Vivian Perlis Remembered

Vivian Perlis Remembered

By Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Ph.D., musicology, [email protected] When Vivian Perlis died last month, the music world lost a respected scholar, a pioneering oral historian, an advocate for American composers and a strong supporter of women in classical music and jazz. Among her greatest achievements is the nationally recognized Oral History of American Music at Yale University Libraries, which she founded in 1969 with a series of interviews with people who knew the composer Charles Ives.  Those interviews culminated in the celebrated book Charles Ives Remembered (1974). In the 1980s, a long series of interviews with Aaron Copland led to a two-volume Copland…

SAM Conference: Day 3

SAM Conference: Day 3

Our adventures at SAM in New Orleans continue with more fantastic papers, food, and camaraderie! On Saturday morning I attended a truly wonderful session focusing on the lives and music of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, and considering new and intersectional ways to analyze and appreciate their respective bodies of work. Kori Hill presented on Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto: Kate Pukinskis presented on Margaret Bond’s Three Dream Portraits: And Marquese Carter presented on Florence Price’s song “The Washer Woman”. Together this panel brought into conversation vital conversation on the intersectional nature of studying, analyzing, and appreciating the works of Black…

Chen Yi and Zhou Long honored by SAM

Chen Yi and Zhou Long honored by SAM

Timothy Diovanni concludes his reporting on the Society for American Music conference by joining with Liane Curtis and offering insights on the on the Vivian Perlis Concert in Honor of Chen Yi and Zhou Long.   Zhou Long and Chen Yi are are Chinese-American composers who were honored with the Society of American Music’s distinguished Honorary Member award.  The presentation of the award, and the concert that followed of solo and chamber works by both composers took place on March 2, 2018 and can be heard in its entirety here. The text of the presentation by SAM President Sandra Graham, which…

the 44th Annual SAM Conference (part 1): Three Operas

Our reporter Tim Diovanni continues his report from the Society for American Music 44th Annual Conference.  (Read his Introduction here) Operas by Beach, Smyth, and Higdon: Compelling Opportunities for Diversification In this first installment of the series, I concentrate on three operas—Cabildo (composed 1932, premiered 1945), Der Wald (1902), and Cold Mountain (2015)—by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Jennifer Higdon, respectively. These works present enticing productive and historical opportunities for musicians, researchers, and institutions that allow them to diversify their efforts, an argument that I will support throughout this piece. Amy Beach: Cabildo In the early part of the 20th century,…