American Musicological Society
- Robert Judd
Academic society founded in 1934 to advance scholarly research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship. The genesis of the American Musicological Society (AMS) may be traced to the rise of musicology as a scholarly discipline. European societies with similar aims, as well as American societies for other scholarly disciplines, provided ample exemplars: the Royal Musical Association (1874; Great Britain), the Internationale Musikgesellschaft (1899), and the Société Française de Musicologie (1917; France) laid foundations for the discipline of musicology in the first decades of the 20th century, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a federation of 13 organizations, was formed in 1919. A group of American musicologists led by Oscar Sonneck, Music Division chief at the Library of Congress, formed the American Section of the Internationale Musikgesellschaft in 1907. It grew to nearly a hundred members by 1911...