|June 2017. I'm the one without the sunglasses on.|
Some of that is still true, but as of Summer 2017 I have a new job as the chair of the music department at the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA). The courses I teach will be generally similar, although I don’t expect to be teaching far afield from music. (I will particularly miss a course I used to teach at Erskine about Dorothy L. Sayers.) Although there is more continuo playing in Northern Virginia, I don’t expect to be doing it. My horn-playing days may be numbered, but I’m still married to a superior horn player; and long may that continue.
The themes of this blog have been rattling around in my head for several years. I finally realized it was a book that I would never feel ready to write (and would be out of date before publication anyway), and that a blog would be a good way to explore these issues. For the first year I limited myself to two posts a month (an attempt to not let it run away with my time); even though the list of topics I want to discuss seems as long now as it did when I started, with the change of jobs I decided that I would have to lift my self-imposed posting deadlines, as settling my family in my new location is a more important use of my “free” time. I am very grateful to have met friends and like-minded people during the first year of posting, and I hope you will stick around.
I find myself thinking about musical text all the time anyway, particularly when I am accompanying. I regularly review editions of music in the Music Library Association journal Notes. Otherwise most of my publications have involved my work on British music c. 1860s-1960s. Among these are critical editions of music by William Walton (orchestral works c. 1960 and suites derived from his film scores), and a further volume forthcoming of orchestral song cycles by Charles Villiers Stanford. Here are almost all of the sources for one of the works in the project, assembled fairly neatly for once:
Another major focus of my research has been the music of Arthur Sullivan. Textual issues abound at every turn. Indeed, it is the new wave of textual scholarship involving the Savoy operas (for example, this and this) that will revolutionize the scholarly understanding of those works. It is an exciting time to work on Gilbert & Sullivan.
My hobbies: reading, vegetarian/vegan cooking, and childcare. (We’ve got three youngish kids--and two retired greyhounds.) There’s usually not much time for anything beyond that. If there is, my fourth hobby should be sleep.