News and Events
Dr. Theodore Albrecht, UNT Distinguished Alumnus, has published the first volume of a path-breaking translation and edition of the deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven's so-called Conversation Books. Beethoven (1770-1827) began losing his hearing in 1798, and in 1818 began using blank booklets for his acquaintances to write their sides of conversations, while the composer himself replied orally. Albrecht's English translation and edition is being issued by the British publisher Boydell & Brewer in 12 volumes at approximately one volume per year. Volume 1 (including booklets 1-8) has just appeared and covers from February, 1818 to March, 1820. It includes such subjects as his legal battles over the guardianship of his nephew Karl, his composition of the Catholic Missa solemnis, his intolerance for anti-Semitism, as well as his pantheistic Evening Song under the Starry Heavens. Discussions range from history, education, literature, religion, languages, and science, to Beethoven's reading habits and his ways of eating a sausage! To order, please click here. Use promo code BB130 to receive 30% off until December 31, 2018.
Dr. Margaret Notley (Music History) received news that the AMS Series (Oxford University Press) has accepted her book manuscript. The title is Taken by the Devil: Censorship, Frank Wedekind, and Alban Berg's Opera “Lulu,” and it will be published next fall.
Hendrik Schulze (Music History) took part at the international conference on J. S. Bach “BACH BEARBEITET: VOR BACH – BACH UND SEINE ZEIT – NACH BACH” at the Bachfest in Tübingen, Germany, October 1-3. The title of his invited presentation was “Die Johann Crüger’schen Choralmelodien und ihre Veränderung durch Bach” (Johann Crüger’s Chorale Melodies and their Adaptation by Bach).
Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden (Music History) had two publications appear in October: a book chapter, “Digital Approaches to Historical Acoustemologies: Replication and Reenactment,” in the collection Digital Sound Studies, edited by Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, and Whitney Trettien (Duke University Press); and an article, “Music, Copyright, and Intellectual Property during the French Revolution: A Newly Discovered Letter from André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry,” published in Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales, a peer-reviewed journal supported and coedited by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and la Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.
She recently presented on a panel about Rethinking Enlightenment and chaired a panel on Recognizing Women's Labor at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas, and was elected Vice-President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music for a 2018–2020 term.
MHTE students and alumni presented papers at the fall meeting of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter in Canyon, Texas on Sept. 15. Bryan Stevens presented his paper "Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Early Keyboard Sonata in Spain," Dr. Emily Hagen (PhD 2018) presented her research poster "Supernatural Alterity and Affective Agency in Handel's Alcina," Dr. Mike Morey presented his paper "The Presence of Arnalta and Orpheus in Christopher Rouse's Cello Concerto," and Dr. Randy Kinnett (PhD 2009, Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus) presented his paper “Music and the Klan in 1920s Dallas.”