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Martin Picker Fund supporting publications in Renaissance music

Martin Picker (1929–2005) was known especially for his work on the chansonniers of Marguerite of Austria and the music of Ockeghem, Isaac, and Josquin—as, in short, an eminent historian of music. He lived the cultured life of a serious scholar, an intellectual, and a man of letters.

He enrolled at the University of Chicago at the age of 15, and there earned a BA in philosophy and an MA in history. Drafted into the military, he expected to serve in the Korean war, but instead completed his military service in Germany. There he studied European art, music, and architecture, the particular experience that shaped and clarified his professional goals. He then undertook graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1960. There too, he met his life partner, Ruth Gross; they were married in June 1956 in New Jersey. They had three children: Anne Theresa, Catherine Jeanne, and John Martin.

Picker’s first appointment was at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from 1959. In 1961 moved to Rutgers University, where he spent the rest of his career, retiring in 1997. He was editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (1969–71) and, following Alvin H. Johnson, Executive Director of the Society (1993–96). The Martin Picker Fund was established in 2005 by Ruth G. Picker.

The Martin Picker Fund has been used to support the following publications:

Jane D. Hatter

Jane D. Hatter, Composing Community in Late Medieval Music: Self-Reference, Pedagogy and Practice. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108474917.

Michael Alan Anderson

Michael Alan Anderson, St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-64163-1.

Katelijne Schiltz

Katelijne Schiltz, Music and Riddle Culture in the Renaissance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107082298.

Jesse Rodin

Jesse Rodin, Josquin's Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel (AMS Studies in Music). Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0199844302.

Susan Parisi

Susan Parisi, Editor, Caterina Pampaloni, John Karr, and Robert Lamar Weaver, Compilers, The Music Library of a Noble Florentine Family. Harmonie Park Press. ISBN 0899901581. Supported by the Manfred Bukofzer and Martin Picker Endowments.


Timothy J. McGee, The Ceremonial Musicians of Late Medieval Florence. Indiana University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-253-35304-7.

Willem Elders, Chairman,

Willem Elders, ed., Motets on Non-Biblical Texts (The Collected Works of Josquin Des Prez). Koninklijke Vereniging Voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, 2009. ISBN 9 789063 750763.


Herbert Kellman, The Chigi Codex: A Monument of Late Burgundian Music and Art, University of Chicago Press (forthcoming)

Proposals appropriate for the Martin Picker Fund are accepted by the AMS Publications Committee regularly. See AMS Publication Subventions for further details.

Contributions to the Martin Picker Fund are warmly invited. Your support demonstrates an important commitment to the ideals and legacy of Martin Picker.