Steven E. Saunders

James M. Gillespie Professor of Art and American Studies

Box 5677

Phone: 207-859-5677
Fax: 207-859-5635
Mailing Address:
5677 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856
Saunders, Steven E.


Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Pittsburgh, 1990
M. A. in Musicology, University of Pittsburgh, 1984
M. F. A. in Music Education, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1981
B. F. A. in Music with University Honors, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1977

Areas of Expertise

  • Sacred music of the Baroque
  • Music and culture in 17th-century Viennna
  • Stephen Foster and 19th-century popular song

Professional Information

Professor Saunders teaches music history and theory. He has written numerous articles on sacred music of the early 17th century and on 19th-century popular song. His complete critical edition of the works of Stephen Foster was published by Smithsonian Institution Press, and his books on music in Vienna have been been issued by Oxford University Press and A-R Editions. He has received fellowships and awards for his teaching and research, including grants from the Fulbright Commission, American Musicological Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Council of Learned Societies.


1. Books and Editions
Alessandro Grandi: Il primo libro de motetti (1610), (Madison: Corpus mensurabilis musicae, 2011).

Stephen Collins Foster: Sixty Favorite Songs (New York: Mel Bay, 2009).

Giovanni Felice Sances: Motetti a una, due, tre, e quattro voci (1638) (Madison, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 2003).

Giovanni Felice Sances: Missa Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae, ed. with David Hauser,in
Web-Library of Seventeenth-Century Music, Alexander Silbiger, general editor,

Instructor's Manual for the Concise History of Western Music, by Barbara Hanning. (New York: W. W. Norton, 1998).

Cross, Sword, and Lyre: Sacred Music at the Imperial Court of Ferdinand II of Habsburg (1619- 1637) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995).

Fourteen Sacred Concertos from the Court of Ferdinand II of Hapsburg (Madison, Wisconsin:
A-R Editions, 1995).

The Complete Works of Stephen Collins Foster (Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990). Editor, with Deane L. Root.

2. Articles and Reviews

“Second Thoughts on Bach's Second Thoughts: The Aesthetics of Bach's Compositional
Revisions in 'Bereite dich, Zion,' BWV 248/4,” Cambridge University Press, in press.

“The Social Agenda of Stephen Foster's Plantation Melodies,” American Music, vol. 30, no. 3 (2012).

Review of John Whenham and Richard Wistreich eds., The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi, in Seventeenth-Century News, 2010.

"Root, Deane L.," article in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed.

"Music in Early Modern Germany," in The Camden House History of German Literature, vol. 4, ed. Max Reinhart (Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2008).

Review of Massimo Ossi, Divining the Oracle: Monteverdi's Seconda Prattica (University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London, 2003), in Seventeenth-Century News,, 63/3-4 (2005).

Review of John Morehen, ed., Giovanni Croce. Musica Sacra (1608), The English Madrigalists, vol. 14 (Stainer & Bell, London, 2003), Music & Letters,, 87 (January 2006): 179-80.

"New Editions of Music by Giovanni Felice Sances," with Andrew H. Weaver, in Seventeenth-Century Music, 9/1 (Fall 2003).

Review of Anne Schnoebelen, ed., Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music: Masses, vols. 8-10 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999-), in MLA Notes, 60 (September, 2003), 277-78.

"Giovanni Felice Sances's Motetti a una, due, tre, e quattro voci (1638)," in Embellishments 20 (Summer 2003), 1-2.

Review of David Schulenberg, Music of the Baroque (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), in Music & Letters, 83/3 (2002), 447-48.

Review of Jeffrey Kurtzman, Vespro della Beata Vergine (Oxford and New York: Oxford
University Press, 1999), in MLA Notes 58/4 (2002).

"Kirchenmusik am Wiener Hof und das Repertoire der lateinischen Vokalmusik Valentinis in
Drucken und Handschriften," in Giovanni Valentini (ca. 1582-1649): Kapellmeister am
Kaiserhof, (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2002).

Articles for the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, s. v.
"Borlasca, Bernardino," Cesare, Giovanni Martino," "Habsburg: Music under the Austrian Habsburgs," "Joseph II," "Lechler, Benedickt," "Melli, Pietro Paolo," "Piscator, Georg," "Priuli, Giovanni"; "Sances, Giovanni Felice" (with John Whenham), "Sansoni, Giovanni," "Sätzl, Christoph," "Tadei, Alessandro," "Valentini, Giovanni," and "Zacher, Johann Michael" (London, 2001).

