Remi Chiu's Plague and Music in the Renaissance is a significant achievement in the study of early modern music, expanding our understanding of music, health, disease, and medicine, while demonstrating how music making during the period's virulent outbreaks of plague reveals the complexities of Renaissance beliefs about music and medicine. Displaying an impressive command of interdisciplinary primary and secondary sources, Chiu explores the symbiotic relationship of early modern medicine and music in order to show how music was viewed by early modern thinkers as both implicitly and explicitly participating in healing, thereby serving as an important curative for the survival of individuals and communities affected by the pandemic.1 Chiu includes...
Plague and Music in the Renaissance, by Remi Chiu
SAMANTHA BASSLER is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University, Rutgers University, and the Molloy College/CAP21 Theatre Arts conservatory. Her research interests are in music, disability, theater, and gender in early modern England, and the reception history of early English music during the long eighteenth century. She is coeditor of the volume Music, Myth, and Story in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), which contains her most recent essay.
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Samantha Bassler; Plague and Music in the Renaissance, by Remi Chiu. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 June 2020; 73 (2): 397–401. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2020.73.2.397
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