Brian E. Power

Faculty of Humanities

Brian E. Power

Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Music
Ext: 4306

Work currently in progress, or about to be begun, along with indication of when the project is likely to culminate and what form it will take:


The Introit Cycle of Trento Archivio Capitolare, MS 93, for the series: Recent Researches in the Music of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance (Midddleton, WI: A-R Editions –in preparation) [musical edition, with commentary, of the polyphonic introits from Trent Codex 93 (mid-fifteenth century), most of them previously unpublished].

Research project (book-length study):

Working title: Polyphonic Music for the Proper of the Mass in the Late Middle Ages [a broad study involving several fifteenth-century manuscripts of liturgical music from northern Italy, southern Germany, Czech Republic, and England; to culminate in a historical overview and musical analysis of this large body of music –currently at research stage].

Work previously undertaken, research achievements or projects completed:

Edited book:

  • (with Maureen Epp, co-editor) The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music: Essays in honour of Timothy J. McGee (Farnham, UK and Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 2009), xviii + 291 pp., incl. 17 b&w illus., 2 col. plates, 9 tables, 28 mus. exx. [volume of 12 essays presenting a cross-section of the newest research on performance issues in Medieval and Renaissance music; the subject is approached from a broad perspective, drawing on complimentary disciplines such as dance history, art history, music iconography, and performance traditions from beyond western Europe; dedicated to early-music performance practice scholar, Timothy J. McGee] –for further information, see:

Book chapters:

  • “Rubrics in Trent 93 and Trent 90: A performer's guide?” in The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music: Essays in honour of Timothy J. McGee, ed. Maureen Epp and Brian E. Power (Farnham, UK and Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 2009), 61–84 [study of rubrics and other scribal marginalia, and their performance implications for the music in Trent Codices 93 and 90].
  • “Problems and Possibilities in the Performance of Trent 93's Polyphonic Introits”, in Music and Medieval Manuscripts: Paleography and Performance, ed. John Haines and Randall Rosenfeld (Aldershot UK, Burlington USA: Ashgate, 2004), 182–206 [study of music notation anomalies and associated performance practice concerns when singing this repertoire; presented in a volume dedicated to Andrew Hughes].

Articles (refereed):

  • “The Swiss Connection: Manuscript Transmission and the Introits of Trent Codex 93”, Recercare: Rivista per lo studio e la pratica della musica antica 16 (2004): 7-22 [theories on manuscript transmission in the mid-15th century, involving the Trent Codices, the Aosta Manuscript, and the Council of Basle (1431–49)].
  • (Invited) “Experiences and Challenges: Reflections on Making the Transition from Graduate Student to Professor,” CAML Review/Revue de l'ACBM, 30/2 (2002): 24-28.

Creative work in the Performing Arts (Compact disc recordings as member of ensemble):

  • Reformation & Renaissance: Psalms, Motets & Dances. Calvin Choir & Recordare Ensemble, dir. Stephanie Martin. Recorded at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Toronto. Martin/Calvin Choir, 2003 (#SJM003) –tenor.
  • Rejoice! Pax Christi Chorale, dir. Stephanie Martin. Recorded at Grace Church-on- the-Hill, Toronto. Marshall Arts Productions, 1999 (#SJM002) –tenor.
  • Wassail! The Choir of Calvin Presbyterian Church, dir. Stephanie Martin. Recorded at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto. Lockwood/Martin, 1996 (#SJM001) –baritone.

Selected reviews:

  • Fauvel Studies: Allegory, Chronicle, Music, and Image in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS Français 146 , ed. Margaret Bent and Andrew Wathey (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998). Canadian University Music Review/Revue de musique des universités canadiennes, 23/1-2 (2003): 227-32.
  • Murray Adaskin: Canadian Composers Portraits, produced and narrated by Eitan Cornfield (Centrediscs, 2002), 2 CDs. CAML Review/Revue de l'ACBM, 30/3 (2002): 20-21.
  • Sacred Choral Music III/Choeurs religieux et liturgiques III, ed. Clifford Ford (Ottawa: Canadian Musical Heritage Society, 1999). CAML Review/Revue de l'ACBM, 28/2 (2000): 33-4.

Selected conference papers (with refereed abstracts):

  • (with Stephanie Martin, York University) “Ancient Echoes: Stylistic Influences in Healey Willan's Liturgical Music” (incl. live choral demonstrations), The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium V, Festival 500: Sharing the Voices (5th Bienniel International Festival of Choral Music), School of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland, July 1, 2005.
  • Fauxbourdon: Where the Oral and Written Traditions Meet in two 15th-Century Musical Manuscripts,” Symposium on Negotiations between Oral and Written Traditions 1450-1650, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Feb. 26, 2005.
  • “Church Council, Plague, and Coincidence: The Transmission of Musical Manuscripts in Southern Europe in the Fifteenth Century,” American Musicological Society - New York State/St. Lawrence Chapter, Cornell University, April 3, 2004.
  • “The Basle Connection: A Possible Provenance for the Introits of Codex Tridentinus 93,” International Congress of the European Middle Ages, International Medieval Institute, University of Leeds, UK, July 11, 2002.
  • Loquebar de testimoniis tuis: Veneration of the Virgin Martyr in a 15th -century musical manuscript,” 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, May 6, 2001.
  • “Experiences and Challenges: Making the Transition from Graduate Student to Professor,” Société de musique des universités canadiennes/Canadian University Music Society, Université Laval, Faculté de musique, Québec, May 25, 2001.


Research Grants held (including dates) and Research Awards or Honours:

Brock University: HRI Research Award, 2005-06
Brock University: Dean of Humanities Travel Award, 2005
Brock University: Dean of Humanities Travel Award, 2004
SSHRC (Internal): 4-A Grant, 2003-04
SSHRC (Internal): Research Seed Grant, 2002-03
Brock University: IDC Instructional Technology Grant, 2002
Brock University: Dean of Humanities Travel Award, 2002,
Brock University: Dean of Humanities Travel Award, 2001
Canadian University Music Society: George Proctor Prize, 1997
Associates of the University of Toronto: Travel Grant for Doctoral Research, 1995
SSHRC: Doctoral Fellowship, 1993-94

Areas of Research Interest (in brief):

15th-century sacred music; medieval liturgy and music; early music manuscripts: notation and transmission; early music theory; Canadian sacred choral music.