Research round-up: December 2019

Here’s a quick round-up of recent research activities, publications and events involving OU Music academics.

Prize for Emeritus Professor’s book

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments, edited by Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and John Wallace, has been named as one of the winners of the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2019. Choice is the reviews journal of the Association of College and Research Librarians, a division of the American Libraries Association. 6,000 academic titles across all subjects were submitted for the awards.

Cultural History of Glasgow Research Network

At the Public Study Day, Saturday 16th November, Dr Elaine Moohan and other network members presented collaborative talks about their research as well as a number of short talks about how to interpret types of archival documents and museum artefacts. These will shortly appear on the project website as Toolkits for research.

Friends of Glasgow Cathedral lecture

Elaine Moohan was delighted to be invited back to a meeting of the Friends of Glasgow Cathedral on St Andrew’s Day. She gave a lecture about church music in Glasgow during the 70 years following the Scottish Reformation of 1560.

Recent publications

Elaine Moohan’s edition of the complete works of Robert Johnson (c1500-c1560) is now in press and will be shortly available. Johnson’s works include church music for 2-5 voices, songs, and instrumental pieces. Individual works will be available as pdfs to encourage choirs to add his music to their repertoire.

An essay by Helen Coffey on ‘Music and ceremony in Maximilian’s Innsbruck’ has just been published on the University of Vienna’s Musikleben website.

Laura Hamer has had two chapters published in The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, edited by Christopher Dingle: ‘Critiquing the Canon: The Role of Criticism on Canon Formation’ and ‘The Gender Paradox: Criticism of Women and Women as Critics’. Earlier this year, Laura’s essay ‘A Cultural Formation: Dukas and Elsa Barraine’ was published in  Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician, edited by Helen Minors and Laura Watson.

An article by Naomi Barker titled ‘Mottos and Metaphors: Towards an Interpretation of the Emblems in Frescobaldi’s Primo libro d’arie musicali’ was recently published in the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, the official journal of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

Martin Clarke‘s chapter ‘“Come, All You People”: Lutheran Influences on the Spread of Global Hymnody’ was published in Celebrating Lutheran Music: Scholarly Perspectives at the Quincentenary, edited by Jonas Lundblad, Mattias Lundberg and Maria Schildt.

Head of Department Byron Dueck recently translated an historically important article on pentatonic music theory. The original article was written by Constantin Brăiloiu and published in 1955 as “Un problème de tonalité (La métabole pentatonique)”. The translation, entitled “A problem of tonality (Pentatonic metamorphosis)”, has been published in Translingual Discourse in Ethnomusicology.

Robert Samuels‘ blog post ‘Schoenberg’s Coalition Chess’ has been republished in Spanish in the journal El Rapto de Europa.

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