The Catholic University of America

Musicology Colloquium, 2014-15


In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the School of Music in 2015, all of our colloquium guests during that calendar year were faculty, current students, and alumni of The Catholic University of America.

Spring 2015

January 21: Dr. David Hildebrand (Ph.D. 1992; Adjunct Instructor, the Peabody Conservatory), "Two National Anthems? Music and Parody during the War of 1812 in America"

January 28: Kevin Frecker (Ph.D. student, CUA), "Brahms's Vier ernste Gesänge: Biblical Romanticism"

February 11: Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson (Clinical Assistant Professor of Musicology, CUA), "Carlos Chávez and Modern Music"  

February 18: Dr. Elise Kirk (Ph.D. 1977), "Perspectives on American Opera"

February 25: Dr. Anthony DelDonna (Ph.D. 1998; Associate Professor of Musicology, Georgetown University), "Cantatas in Honor of San Gennaro: Early Modern Martyr, Miracle Worker, and Musical Protagonist"

March 4: Dr. Matthew D. Morrison (M.A. 2008; Faculty Fellow, New York University), "Improvising and Scripting Identity in American Popular Music"

March 18: Dr. Denise Gallo (Ph.D.1997; Provincial Archivist, Daughters of Charity Province of Saint Louise), "Crafting Verdi's Librettos from Foreign-Language Literary Sources." This presentation was offered in conjunction with the School of Music's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

March 25: Rachel McNellis (B.M. 2011, M.A. 2014; Ph.D. student, Case Western Reserve University), "Inscribing the Marian Feasts: An Immaculist Interpretation of Guillaume Du Fay and Gilles Carlier's Recollectio Festorum Beatae Mariae Virginis"

April 8: Christopher Booth (Ph.D. candidate, CUA), "Mise-en-scène, Mozart, and the Unlikely Lutheran Chorale in Pawlikowski's Ida"

April 15: Dr. Andrew Simpson (Professor of Composition and Theory, CUA), "Neo-Hellenic Identity and Resistance in Mikis Theodorakis's Operatic Antigone"

April 22: Joseph Mann (Ph.D. student, CUA), "'Take them all and hang them one by one': English Church-Music Pamphlets as Political Propaganda, 1640-1643."


Fall 2014

September 17: Dr. Robert C. Provine (Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, College Park), "Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Sound Recordings of Korean Music"

October 1: Dr. Andrew H. Weaver (Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, CUA), "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe"

October 8: Dr. Carol A. Hess (Professor, University of California, Davis), "Aaron Copland in Latin America during the Cold War: Cultural Diplomacy and the Memory of the Good Neighbor"

October 15: Dr. Angeline Van Evera (Independent Scholar and Ph.D. alumna, CUA), "Schubert, Well Temperament, and the Conception of Key: Defending the Transpositions in Winterreise"

October 22: Dr. Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "From Scenario to Musical Play: New Light on the Creation of Carousel"

October 29: Dr. Karen Ahlquist (Associate Professor, The George Washington University), "Listening to 1876: Themes in Musical Reception at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition"

November 5: Dr. David Larkin (Lecturer in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), "'One of the past': Richard Strauss's Self-Image and the Dynamics of History"

November 12: Dr. Bonny H. Miller (Independent Scholar), "Telling Her Story: Writing the Counterpoint of Augusta Browne's Life in American Music and Letters"

November 19: Dr. Jorge Torres (Associate Professor, Lafayette College), "The Rhetoric of Melody: Aspects of French Lyricism in Seventeenth-Century pieces de luth"

December 3: Dr. Laura Youens (Professor Emerita, The George Washington University), "The Canterbury Festival and T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral"



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