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Alejandro Planchart
UC Santa Barbara

Alejandro Planchart is professor of music, emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His book The Repertory of Tropes at Winchester won the Gustave Arlt award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States in 1979. In 2006 he received the Howard M. Brown Award from Early Music America for his lifetime contribution to the field of early music, and in 2009 he received the Arion Prize from the Cambridge Society for Early Music for his work on Guillaume Du Fay. Born in 1935 in Caracas, Planchart studied composition, piano, and harpsichord at Yale University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. He studied musicology at Harvard University, and received his PhD in 1971. In 1963 he founded the early music ensemble Cappella Cordina, which later became the collegium musicum at Yale. Planchart also founded a collegium musicum at UC Santa Barbara.

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