Roseen Giles

Roseen Giles

Assistant Professor of Music

External Address: 
060 Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3311

Roseen Giles is a musicologist with a specialty in early modern musical culture; she is also the curator of DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections). In her research she examines the aesthetic, professional, and personal relationships between poets and musicians of the Italian Baroque. Her monograph (in progress)—provisionally titled The Sound of the Marvellous: Monteverdi and his Poets—contributes to the intertwined histories of music and literature by arguing that the controversial experiments of seventeenth-century poets had a profound influence on techniques in musical composition, most notably in the works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). She has published essays on music and philosophy in the Renaissance, memory and orality in the notation of medieval music, and is currently preparing an edition of Alessandro Grandi's Madrigali Concertati (1615 and 1622) for the composer's Opera Omnia published by the American Institute of Musicology. Roseen Giles is also an active baroque flautist, performing regularly in both orchestral and chamber settings.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (Canada) 2016
  • B.Mus., University of Toronto (Canada) 2010

Giles, R. "The Adiastematic Sources Preserving the Liturgical Office of Saint Thomas Becket." The Becket Offices Paradigms for Liturgical Research. Ed. Hughes, A. 2014. 29-39. (Chapter)

Giles, R. "Melismas in the Office for Thomas Becket of Canterbury." Les Traditions Du Plain-chant Occidental Actes Du Colloque de L'Institut Grégorien Du Canada : Université McMaster (Hamilton), 13-16 Août 2009. 2010. 139-156. (Chapter)

Giles, R. "Physicality and Devotion in Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Rosary Sonatas." Yale Journal of Music and Religion 4.2 (2018): 68-104.

Giles, R. "Monteverdi, Marino and the aesthetic of meraviglia." Early Music 45.3 (December 11, 2017): 415-427. Full Text

Giles, R. "'A Natural Voice?'." Cambridge Opera Journal 29.2: 240-251. (Review)

Giles, R. "Overcoming Death: Saint Mark Resurrected?." Toronto Bach Festival. (Liner Notes,Program Notes)