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The American Musical Instrument Society


The Curt Sachs Award 2012

Renato Meucci

 Renato Meucci, right, with AMIS president Al Rice
Renato Meucci, right, with AMIS president Al Rice

Renato Meucci was born in 1958, and studied guitar and horn at the conservatories of Rome and Milan and classical philology at the University of Rome. After working as a free-lance horn player for some ten years, he turned to musicology and published papers on history, archaeology, iconography, performance practice, and musical instruments in books and journals in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, England, Austria, France, and the United States. He is the author of Strumentaio, a unique book on the history of musical instrument making in the Western tradition (2nd ed., Venice, 2010).  Meucci has taught courses on the history of musical instruments as an invited professor at the University of Parma (1994-2000) and Milan (2001-present).  He is full professor of music history at the Conservatorio Guido Cantelli in Novara, where he assumed the position of dean in 2011.

The award was presented to Meucci on May 20, 2012, during the society's meeting in New York City, in recognition of "his lifelong devotion to scholarship related to musical instruments, for his years of collaboration with musical instrument museums in Italy, for furthering the goals of the American Musical Instrument Society, and in recognition of his important books and articles on many types of musical instruments."

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