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CFP: Winter 2013 Meeting at Tufts University: Feb. 2, 2013

The Winter 2013 meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society will be held on Saturday, 2 February 2013 at Tufts University in Medford, MA. The Program Committee invites abstracts of up to 300 words for papers and roundtable sessions. Submissions in the area of digital musicology are of particular interest, but proposals on all musicological topics are welcome. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday, 26 November 2012 via email to jsholes at or by mail to Jacquelyn Sholes, AMS-NE Program Chair, Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, School of Music, College of Fine Arts, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Presenters must be members of the American Musicological Society . Those who are not currently dues-paying members of the New England Chapter will be asked to kindly remit the modest Chapter dues ($10).

Who Was F. Scott Fitzgerald's Daisy? A new e-book

Chapter member Andrea Olmstead writes about her new e-book that investigates "Daisy"-- the leading lady of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby )  and her real-life counterpart, Margaret Terry Chanler (nicknamed "Daisy" in real life).  Chanler is a historical figure of musical significance. Andrea shares the musicological connections of her new book below: --------------------------- Who Was F. Scott Fitzgerald's Daisy A new e- book by Andrea Olmstead Sometimes it helps to be a musicologist! You can catch things that scholars in other fields miss. In writing my Roger Sessions; A Biography I came across mention of composer Theodore Chanler's mother, Margaret Terry Chanler (1862-1952), described in a letter by Sessions' mother as "a great linguist, pianist, and reader." I knew that Fitzgerald and Sessions were born only months apart in 1896; Monday, September 24, is Fitzgerald's birthday. I also already knew that Theodore, known a

Fall Chapter Meeting a Success

With over 35 members in attendance, the Fall chapter meeting at College of the Holy Cross was a success. The papers covered a wide variety of topics including Haydn, opéra comique, chant, Schubert, Mahler, Busoni and Coltrane. Many thanks to Jessica Waldoff and Daniel DiCenso for their hospitality and organization. The following announcements were made at the business meeting: The chapter has now expanded its online presence to include the website, the blog, and the Facebook group. While the Google Groups continues to function as a mailing list, this may be switched over to a different way to maintain a mailing list that does not require subscription to the group. Important announcements (CFPs, meeting info, etc...) will be posted in all fora. Our Chapter Rep to the AMS, Michael Baumgartner, would like to hear from chapter members in regard to issues they feel might be brought to the AMS Council. In particular, he welcomes feedback regarding the proposed change to the AMS by-l

Fall Chapter Meeting, September 29, 2012 (College of the Holy Cross)

AMS-NE Chapter Meeting Saturday, September 29, 2012 College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) Erin Jerome, "Haydn’s L’incontro improvviso : Deceitful Dervishes, Greedy Servants, and the Meta- Performance of Alla Turca Style" Haydn’s L’incontro improvviso (1775), a reworking of Gluck’s La Rencontre imprévue (1764), was composed as part of the festivities surrounding the four-day visit to Eszterháza of Archduke Ferdinand, Habsburg governor of Milan, and his wife, Maria Beatrice d’Este.  With its overture in "Turkish" style, Egyptian setting, and standard bduction plot, the opera was in keeping with the exotic theme characterizing the courtly spectacles for the royal visit.  “Castagno, castagna,” a patently orientalized begging song that the scheming Calender performs for the slave Osmin, among other unsuspecting victims, has often been cited as a textbook example of alla turca style.

The seeming simplicity of this aria, however, masks an underly

Chapter Meeting: College of the Holy Cross, September 29, 2012

Our next chapter meeting will take place at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in the Brooks Concert Hall. Campus Map Accessibility Note:  T he walk from parking area to the Brooks Music Center involves a healthy number of stairs. If waking stairs presents a problem for any meeting attendee, campus security can arrange a ride from the parking area to conference site. The meeting site itself is completely accessible. Please call Campus Security at: (508) 793-2224 Below is schedule and list of papers. We hope to see you there! 9:45-10:15 Refreshments and Registration Morning Session 10:15 Welcome 10:20 Haydn’s L’incontro improvviso : Deceitful Dervishes, Greedy Servants, and the Meta- Performance of Alla Turca Style Erin Jerome (Brandeis University) 11:00 H ow Opéra-Comique Became French, or, Untangling the Origins of Revolutionary Opera Julia I. Doe (Yale University) 11:40 More Roman than “Gregorian,” More Frankish than “Old Roman”: What a Newly Rediscovered I

Spring Chapter Meeting, April 14, 2012 (Mt. Holyoke)

AMS-NE Chapter Meeting Saturday, April 14, 2012 Mt. Holyoke College Monica Chieffo, "Maria’s Veils, Salome’s Machinery: The Dance Scene in Metropolis and Salome" Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) has been judged by critics and scholars as a hallmark in the history of cinema and as the site of contentious statements about modernity, such as the aestheticization of technology and overtly formulaic gender roles. At the center of this discourse is the figure of the female robot Maria. In his influential analysis of the film, Andreas Huyssen notes how the perspective of the camera lens coincides with the male gaze, suggesting that the robot is constructed and subsequently animated by male vision throughout the film narrative. The film’s five-minute dance sequence—wherein the robot Maria emerges from an ornate urn to dance for a room full of male dinner guests—is reduced therefore to an instance of male vision. Huyssen leaves out completely any discussion of the

Winter Chapter Meeting, February 4, 2012 (MIT)

AMS-NE Chapter Meeting Saturday, February 4, 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology DOUBLE SESSIONS MORNING SESSION A (Killian Hall):   Part 1: Analysis and Interpretation of Classical Music Alex Ludwig, "Is Haydn Too Funny for Hepokoski and Darcy? Examining Haydn's Presence in H & D's Sonata Theory" In their massive book Elements of Sonata Theory , James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy on multiple occasions allude to –– or explicitly detail –– Joseph Haydn’s well-known proclivity towards the use of humor and wit. In doing so, they portray his compositional practice as falling outside of normal conventions, as in this discussion of recapitulatory material: “Thus Haydn provided his audience with a witty work cleverly suspended in the force fields of at least three formal categories (277).” At times, the reader can almost visualize Hepokoski and Darcy throwing their hands up in desperation at Haydn’s “startlingly original musical language (16)