North American British Music Studies Association

Recent Publications: February 2014

 Compiled by Jennifer Oates


Atlas, Allan W. “On the cyclic integrity of Vaughan Williams’s Songs of travel: one new question – no new answer.” Musical Times, vol. 154, no. 1924 (Autumn 2013): 5-17.

Britton, Andrew.  “The guitar and the Bristol school of artists.” Early Music, vol. 41, no. 4 (November 2013): 585-594.

Sparks, Paul. “Clara Ross, Mabel Downing and ladies’ guitar and mandolin bands in late Victorian Britain.” Early Music, vol. 41, no. 4 (November 2013): 621-632.

Thomson, Aidan J. “Bax and the ‘Celtic North’.” Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, vol. 8 (2012-13): 51-87.

Thomson, Aidan J. “Elgar and the City: the Cockaigne Overture and Contributions of Modernity.” Musical Quarterly, vol. 96 (Summer 2013): 219-62.

Wiley, Christopher. “Music and Literature: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and ‘The First Woman to Write an Opera’.” Musical Quarterly, vol. 96, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 263-295.


Aspden, Suzanne. The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel’s Operatic Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Beard, David. Harrison Birtwistle’s Operas and Music Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Calhoun, Scott D., Ed. Exploring U2: Is This Rock ‘n’ Roll?: Essays on the Music, Work, and Influence of U2. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012.

Gilman, Todd. The Theatre Career of Thomas Arne. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2013.

Gloag, Kenneth and Nicholas Jones, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Korczynski, Marek, Michael Pickering, and Emma Robertson. Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Mackenzie, Bridget. Piping Traditions of the Isle of Skye. Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012.

Mackenzie, Bridget. The Piping Tradition of the Inner Isles of the West Coast of Scotland. Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012.

McCarthy, Kerry. Byrd. The Master Musicians Series. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

McCleave, Sarah Yuill. Dance in Handel’s London Operas. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2013.

Motherway, Susan H. The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013.

Powell, Neil. Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music. New York: Henry Holt, 2013.


MacMillan, James. Violin Concerto (2009). Violin-Piano Score arranged by Stephen Gibson. London: Boosey, 2013.

New News Blog for NABMSA

Dear NABMSA members,

At our business meeting at AMS in November 2013, I proposed and the board agreed that we should move much of the content previously published in the NABMSA Newsletter to a blog format. The biggest reason behind this shift is so that NABMSA can post news and other information with expiration dates–like calls for papers, job listings, etc.–in a more time-sensitive manner. NABMSA news, letters from the President and other officers, calls for papers, and other announcements will now show up here, so please add this site to your RSS feed manager or check back often.

Michelle Meinhart is the blog editor-in-chief, and there is a new blog committee, whose members will be posted over at the Officers page. If you have an item you think would be of interest to NABMSA members, please contact Michelle directly for it to be evaluated for posting.

Book reviews–an important part of the Newsletter–will be published separately as NABMSA Reviews, which will post twice a year as PDFs on the NABMSA site. If you’re interested in reviewing books or have a book you’d like reviewed in NABMSA Reviews, please contact Christina Bashford, the Reviews Editor.

I hope these changes will make keeping up with NABMSA easier for you, and I encourage everyone to submit news items, CFPs, and other materials of interest to our community to the blog for publication.

Best, Kendra Leonard