Review of Jeffrey Kurtzman, The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: Music, Context, Performance
(Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), in MLA Notes 57 (2000), 626-29.

Review of Frederick K. Gable, ed., Dedication Service for St. Gertrude's Chapel, Hamburg,
1607, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 91 (Madison: A-R Editions,
1998), Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, vol. 6, no. 2, (2000)

Review of Anne Schnoebelen, ed., Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music: Masses, vols. 1-7 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995-), in MLA Notes 56 (1999), 228.
"Stephen Collins Foster," essay-review in Reader's Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999)

Review of Ken Emerson, Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997), in American Muisic 16 (1998), 219-222.

"Ferdinand III and the Politicization of Sacred Music at the Habsburg Court," in Infinite
Boundaries: Order, Disorder and Reorder in Early Modern German Culture, Sixteenth
Century Essays and Studies, vol. 40 (Kirksville, Missouri: Thomas Jefferson University
Press, 1998), 187-208.

Review of Robert L. Kendrick, Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Their Music in Early Modern Milan,
(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), in Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, vol. 3/1 (1997):

"The Antecedents of the Viennese Sepolcro," in Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress of Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi: Relazioni musicali tra Italia e Germania nell'etá
barocca (Como, Italy: A. M. I. S., 1997), 61-83.

Review of Richard Charteris, ed., Giovanni Gabrieli: A Thematic Catalogue of his Music with a
Guide to the Source Materials and Translations of his Vocal Texts (New York: Pendragon
Press, 1996), in MLA Notes 54 (1997), 43-45.

Review of Markus Englehardt, ed., In Teutschland noch gantz ohnbekandt: Monteverdi-Rezeption
und frühes Musiktheater im deutschsprachigen Raum (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1996), in
Music & Letters 78 (1997), 418-20.

"The Emperor as Artist: New Discoveries Concerning Ferdinand III's Musical Compositions," Studien zur Musikwissenschaft 45 (1996), 7-31.

"Stephen C. Foster," entry in the Encyclopedia of American Biography (New York: Harper
Collins, 1996).

"New Light on the Genesis of Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals," Music and Letters, 77 (1996), 183-93.

Reviews of Eva Lax, ed. Claudio Monteverdi Lettere (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1995); and Denis
Stevens, ed. The Letters of Claudio Monteverdi, rev. ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), in Music and Letters 77 (1996), 262-64.

Review of Jon W. Finson, The Voices that Are Gone: Themes in 19th-Century American Popular Song (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), in The Journal of Musicological Research 15 (1995/96), 120-27.

Conference Report: "Infinite Boundaries: Separation and Unity in Early Modern German Lands,"
Duke University, 20-22 April, 1995, Seventeenth-Century Music 5/1 (1995), 1, 5-6.

Review of Paulo Fabbri, Monteverdi, trans. Tim Carter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), in Music and Letters 76 (May 1995), 119-21.

"Giovanni Priuli's Missa sine nomine and the Legacy of Giovanni Gabrieli," The Journal of Musicological Research 14 (1994), 169-91.

"An Unknown Musical 'Souvenir' of Franz Liszt," Liszt Saeculum 52 (1994), 41-46.

Review of Paul Walker, ed., Church, Stage, and Studio: Music and Its Contexts in Seventeenth- Century Germany (Ann Arbor, 1990), in MLA Notes 48 (1992): 863-66.

"The Hapsburg Court of Ferdinand II and the Messa, Magnificat et Iubilate Deo a sette chori concertati con le trombe (1621) of Giovanni Valentini," Journal of the American
Musicological Society 44 (1991): 359-403.

"Giovanni Valentini's 'In te Domine speravi' and the Demise of the Viola Bastarda,"
Viola da gamba Society of America Journal 28 (1991): 1-20.

Review of Michael Collins and Elise K. Kirk, Opera and Vivaldi (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984), in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography 10 (1991): 321-23.

"Stephen Foster and His Publishers, Revisited," College Music Symposium 28 (1988): 53-69.

"A Publication History of Stephen Foster's 'Massa's in de Cold Ground'," MLA Notes
43 (1987): 499-521.

"Report from the University of Pittsburgh: Graduate Students' Projects and Publications,"
Current Musicology 42 (1986): 89-91.


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