producer and Writer, with JC Richard. 2010. You Can't Sing It for them: Continuity, Change, and a Church Musician, Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Co-Producer and Writer. 2009. Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Teaching Chant at: St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church. Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Co-Producer and Writer. 2008. Performing Passion: JS Bach and the Gospel of John (1725). Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Distributed by WWNorton.
Producer and Writer. 2007. Joyful Noise: Psalms in Community. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 2007. Distributed by the Society for Biblical Literature.
Producer and Writer. 2004. Work and Pray: Living the Psalms with the Nuns of Regina Laudis. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, with funding from the Lilly Endowment. Distributed by WWNorton.
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