Benjamin Ory

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford VPDoR Large Propel Grant.


I received my Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University in 2022 and have since served as visiting assistant professor in musicology at Williams College. My interests include sixteenth-century music, digital humanities, and the historiography of early music.

I’m the founder and director of the digital humanities resource, The 1520s Project, an open-source repository of 400 scores, ca. 1510–ca. 1540.

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Apr 22, 2024 I’m delighted that my article, “A Motet Wrongly Attributed to Adrian Willaert,” has just been published in the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.

I describe a problematic scholarly tendency to assume that an attribution in a given source can apply to works other than the one to which it is attached. Closer examination of Nigra sum makes clear that it is—contrary to what we’ve thought—a three-voice motet by an anonymous composer, with two si placet (additional) voices added later.
Mar 06, 2024 My contribution on Edward Lowinsky and the 1971 Josquin-Festival Conference has been published in the 2021 Troja Jahrbuch, “Josquin-Bilder im langen 20. Jahrhundert.”