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12 November 2019

Emeritus Professor honoured by American Musicological Society

Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson is elected as Corresponding Member by the American Musicological Society for pioneering the study of recorded sound and medieval music.

Emeritus Professor honoured by American Musicological Society

We are pleased to announce, at this years American Musicological Society (AMS) annual meeting in Boston; Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson was elected as Corresponding Member, in absentia on 30 October 2019.

Professor Leech-Wilkinson was honoured by the Board and the Council for his “innovative body of work in medieval studies” alongside Suk Won Yi, Professor and Chair of Musicology at Seoul National University.

Unlike most of your contemporaries in Britain and elsewhere, who continued to pursue a narrowly philological agenda common for medieval musicologists, you helped point the way to broader questions of how composers put medieval polyphony together, and how it should be analysed and understood today. Moreover, you have been a pioneer in the study of recorded sound, particularly its effects on the way we hear music.

Read by AMS at the awards ceremony

The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 as a non-profit organisation to advance “research in the various fields of Music as a branch of learning and Scholarship”. In 1951 the Society became a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies. At present, 3,500 individual members and 1,000 institutional subscribers from forty nations are on the rolls of the Society.

Professor Leech-Wilkinson is Emeritus Professor of Music at King’s College London; his research includes the politics of musical performance norms, alternative approaches to performing western classical music and music cognition. He re-joined King’s in September 1997 and is currently investigating in a project called Challenging Performance, the constraints imposed on performer creativity in classical music.


For more information about Professor Leech-Wilkinson, please see his academic profile.

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Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

Emeritus Professor of Music