Patrick Macey

Patrick Macey

Professor Emeritus of Musicology




Patrick Macey is Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. One facet of his research addresses social and political functions of Florentine music under Lorenzo de’ Medici and the reforming friar Girolamo Savonarola. His book, Bonfire Songs: Savonarola’s Musical Legacy (Oxford, 1998), received the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Award from the Renaissance Society of America (RSA). A 1992 article on Savonarola and the lauda, published in Renaissance Quarterly, received the William Nelson Prize from the RSA. In 1999 A-R Editions published his volume of Savonarolan Laudas and Motets. Another facet of his research involves study of patronage and musical rhetoric in the motets of Josquin des Prez. Articles on Josquin have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Early Music, and Early Music History. He has also edited two volumes for the New Josquin Edition: Josquin’s Psalm motets (NJE 15) and chansons for six voices (NJE 30). The volume of Josquin’s chansons for five voices (NJE 29) is in progress.

Chapters have appeared in edited volumes, including The Crannied Wall: Women, Religion, and the Arts in Early Modern Europe (1992), La Musica a Firenze al Tempo di Lorenzo il Magnifico (1993), From Ciconia to Sweelinck (1994), The Organist as Scholar (1994), Hearing the Motet (1997), Giaches de Wert (1999),The Josquin Companion (2000), Musica nei secoli per il Duomo di Firenze (2001), Una città e il suo profeta: Firenze di fronte al Savonarola (2001), Cappelle musicale (2007), Il velo, la penna e la parola (2009), Uno gentile et subtile ingenio (2009), Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral (2014), and The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century Music (2015).

Editorial boards on which he has served include the New Josquin Edition, Early Music History, Renaissance Quarterly, and Eastman Studies in Music. He has been a member of the board of directors for the American Musicological Society and the Renaissance Society of America, and has served on advisory boards for Villa I Tatti in Florence, The Josquin Project, and the Lost Voices Project. In 1987-88 he was a fellow in Florence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served as chair of the Musicology Department from spring 2007 to 2012, and as acting chair in spring 2015. In 2001-2 he served as Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1990 he was honored with the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eastman School of Music. From 1990 to 2004 he conducted the Eastman Capella Antiqua; CD with Savonarolan laudas and motets was included in the book Bonfire Songs. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, and joined the Eastman faculty in the same year. He taught at UCLA in 1984-85, and in spring 1999 he was Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard.

Works / Publications


  • Bonfire Songs: Savonarola’s Musical Legacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
    Awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan prize by the Renaissance Society of America.


