Mary Frandsen


Associate Professor of Music
Director of Resources and Outreach

Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, 1997
M.A. Eastman School of Music, 1985
B.M. SUNY Potsdam, 1980

Chair, American Heinrich Schütz Society, 2000-06
Member of the Board of Directors, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
Member of the Advisory Board, International Heinrich-Schütz-Gesellschaft, 2000-06
Member of the Steering Committee, Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship, 2003 -
115C Crowley Hall of Music
Telephone: (574) 631-9391


• American Musicological Society

• Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

• American Bach Society

• Society for Court Studies

• Society for Early Modern Catholic Studies


• Sacred music of the seventeenth century

• Music and musicians of the seventeenth-century Dresden court, including Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

• Vincenzo Albrici (1631-1690/96), and Marco Giuseppe Peranda (ca. 1625-75)

• Sacred concerto and motet

• Musical patronage and related issues (music and economics, music and politics, etc.)

• Lutheran liturgy and music, ca. 1520-1750

• Music and spirituality in the Early Modern Period



Crossing Confessional Boundaries: The Patronage of Italian Sacred Music in Seventeenth-Century Dresden. Forthcoming in 2006 from Oxford University Press.


• Monograph-length study of the emergence of Christocentric devotional texts in the seventeenth-century Lutheran musical repertoire.


• "Eunuchi conjugium: the Marriage of a Castrato in Early Modern Germany," forthcoming in Early Music History 24 (2005).

• “‘Schütz and the Young Italians at the Dresden Court’ Revisited: Roman Influences in O bone Jesu, fili Mariae virginis (SWV 471)”; forthcoming in Schütz-Jahrbuch 26 (2004).

• “Worship as Representation: the Italianate Hofkapelle of Johann Georg II as an Instrument of Image Creation,” in Kunst und Repräsentation am Dresdner Hof, ed. Barbara Marx; forthcoming in 2005 from Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich.

• “Musical Internationalism and Italianità in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Dresden,” in Italianità: Image and Practice / Italianità. Gestalt und Wahrnehmung, edited by Norbert Dubowy, Herbert Seifert, and Andrea Sommer-Mathis; forthcoming from Berlin Verlag Arno Spitz.

• “Allies in the Cause of Italian Music: Schütz, Prince Johann Georg II, and Musical Politics in Dresden,” Journal of the Royal Musical Association. vol. 125/1 (2000): 1-40.

• “Albrici, Peranda und die Ursprünge der Concerto-Aria-Kantate in Dresden," Schütz-Jahrbuch 18 (1996): 123-139.


Die frühe Entwicklung der Concerto-Arie-Kantate in Dresden (“The Early Development of the Concerto-Aria Cantata in Dresden”); critical edition with historical introduction of the earliest known concerto-aria cantatas by Vincenzo Albrici (1631-90/96) and Marco Giuseppe Peranda (ca. 1625-75). To be published by the Ständige Konferenz Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, und Thüringen, e. V., in the series Denkmäler Mitteldeutscher Barockmusik, Series I: Musikalische Zentren in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, und Thüringen. Forthcoming in 2005.



• “Self-Image and the Castrato”; paper delivered at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Houston, Texas, 13-16 November 2003.

• “The ‘Problem’ of Sacred Music Between Schütz and Bach”; paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, 27-30 April 2000.

• “The Roman Solo Motet and the Transformation of the Sacred Concerto in Germany”; paper delivered at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Boston, 29 October-1 November 1998.

• “Allies in the Cause of Italian Music: Schütz, the Prince, and Musical Politics in Dresden”; Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 17-19 April 1998.

• “‘Und die Musica dirigirte der Capellmeister Albrici’: Italian Music at the Dresden Court of Johann Georg II”; First Triennial Meeting of Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär, Duke University, 19-21 April 1995.

• “Motet, Concerto, or Cantata? Problems of Genre Designation in the Later Seventeenth Century”; Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, Eastman School of Music, 29 April-1 May 1994.

• “The Sacred Concerto in Dresden: New Documentary Evidence”; combined meeting of the American Bach and American Heinrich Schütz Societies, Columbia University, 24-26 April 1992.


• "Liturgies of Hope and Reconciliation: The 1650 Dresden Danckfest and the 1660 Friedensfest"; paper to be presented at the 20th biennial meeting of Societas Liturgica, Dresden, Germany, 8-13 August 2005.

