August 25, 2019

UMW Senior Collaborates with Faculty on Note-Worthy Research

When Elyse Ridder ’19 declared as a music major, she expected to perform pieces by the likes of Aaron Copland. Never could she have imagined that she’d get to finish a work by the famed American composer. But Mary Washington made it happen. The UMW senior, who graduates next week, has spent countless hours working […]

Kuykendall Links Shakespeare and Bach at Society for Textual Scholarship Conference

Kuykendall found that these two works borrow interludes from Bach settings, as indicated.

Music Department Chair Dr. Brooks Kuykendall combined text-critical theories about Shakespeare with Bach sources at the interdisciplinary Society for Textual Scholarship conference in New York City, March 20-22.  His paper, entitled “The sources of Bach’s passaggio chorales:  all ‘bad quartos’?” reconsidered traditional views of copyists’ manuscripts of Bach organ works in light of theories which have developed around the early editions of some of Shakespeare’s plays–editions which are markedly different from the standard texts as performed today.  Early Bach sources reveal that his works were similarly contested from the start.

UMW Hits High Notes With New Pianos

Andrew Kraus was in the middle of a performance when he heard it. After playing the first of Brahms’s powerful and dramatic Rhapsodies, Op. 79, he began playing a softer piece. As his hands danced deftly and gracefully across the keys, he heard a distinctive “twang” that rang out through the hushed Dodd Auditorium. It […]

Kuykendall Publishes Critical Edition of Stanford Orchestral Works

Stanford: Orchestral Song Cycles (ed. Kuykendall and Kang), A-R Editions, 2019.

Music Department Chair Brooks Kuykendall’s new edition of works of Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) is now in print from A-R Editions.  The volume includes two of Stanford’s most popular works, Songs of the Sea (1904) and Songs of the Fleet (1910); both are orchestral song cycles setting texts of Henry Newbolt.

Kuykendall chronicled the development of this volume–a collaborative undergraduate research project–recently on his blog Settling Scores.

Kuykendall Returns to Oxford to Present at “London Stage” Conference

The 2018 Gilbert & Sullivan panel at New College, Oxford: (l-r) Martyn Strachan (The Open University); Brooks Kuykendall (UMW); and Benedict Taylor (University of Edinburgh)

Brooks Kuykendall, chair of the UMW Department of Music, returned to New College, Oxford for the second iteration of The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World conference, April 5-7, 2018.  As at the first conference in 2016, he was invited for a panel focusing on the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, convened by Dr. Benedict Taylor (University of Edinburgh).  This year Kuykendall presented the paper “Sullivan’s cosmopolitan dramaturgical ideal.”

Most of Kuykendall’s research has centered around British music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, extending beyond Gilbert & Sullivan to the music of Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Walton, and Britten, among others.