Discussing Louise Talma on BBC Radio 3

In this one-hour broadcast, which includes recordings of Talma’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Variations on 13 ways of looking at blackbird, and Full Circle, Donald Macleod and I talk about Louise Talma and her time at the MacDowell Colony. You can listen to the broadcast online for the next 30 days for free.

Society for American Music Sight and Sound Subvention

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve won the 2016 Society for American Music Sight and Sound Subvention. The subvention will fund my project, “Scoring the Silver Screen from ‘Fairy Flirtations’ to The Sea Beast: Recordings of Repertoire from the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive,” which will involve a collaboration between the Silent Film Sound […]

BBC Radio 3 interview on Louise Talma

My interview on BBC Radio 3 with Donald MacLeod on Louise Talma will air on 17 March 2016 at noon (UK time), with a repeat broadcast that evening at 18.30. It will thereafter be available online for 30 days at the BBC Radio 3 website. The episode is one of five for the week focusing […]

More links for the Musicology Now debate

Some new links: Brown AMS Avenger: a LiveJournal site where anyone can post anonymously or with ID on the ongoing discussion A Reply to Musicology Now, on Musicology Now, by William Cheng A Reply on Felicia Miyakawa’s Blog, by Jeremy Grimshaw Another Reply on Felicia Miyakawa’s Blog, by Gillian Rodger (link to the Charles Rosen […]

New site for AMS/Musicology Now discussion

Head on over to http://brownamsavenger.livejournal.com/612.html to join in the conversation. You can post anonymously there, unlike at the Musicology Now site. I hope it will remain a safe space for discussion. Huge thanks to the person or persons who set it up!

On Musicology Now and issues of privilege

Earlier today, the AMS blog Musicology Now (MN) published a piece called “Don Giovanni Goes to Prison,” in which Pierpaolo Polzonetti described teaching opera in a correction institute. I–along with many of my colleagues–found this article highly problematic for its racism and classism. Some of us discussed this on Facebook and Twitter (see the Storify […]

American Music Research Center Summer Fellowship

I’ve just learned that I have been awarded a Summer Fellowship at the American Music Research Center Summer Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, to do research in their two collections of silent film materials–the Alvin G. Layton Collection and the Hank Troy Collection–for a new project called “Music for the Cinematic Supernatural in the […]

2015 in Review and Previewing 2016

This year: My book chapter on music and disability in William Walton’s score for Laurence Olivier’s Richard III–specifically the ways in which Walton uses altered sounds from the orchestra to create musical manifestations of Richard’s “unnaturalness”–was published as “Music for Richard III: Cinematic Scoring for the Early Modern Monstrous” in The Oxford Handbook of Music […]

More fantastic praise for Louise Talma: A Life in Composition

I’m absolutely thrilled by this review by Rose Dodd of Louise Talma: A Life in Composition in Tempo, Volume 70, Issue 275 (January 2016, pp 109 – 111. DOI: 10.1017/S0040298215000844, Published online: 07 December 2015). A taste: Kendra Preston Leonard’s book is densely packed with a level of detail that, for a single volume, is […]

ML75.UNT Symposium at the University of North Texas, April 2016

I’m please to announce that I’ll be speaking at the University of North Texas’s ML75. UNT Symposium, celebrating the Music Library’s 75th anniversary. The Symposium takes place April 22-23, 2016. I’ll be talking about music in the library’s Special Collections–my full abstract is below. Music for Silent “Spook Tales” in the University of North Texas […]