• “Italian Music and Italian Musicians in Dresden, 1650-1680”; paper presented at the conference “Italianità: Image and Practice in Central European Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries,” Baden/Vienna, Austria, 22-24 September 2000, organized by the research group "Italian Opera in Central Europe," part of the research project “Musical Life in Europe, 1600-1900: Circulation, Institutions, Representation,” sponsored by the European Science Foundation.

• “Zur Verbreitung des römischen Motettenstils von Albrici und Peranda in der Einflußsphäre Sachsen– Norddeutschland–Skandinavien”; 36th International Heinrich Schütz Festival and Colloquium, Flensburg, Germany, 18-21 September 1997.

• “Eine wichtige Spur: Albrici, Peranda, und die frühe Erscheinung der ‘Concerto-Aria-Kantate’ in Dresden”; 34th International Heinrich Schütz Festival and Colloquium, Dresden, Germany, 19-24 September 1995.


• "Musica rhetorica and Musica pathetica in the Works of Buxtehude"; lecture to be given at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Early Keyboard Society, University of Notre Dame, 16-18 June 2006.

• “Theological Content and Symbolism in the Mass in B Minor of Johann Sebastian Bach”; seminar at the conference “Teaching Theology through Music: Conveying Theological Concepts through the Music of Church,” organized by the Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame (Prof. John Cavadini, Director) and sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Oakwood Retreat and Conference Center in Syracuse, Indiana, 24 May - 4 June 2004.

• “Music and Lutheran Spirituality in the Later Seventeenth Century”; paper presented at the Musicology Colloquium, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 22 February 2002.

• “Why Spend Time in a Dusty Archive? What Archival Research can Reveal about Music History”; lecture presented at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, Recital-Forum, 3 December 2001

• “Lutheran Liturgical Life at the Time of Bach”; lecture presented at the Region V Convention of the American Guild of Organists, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 17-20 June 2001.

• “The ‘Problem’ of Sacred Music Between Schütz and Bach”; paper presented in the “Lectures in Musicology” Series at Ohio State University, 2 May 2001.

• “Sacred Music in Dresden after Schütz: the Italian Connection”; Eastman School of Music Musicology Lecture Series, 6 December 1996.

• “An Important Clue: Albrici, Peranda, and the Early Appearance of the Concerto-Aria Cantata in Dresden,” Cornell University Musicology Colloquium, 16 October 1995.


• “Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232): The Culmination of a Life’s Work in Music”; pre-concert lecture for the performance of the Mass in B minor by the South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk, Director, 23 May 2004.

• “From Rome to Lübeck über Dresden: The Development of the Concerto-Aria Cantata”; pre-concert lecture for the concert “The Seventeenth-Century Concerto-Aria Cantata: Lenten Music from Dresden and Lübeck,” presented by the Orchestra of the 17th-Century (Washington, D.C.), Michael Holmes, Director, St. Luke’s Catholic Church (McLean, Va.), 28 March 2004.

• “Bach’s Credo: A Glimpse into the Composer’s Private Eschatology”; Pre-concert lecture for the Bach Collegium-Fort Wayne performance of the Credo from the Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) by J. S. Bach, and other works, 23 March 2003.


• Reconstruction of a Bach-era Leipzig Easter Vespers and lecture, “Festal Liturgies in Leipzig During the Bach Era”; lecture preceding the performance of a Bach-era Leipzig Easter Vespers liturgy (liturgical reconstruction from historical sources and determination of musical content by Mary Frandsen), performed 8 February 2003 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, with faculty and students of the School of Music; sponsored by the IU Bloomington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

• Reconstruction of Dresden Vespers ca. 1646, with music of Heinrich Schütz, for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, 3-6 April 2003, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Participatory event held at Old Home Church (Moravian) in Old Salem, North Carolina.


• 2001-2002 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

• 1999 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend; Proposal Title: "The Patronage of Italian Sacred Music in Seventeenth-Century Dresden"

• 1993-94 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

• 1991 Theodore Presser Award (support for dissertation research in Sweden and Germany)


• University of Notre Dame, Department of Music, 1997-

• Ithaca College, School of Music, 1994-95