The School of Music mourns the passing of visionaries in musicology

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Frank D’Accone and Marie Louise Martinez Göllner both died in 2022. Each played pivotal roles in building UCLA’s musicology department during their long tenures at UCLA, which spanned the 1970s. in the 1990s.

“To me,” said current department chair Ray Knapp, “Frank and Marie Louise will always be the visionaries who saw what musicology could be at UCLA. Together they led the group that created the department , they served as the department’s first two chairs, and through strategic hiring they set the stage for its emergence as the nation’s premier musicology program.We both owe them a huge debt.

Frank D’Accone joined UCLA as a tenured professor in 1968. Prior to that, he taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His scholarly work explored, broadly, the music of northern Italy. His groundbreaking thesis, which he completed at Harvard University, documented Florence’s music.

As a scholar, D’Accone was known for his astute attention to archival manuscripts and his penetrating critical analyses. His twelve volumes of the Florentine repertoire of the Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae turns in importance. “There is no scholar working in the field of Italian Renaissance music,” Dr Bojan Bujic, a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, wrote in 2008, “who is not familiar with [it]or with his articles on Florentine music from the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century.

In 1997, D’Accone published The Civic Muse: Music and Musicians in Siena in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with the University of Chicago Press. The book has been praised for its comprehensive archival breadth, documentary record, and nuanced cultural analysis of the place of music in Siena.

Marie Louise Martinez Göllner joined the musicology department at UCLA in 1970. A former Fulbright scholar, Göllner studied with renowned professor Thrasybulos Georgiades at the University of Munich, where she received her doctorate in 1962. She developed a passion for archival research and has published guides. cataloging manuscripts in the 1970s. She translated Georgiades Music and language (1954) in English and provided a new introduction, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 1982. She was known for her penetrating and deeply informed work on late medieval and early modern German music, and the development of the symphonic form.

In 2000, on the occasion of his retirement, a conference was held at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. The proceedings were collected and published by Harmonie Park Press under the title The echo of music: Essays in honor of Marie Louise Göllner. A festschrift is a high honor that students must pay to an influential teacher. Frank D’Accone also received the rare honor of festschrit: Musica Franca, Essays in Honor of Frank D’Acconepublished by Pendragon Press in 1996.

he teacher (Frank D’Accone) always held us to his high expectations,” recalls Alyson McLamore, music teacher at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, “but he made us believe we could achieve them. He was a pepper shaker, but also very quick to laugh at his own weaknesses afterwards. I miss him terribly, as do many who called him friend and/or mentor.

Maria Louise Göllner was a formidable presence herself, standing six feet tall with wavy black hair, and always quick to make an observation or comment. Steven Loza, now professor of ethnomusicology and chair of global jazz studies, first met her when she was head of the department and he was a graduate student. Loza remembered her as “graceful and fun-loving”. Ray Knapp echoed that sentiment, fondly recalling his fierce pride in his students, colleagues and department.

Both Göllner and D’Accone distinguished themselves as diligent scholars and conscientious teachers, and will be remembered for their grace, loyalty, and zest for life. The School of Music mourns their passing, but is grateful for the decades of teaching, scholarship and service of these two great scholars.

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