- Christiane Spieth-Weissenbacher
(b Vorly, Cher, April 5, 1903; d Bourges, Sept 17, 1973). French musicologist. At the Schola Cantorum, Paris, she was a piano pupil of Blanche Selva; she took a diploma at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes with a dissertation on Portuguese music in the Middle Ages prepared under the direction of Louis Halphen in Paris and P. David in Coimbra (1944). At the Sorbonne she took an arts degree in 1946 and the doctorat d'Etat in 1957 with dissertations on the neumatic notation of French manuscripts and the liturgical deposition of Christ on Good Friday. In 1940 she joined the CNRS, where she became chargée de recherche (1958); concurrently she taught at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, as chargée de conférences (1950–59) and as director of studies (1959–73). She created the department of musicology at the University of Poitiers, where she was professor (...