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Selected Faculty Scholarship

Neal Zaslaw (co-author): The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution 1650 – 1815

“…a hefty tome that will remain an indispensable resource for years to come…if God is in the details, this book is divine…Spitzer and Zaslaw serve up a rigorous, meticulously documented text that consolidates the rapidly growing body of international research on the early history of the orchestra.”–Symphony

James Webster: Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style: Through-Composition and Cyclic Integration in His Instrumental Music

This volume offers a new view of Joseph Haydn’s instrumental music. It argues that many of Haydn’s greatest and most characteristic instrumental works are “through-composed” in the sense that their several movements are bound together into a cycle. Professor Webster challenges the concept of “classical style” which, he argues, has distorted our understanding of Haydn’s development, and he stresses the need for a greater appreciation of Haydn’s early music and of his stature as Beethoven’s equal.

Judith Kellock: East Meets West

This unique disc features the artistry of soprano Judith Kellock in works by composers either American-born (Womack, Moss and Askim), or now an American citizen (Chen Yi) or born and active in Japan (Hosokawa). These works show each composer’s fascination with Asian culture, primarily that of China and Japan as well as settings of Vietnamese poetry (Askim’s Spring Essence). Judith Kellock has been described in the press as “a singer of rare intelligence and vocal splendor, with a voice of indescribable beauty.”

Judith Peraino: Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig

In this fresh and innovative study, Judith A. Peraino investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with a close examination of the mythology surrounding the sirens–whose music seduced Ulysses into a state of mind in which he would gladly sacrifice everything for the illicit pleasures promised in their song–Peraino goes on to consider the musical creatures, musical gods and demigods, musical humans, and music-addled listeners who have been associated with behavior that breaches social conventions.

Rebecca Harris-Warrick (co-author): Musical Theatre at the Court of Louis XIV: Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos

Dance played a major role in all French Baroque theatrical entertainments. Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos, a short ballet performed at the court of Louis XIV, is of major importance, largely because it has survived complete in all its components – choreography, music, and text – and also because it uses a previously unknown dance notation system. This book reproduces the entire manuscript of this ballet and provides a comprehensive study of the work itself and of the circumstances in which it was created and performed.

Steven Pond: Head Hunters: The Making of Jazz’s First Platinum Album

Steven Pond’s Head Hunters captures a transitional moment in modern music history, a time when jazz and rock intermingled to create a new, often controversial, genre. At the forefront of that style was Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock’s foray into the fusion jazz market. It was also the first jazz album to go platinum, and the best-selling jazz record of all time to that point.

Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky & Lutoslawski

  • Composers: Witold Lutoslawski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng

Annette Richards (editor): C.P.E. Bach Studies

Focusing on his activity in Hamburg from 1767 until his death in 1788, this collection of essays explores the literary and aesthetic contexts of C.P.E. Bach’s later work. It includes essays on Bach’s position on contemporary concepts of responsiveness, his sacred music and views on religion, and on the contemporary and posthumous reception of his music. The volume seeks to re-establish the centrality of Bach’s music in late 18th-century German culture.

“A must for music historians and students of 18th-century culture. Essential.” — Choice