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Otto Kinkeldey Award Winners

This award was inaugurated in 1967 to recognize the most distinguished book in musicology published during the previous year. It is named after Otto Kinkeldey, Honorary President of the Society until his death in 1966. He held the first chair in musicology at a university in the United States at Cornell University between 1930 and 1946, was a charter member of the Society, and served as its President in 1935–36 and 1941–42.


2018 Karol Berger
Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche (University of California Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0520292758)
2017 Roger Moseley
Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo (University of California Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0520291249)
2016 Martha Feldman
The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds (University of California Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0520279490)
2015 Elisabeth Le Guin
The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain (University of California Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0520276307)
2014 Scott Burnham
Mozart's Grace (Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0691009100)
2013 Tamara Levitz
Modernist Mysteries: Persephone (Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0199730162)
2012 Ruth HaCohen
The Music Libel Against the Jews (Yale University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0300167784)
2011 Katherine Bergeron
Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque (Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0195337051)
2010 Charles M. Atkinson
The Critical Nexus: Tone-System, Mode, and Notation in Early Medieval Music (Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-195148-886)
2009 Michael Long
Beautiful Monsters: Imagining the Classic in Musical Media (University of California Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-520-22897-9)
2008 Ellen Rosand
Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy (University of California Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0520249349)
2007 Philip Gossett
Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera (University of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0226304825)
2006 Richard Taruskin
The Oxford History of Western Music (Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0195169794)
2005 Susan McClary
Modal Subjectivities: Self-Fashioning in the Italian Madrigal (University of California Press, 2004, ISBN 0520234936)
2005 Finalist: Ruth A. Solie
Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations (University of California Press, 2004, ISBN 0520238451)
2005 Finalist: Elijah Wald
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (Amistad Press, 2004, ISBN 0060524235)
2004 Daniel Heartz
Music in European Capitals: The Galant Style, 1720-1780 (W. W. Norton & Co., 2003)
2004 Finalist: Wendy Heller
Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women's Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice (University of California Press, 2003)
2004 Finalist: Christopher Reynolds
Motives for Allusion: Context and Content in Nineteenth-Century Music (Harvard University Press, 2003)
2003 Anne Walters Robertson
Guillaume de Machaut and Reims: Context and Meaning in His Musical Works (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
2003 Finalist: Richard Leppert
Essays on music (Theodor W. Adorno): Selected, with Introduction, Commentary, and Notes (University of California Press, 2002)
2002 Ellen T. Harris
Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard University Press, 2001)
2001 Laurel E. Fay
Shostakovich: a Life (Oxford University Press, 2000)
2001 Christoph Wolff
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (W. W. Norton & Co., 2000)
2000 Mary Hunter
The Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna: A Poetics of Entertainment (Princeton University Press, 1999)
2000 Thomas J. Mathiesen
Apollo's Lyre: Greek Music and Music Theory in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (University of Nebraska Press, 1999)
1999 Jane A. Bernstein
Music Printing in Renaissance Venice: the Scotto Press (1539-1572) (Oxford University Press, 1998)
1999 John A. Rice
Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 Scott DeVeaux
The Birth of Bebop: a Social and Musical History (University of California Press, 1997)
1997 Richard Taruskin
Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions (University of California Press, 1996)
1997 Laurence Dreyfus
Bach and the Patterns of Invention (Harvard University Press, 1996)
1996 Charles Rosen
The Romantic Generation (Harvard University Press, 1995)
1995 Richard Kramer
Distant Cycles: Schubert and the Conceiving of Song (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
1994 Margot Fassler
Gothic Song: Victorine Sequences and Augustinian Reform in Twelfth-Century Paris (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
1993 Eric Chafe
Monteverdi's Tonal Language (Schirmer, 1992)
1993 Lewis Rowell
Music and Musical Thought in Early India (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
1992 James Webster
Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
1991 No Award
1990 Thomas Forrest Kelly
The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge University Press, 1989)
1990 Craig Wright
Music and Ceremony at Notre Dame of Paris, 500–1550 (Cambridge University Press, 1989)
1989 Maynard Solomon
Beethoven Essays (Harvard University Press, 1988)
1988 Karol Berger
Music Ficta: Theories of Accidental Inflection in Vocal Polyphony from Marchetto da Padua to Gioseffo Zarlino (Cambridge University Press, 1987)
1988 Anthony Seeger
Why Suya Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People (Cambridge University Press, 1987)
1987 Frederick Neuman
Ornamentation and Improvisation in Mozart (Princeton University Press, 1986)
1986 Douglas Johnson, Alan Tyson, and Robert Winter
The Beethoven Sketchbooks: History, Reconstruction, Inventory (University of California Press, 1985)
1985 Lewis Lockwood
Music in Renaissance Ferrara, 1400–1505: The creation of a musical center in the fifteenth century (Harvard University Press, 1984)
1984 Howard Mayer Brown
A Florentine Chansonnier from the Time of Lorenzo the Magnificent (University of Chicago Press, 1983)
1983 Edwin M. Good
Giraffes, Black Dragons, and other Pianos: A Technological History from Cristofori to the Modern Concert Grand (Stanford University Press, 1982)
1982 Joseph Kerman
The Masses and Motets of William Byrd (University of California Press, 1981)
1981 George Perle
The Operas of Alban Berg: Volume I, Wozzeck (University of California Press, 1980)
1980 Leeman L. Perkins & Howard Garey
The Mellon Chansonnier (Yale University Press, 1979)
1980 Nicholas Temperley
The Music of the English Parish Church (Cambridge University Press, 1979)
1979 No Award
1978 Richard L. Crocker
The Early Medieval Sequence (University of California Press, 1977)
1977 H.C. Robbins Landon
Haydn: Chronicle and Works, Vol. III: Haydn in London 1791–1795 (Indiana University Press, 1976)
1976 David P. McKay and Richard Crawford
William Billings of Boston: Eighteenth-Century Composer (Princeton University Press, 1975)
1975 Vivian Perlis
Charles Ives Remembered: an Oral History (Yale University Press, 1974)
1974 Robert L. Marshall
The Compositional Process of J.S. Bach (Princeton University Press, 1972)
1973 H. Colin Slim
A Gift of Madrigals and Motets (University of Chicago Press, 1972)
1972 Albert Seay
Jacobus Arcadelt, Opera Omnia, vol. II (American Institute of Musicology, 1971)
1971 Daniel Heartz
Pierre d‘Attaingnant, Royal Printer of Music (University of California Press, 1970)
1971 Joseph Kerman
Ludwig van Beethoven, Autograph Miscellany from ca. 1786 to 1799. British Museum add. ms. 19801 (The ‘Kafka Sketchbook’) (Oxford University Press, 1970)
1970 Nino Pirrotta
Li Due Orfei, da Poliziano a Monteverdi (RAI, 1969)
1969 Edward Lowinsky
The Medici Codex of 1518 (University of Chicago Press, 1968)
1968 Rulan Chao Pian
Sonq Dynasty Musical Sources and their Interpretation (Harvard University Press, 1967)
1967 William W. Austin
Music in the Twentieth Century, from Debussy Through Stravinsky (W. W. Norton, 1966)