MICHEL V. HUGLO

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HUGLO MICHEL VICTOR RENÉ MARIE JOSEPH HUGLO Michel Victor René Marie Joseph Huglo was born in Lille, France, on December 14, 1921, to Michel Victor Marie Joseph Huglo and Madeleine Swyngedauw, the first of their 11 children. He died, aged 90, on May 13, 2012 in the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC from severe head trauma following an accidental fall on May 11 after he thanked singers for a concert they had performed in his honor. He is survived by his second wife, Barbara Helen Haggh-Huglo; and by six brothers and sisters, Marie-Madeleine, Dominique, Francis, Bernard, Paul-Étienne and Christian Huglo. Predeceasing him are his first wife, Marthe Marie Morel; his long-time companion, Nancy Phillips; and his brothers and sisters, Jean, Emmanuel, Marie-Ange and Marguerite-Marie. Educated at the Jesuit College de la Providence in Amiens, France, Michel Huglo entered the Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes in 1940, where he studied theology and philosophy from 1941-47. Appointed to the Abbey's atelier for Paléographie musicale in 1949, he worked until 1960 on the critical edition of the Roman Gradual with Dom Eugene Cardine, Dom Jacques Froger, Dom Jacques Hourlier, and Dom Pierre Combe, and prepared Le Graduel Romain, vol. 2: Les Sources. He received his PhD from Paris IV Sorbonne in 1969, his doctorat d'État from Paris X Nanterre in 1981, and the Honorary Dr. of Letters from the University of Chicago in 1991. As Chargé de recherche at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique of France in 1962, then Directeur de recherche in 1972, he prepared his pioneering study of medieval tonaries (Les tonaires, 1971) and examined early manuscripts in several European countries; in 1976 he founded the musicology section at the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (IRHT) of Paris. In 1987, he received the silver medal for research from the CNRS. He taught the paleography of medieval music at the École pratique des Hautes Études (Paris IV Sorbonne) from 1973 to 1986, and medieval Latin texts on music at the Université libre of Brussels from 1974 to 1987. Appointments followed as Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria (Spring 1990), Visiting Mellon Professor at the Institute for Historical Study of Princeton University (1990-91), and Visiting Professor at New York University (Spring 1993). In 1988-89, Michel was consultant for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts with musical content at the Walters Art Museum for the collection catalogue published in 1997. From 2000-2012, he held the title of Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Michel Huglo is known for his more than 200 articles and three books on the history and manuscripts of Old Roman, Ambrosian, Gallican, Hispanic, Byzantine, and Gregorian chant, late antique and medieval music theory, and early organum. 80 articles were reprinted as Variorum Reprints (Ashgate Publishers, 2004-2005). Further foundations for research are his repertories of more than 1500 manuscripts of Latin processional chant (RISM B XIV 1-2) and music theory (RISM B III 3 with C. Meyer of manuscripts in Germany; RISM B III 4 with N. Phillips of manuscripts in US libraries). Over his career, Michel Huglo reviewed the majority of new publications on medieval chant and theory. He continued to write articles and conduct voluminous correspondence with other scholars and students until his death. For his scholarship and service to musicology and medieval studies, Michel Huglo was selected as Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society in 1997, Honorary Member of the International Musicological Society in 2007, and Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2008. Michel Huglo will be remembered for introducing dozens of new research areas in musicology and medieval studies, as a genial mentor for generations of students, and as a witty, profoundly generous and humane colleague, with a delightful mischievous bent. The funeral service for Michel Huglo will take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512, tel. 402-423-1414. Interment at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on June 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD 20901, tel. 301-593-9500. Memorial services in France will be held on September 29. Memorial donations may be made to The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Music (for the Music Scholars Lecture Series); The Institute of Advanced Study (for the School of Historical Studies), Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, P.O. Box 7300, Bush Center, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300; or The American Friends of the Vatican Library, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI 48324. Memorial donations may be made to The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Music (for the Music Scholars Lecture Series); The Institute of Advanced Study (for the School of Historical Studies), Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, P.O. Box 7300, Bush Center, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300; or The American Friends of the Vatican Library, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI 48324.

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Published in The Washington Post on May 20, 2012
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