  • “Savonarola and the Boys of Florence: Songs and Politics,” The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century Music, edd. Anna Maria Busse Berger and Jesse Rodin, 486-508. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, in press 2015.
  • “Singing in and around Florence Cathedral: Oral and Written, Local and Imported Traditions,” in Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral, ed. Gary M. Radke, 63-71. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2014.
  • “Josquin and Champion: Conflicting Attributions for the Psalm Motet De profundis clamavi,” in Uno gentile et subtile ingenio: Studies in Renaissance Music in Honour of Bonnie J. Blackburn, edd. M. Jennifer Bloxam et al., 453-68. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.
  • “La musica nei conventi savonaroliani nel Cinquecento,” Il Velo, la penna e la parola: Le domenicane: storia, instituzioni e scritture, edd. Gabriella Zarri and Gianni Festa, 177-84. Florence: Nerbini, 2009.
  • “Filippo Salviati, Caterina de’ Ricci, and Serafino Razzi: Patronage Practices at the Convent of San Vincenzo in Prato,” in L’istituzione ‘cappella musicale’ fra corte e chiesa nell’Italia del Rinascimento, ed. Franco Piperno et al., 349-71. Florence: Olschki, 2007.
  • “Retorica e affetti nel Rinascimento,” in Enciclopedia della musica 4, Storia della musica europea, ed. Jean-Jacques Nattiez, 316-340. Turin: Einaudi, 2004.
  • “An Expressive Detail in Josquin’s Nimphes, nappés.” Early Music 31 (2003): 400-411.
  • “A Musical Detective Story: Josquin’s Motet Cycle for the Sforza Rulers of Milan.” American Choral Review 44 (2002): 1-8.
  • “Providing Context: Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Music,” in Teaching Music History, ed. Mary Natvig, 3-11. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2002. Spanish translation: “La aportación del contexto a la enseñanza de la música Medieval y Renacentista,” Quodlibet 32 (2005): 76-85.
  • Lazare veni foras! Savonarola and the Franco-Flemish Motet,” in Una città e il suo profeta, Firenze di fronte al Savonarola, ed. G. C. Garfagnini, 451-467. Florence: Sismel, 2001.
  • “The Singing fanciulli: The Performance of Laude in the Duomo during the Time of Savonarola,” in Cantate Domino, Musica nei secoli per il Duomo di Firenze, ed. Carolyn Gianturco et al, 69-87. Florence: Edifir, 2001.
  • “Josquin and Musical Rhetoric: Miserere mei, Deus and Other Motets,” in The Josquin Companion, ed.Richard Sherr, 485-530. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “Italian Connections for Lupus Hellinck and Claude Le Jeune,” in Giaches de Wert (1535-1596) and His Time, ed. E. Schreuers, 151-163. Leuven: Alamire Foundation, 1999.
  • “Josquin, Good King René, and O bone et dulcissime Jesu,” in Hearing the Motet, ed. Dolores Pesce, 213-242. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • “Galeazzo Maria Sforza and Musical Patronage in Milan: Compère, Weerbeke, and Josquin.” Early Music History 15 (1996): 147-212.
  • “Some Thoughts on Josquin’s Illibata dei virgo nutrix and Galeazzo Maria Sforza,” in From Ciconia to Sweelinck, ed. Albert Clement and Eric Jas, 111-124. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994.
  • “Frescobaldi’s Musical Tributes to Ferrara,” in The Organist as Scholar, ed. Kerala J. Snyder, 197-231. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1994.
  • “Some New Contrafacta for Canti Carnascialeschi and Laude in Late Quattrocento Florence,” in La Musica a Firenze al Tempo di Lorenzo il Magnifico, ed. Piero Gargiulo, 143-166. Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1993.
  • “Josquin as Classic: Qui habitat, Memor esto, and Two Imitations Unmasked.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 118 (1993): 1-43.
  • “The Lauda and the Cult of Savonarola.” Renaissance Quarterly 45 (1992): 439-483. Awarded the William Nelson prize by the Renaissance Society of America.
  • Infiamma il mio cor: Savonarolan Laude by and for Dominican Nuns in Tuscany,” in The Crannied Wall, ed. Craig A. Monson, 161-189. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1992.
  • Celi enarrant: An Inauthentic Psalm Motet Attributed to Josquin,” in Proceedings of the International Josquin Symposium, Utrecht 1986, ed. Willem Elders, 25-44. Utrecht: Vereneging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, 1991.
  • “Josquin’s Misericordias Domini and Louis XI.” Early Music 19 (1991): 163-177.
  • “Josquin’s ‘Little’ Ave Maria: A Misplaced Motet from the Vultum tuum Cycle?” Tijdschrift van de Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis 39 (1989): 38-53.
  • “Savonarola and the Sixteenth-Century Motet.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 36 (1983): 422-452.


  • Secular Works for Six Voices, The New Josquin Edition 30. Utrecht: KVNM, 2015.
  • Motets on Texts from the Old Testament 2, Texts from the Psalms 1, The New Josquin Edition 15.  Utrecht: KVNM, 2009.
  • Savonarolan Laudas, Motets and Anthems, Recent Researches in Music of the Renaissance 116. Madison: A-R Editions, 1999.


  • Bonfire Songs: Savonarola’s Musical Legacy, Eastman Capella Antiqua (Oxford, 1998), CD included with book, Bonfire Songs.

Book Reviews

  • David Fallows. Josquin. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.  Renaissance Quarterly 65 (2012): 594-96.
  • Anthony M. Cummings. The Maecenas and the Madrialist: Patrons, Patronage, and the Origins of the Italian Madrigal.  Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2004.  Renaissance Quarterly 61 (2008): 263-64
  • Warren Drake. Ottaviano Petrucci, Motetti de Passione . . . B, Venice, 1503, Monuments of Renaissance Music 11. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.  MLA Notes 61 (2004): 222-26.
  • Paul A. Merkley and Lora L.M. Merkley. Music and Patronage in the Sforza Court. Turnhout: Brepols, 1999.  MLA Notes (2001): 620-22.
  • Rob C. Wegman. Born for the Muses: The Life and Masses of Jacob Obrecht. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. Music & Letters 76 (1995): 604-7.
  • Alfonso Ferrabosco. Opera omnia, I, Motets and Critical Commentary, ed. Richard Charteris. CMM 96. AIM, 1984; and Richard Charteris. Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588): A Thematic Catalogue of His Music, with a Biographical Calendar. New York: Pendragon Press, 1984.  Journal of the American Musicological Society 39 (1986): 650-55.