Robert L. Kendrick

Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Music, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College
PhD, New York University

Robert L. Kendrick works largely in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, and the visual arts. He is currently engaged in a book project on music and ritual in early modern Catholicism, and recent papers include work on 17th-century opera, Latin American colonial music, and the uses of litanies. He is also one of the co-editors of the forthcoming collected works of Alessandro Grandi, and his essay on "Iconography" is forthcoming in "The Routledge Companion to Music and the Visual Arts". Recent graduate seminars include: ‘European Sacred Music Abroad, 1550-1730’; ‘Senecan Drama, Stoicism, and Baroque Opera’ (co-taught); 'Music and Death in 17th-century Europe'; ‘Music at Habsburg Courts’; and ‘The Sound of Sight in Early Modern Europe’, and he has taught on the Rome and Vienna programs of the undergraduate Civilization Core, as well as undergraduate ethnomusicology. In 2006 he won a Graduate Teaching Award. His books are The Sound of Milan, 1580-1650 (2002) and Celestial Sirens (1996) and he has edited the motets of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani for A-R Editions (1998). He has advised or worked with a range of early music performers, including Chicago’s Newberry Consort, Bologna’s Cappella Artemisia, and Boston’s La Donna Musicale. At Chicago he is affiliated faculty for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan), the Center for Gender Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. A member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, Kendrick received his PhD (musicology) and MA (ethnomusicology) from New York University, after a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Recent Courses in RLL
  • ITAL 40119 Milton's Italian Music (Winter 2019)
  • SPAN 26555/36555 Music and Ethnic Authenticity in Mexico and Cuba, 1900-1950 (Autumn 2018)
Affiliated Departments and Centers: Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Department of Music