Kendra Preston Leonard

Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for The General (1927)

I’ll be presenting a paper on “Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for [Buster Keaton’s] The General (1927)” at the AMS-Midwest meeting, 23-24 September 2017 at Roosevelt University. I’ll be talking about race, post-war depictions of the American South in popular entertainment, the use of Southern-signifying music, and more of current relevance. This is a […]

Works in Progress

an update:   “Alice Smythe Jay, ‘Tipperary,’ and ‘Yakima’: An Early Case of Forensic Musicology” (article) “Music for the Kingdom of Shadows: Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism” (long-form article) “Projection, Erasure, and Recovery: Women in Silent Film Music” (monograph) “Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for The General (1927)” (Society for American music 2018 […]

Frederick J. LaVigne’s accompaniment for Cleopatra (Haskill, 1912)

I’ll be at the SCRC conference at UT-Austin in the Glickman Conference Center on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. On Friday I’ll be talking about “Shakespeare and Music in Silent Cinema” at 10 am in room 1.302 (Glickman Center). My presentation will include an audio-visual reconstruction of Rhode Island cinema musician Frederick J. […]

Music Privilege Walk Statements

Many of you are familiar with the idea of the Privilege Walk, in which a mediator reads statements relating to privilege and asks participants to step forward or backwards to indicate their relative positions in society as defined through those privileges. A sample with many common statements can be found here. A Privilege Walk is, […]

The Art Songs of Louise Talma: update

Routledge has promised that they will have bound page proofs for everyone to see at the Society for American Music meeting this week! Here’s a mock-up of the cover (they’re correcting my name now):

Where Am I? Spring 2017

Upcoming events: March 22-26: Society for American Music annual meeting, Montreal. I’ll be chairing Session 1C: Modernism Revisited, 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 23 March; co-chairing the Public Relations committee meeting Friday morning; and will be at the Scholar Meet-and-Greet sponsored by the SAM Student Forum on Friday or Saturday during the morning breaks–possibly both. April 1: AMS-SW […]

Listening to the Gaoler’s Daughter

My article on music in Two Noble Kinsmen and a blog post about writing the article are now up on Cerae: http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/article/view/57/124 (article); https://ceraejournal.com/2017/01/25/listening-to-the-gaolers-daughter/ (blog post).

Newberry Library Fellowship

I am honored to announce that I’ve been awarded the Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago. This Fellowship will enable me to spend six months at the Library with a cohort of nine other fellows. My research will be for my current large-scale project, “Women at the Pedals: Female Musicians in […]

Talk at UT Austin

I’ll be giving a talk on “Music for Early Film at the Ransom Center” at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in the Musicology Lecture Series on 17 February 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Music Recital Hall (MRH) 2.634.  The Harry C. Ransom Center is home to more than 27,000 pieces of […]