Musicologist Tim Carter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won two major awards from the American Musicological Society. It is the first time that one scholar has received dual honors in the same year — and in very different fields.
Carter is the David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He received the H. Colin Slim Award, which honors an article of “exceptional merit,” for “Monteverdi, Early Opera and a Question of Genre: The Case of Andromeda (1620),” which was published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Carter gives Monteverdi’s libretto a fresh look in this examination of its dramatic content, its likely musical setting (now lost) and some fundamental questions of genre.
Carter also won the Claude V. Palisca Award, which honors a score or scholarly text that “best exemplifies the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, logic and clarity of thought, and communication.” The award was given for his edition of Kurt Weill’s “Johnny Johnson.” Originally produced by the legendary Group Theatre in 1936, “Johnny Johnson” (with book and lyrics by UNC playwright Paul Green) marked Weill’s first Broadway show.
The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 to advance research in various fields of music.
Carter’s latest book (co-authored with Richard Goldthwaite), “Orpheus in the Marketplace: Jacopo Peri and the Economy of Latye Renaissance Florence” (Harvard University Press), was selected as a “classical gem” in The New York Times‘ 2013 Christmas gift list.