This Festschrift for William F. Prizer on the occasion of his 65th birthday and retirement from University of California, Santa Barbara, features thirty articles by eminent scholars and former students. Professor Prizer’s publications have focused on music in northern Italy during the Renaissance, drawing on archival research, textual criticism, and gender studies ranging from the noble patronage of Isabella d’Este to the racy repertories of carnival songs and of courtesans. He was also the first to link the ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Fleece to the enigmatic L’homme armé repertory. The volume’s title and organization of the essays, therefore, draw on these scholarly interests as well as his passion for mysteries. The studies span the Middle Ages to the present, offering topical categories such as Ceremony and Ritual; Liturgical Polyphony; Words and Music in the Humanist Era; Ribaldry in High and Low Places; On Stage in Church and Theater; Gender, Power, Virtù; Enigmatic Women; Musical Innovators and Innovations; and Mysteries and Secrets Revealed.
Kristine K. Forney: Kristine K. Forney completed her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 1978, writing a dissertation on the Antwerp publishing house of Tielman Susato. Her specialties include Renaissance performance practices, music printing and publishing, women and music, and source studies. She has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Musicology, Early Music History, Early Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musica disciplina, Revue belge de musicology/Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Muziekwetenschap, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., and in various essay collections and Festschriften. She also edited several volumes of chansons published by Susato in the Garland Sixteenth-Century Chanson series. Kristine Forney is the co-author of the widely-used textbook The Enjoyment of Music, and is the editor of The Norton Scores. She is Professor of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and has also taught at the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a performer on Renaissance instruments, and was a Collegium Musicum director for twenty years. She lives in Westlake Village, California with her husband, William F. Prizer, and their two cats.