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Dr. Rachel GoldenDr. Rachel Golden

Associate Professor of Musicology
Coordinator of Musicology
Hired: 2002

University of Tennessee
School of Music
235 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-8054
Musicology website

Rachel Golden is Associate Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at the University of Tennessee, where she is also Co-Chair of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Program. She earned the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

She is the author of articles on both medieval and twentieth-century topics.  Her research specialties include medieval music of the twelfth century, monastic devotion, songs of the Crusades, words-music relationships, and the cult of the Virgin Mary. In contemporary music, her research addresses opera and oratorio; intersections among music, drama, and text; multimedia and technology; gender, identity, and performativity.

Her work appears in The Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly, among others.  She has been an American Council of Learned of Societies Fellow and an NEH Summer Scholar.

  • Ph.D. in Musicology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000)
  • M.F.A. in Musicology – Brandeis University (1996)
  • B.A. in Mathematics – Cornell University (1992)
  • "Across Divides: Aquitaine's New Song & London BL, Add. 36881," Chapter 3 of Manuscripts and Medieval Song: Inscription, Performance, Context, edited by Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach.  Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
  • "Polyphonies of Sound and Space: Motet, Montage, Voices of Light, and La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc." Musical Quarterly 9, no. 2, (Summer 2013): 296-330.
  • "Chanson, French/Troubadour." In New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement 2011, ed. Robert Fastiggi, et. al., 164–167. Cengage Learning & The Catholic University of America Press, 2011.
  • "Music and Pilgrimage." In Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa Taylor, et. al., 463–468. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
  • "Two Paths to Daniel's Mountain: Poetic-Musical Unity in Aquitanian Versus." Journal of Musicology 23, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 620–646.
  • "Striking Ornaments: Complexities of Sense and Song in Aquitanian Versus." Music & Letters 84, no. 4 (November 2003): 527–556.
  • "'As Were We Born Today': Characterization and Transformation in Samuel Barber's Vanessa."  Opera Quarterly 17, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 235–249.

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