Sunday, December 14, 2014

Interview:
Ellen T. Harris

The second of our video interviews reflecting on American musicology features Ellen T. Harris, who became president of the American Musicological Society in November 2014.

 

Cuepoints:
  • 00:22 on Handel and his friends
  • 05:20 on archives and historical narrative
  • 09:30 Handel as informant to Hanover
  • 11:30 musicology old and new
  • 14:55 new directions in musicology
  • 18:45 teaching as a mission for musicology

Ellen T. Harris is professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and president of the American Musicological Society. The book they talk about here is George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (W. W. Norton, 2014); Harris's previous book, Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard UP, 2001), was awarded the 2002 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2002-03 Louis Gottschalk Prize from the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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