The North American British Music Studies Association

The North American British Music Studies Association

NABMSA Reviews: Fall 2017

The newest issue of NABMSA Reviews is now available with reviews of:

1. Andrew J. Boyle, Delius and Norway
2. Lisa Colton,Angel Song: Medieval English Music in History
3. Nicholas Temperley, ed., Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder (1809–1865) and his Family
4. Robert Gordon and Olaf Jubin, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical
5. Richard Semmens, Studies in the English Pantomime, 1712–1733
6. Vicki P. Stroeher and Justin Vickers, eds., Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on an Inexplicit Art
7. Sandra Mangsen, Songs without Words: Keyboard Arrangements of Vocal Music in England, 1560–1760
8. Paul Watt, Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography
You can find this issue of NABMSA Reviews at

Midwest Victorian Studies Conference

CFP – Victorian Health and Wellness

Saint Louis University

April 20-22, 2018


What did it mean to be healthy in nineteenth-century Britain and its empire? What practices and policies shaped soundness of body, mind, and spirit? Just how well (or unwell) were the Victorians? The Program Committee for the 2018 MVSA conference invites proposals for papers and panels on the subject of Victorian health and wellness. Submissions are welcome from scholars working in art history, musicology, history, science, philosophy, theater, literature, and other fields of scholarly endeavor. We encourage proposals that will contribute to cross-disciplinary discussion, which is a special feature of MVSA conferences.


The Jane Stedman Plenary Speaker will be Dr. Carolyn Day of the Department of History at Furman University. Professor Day is an expert on perceptions and experiences of disease in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, and is the author of Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease.


The 2018 conference will feature seminars led by Dr. Carolyn Day, Dr. Christopher Ferguson, and Dr. Anne Stiles.


More information can be found on the conference CFP (deadline Sept 30th), the seminar CFP  (deadline Oct 31st), and the MVSA website.


Dibble, Jeremy. “Context, Form and Style in Sterndale Bennett’s Piano Concertos.” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 13/2 (December 2016): 195-219.

Earle, Ben. “Modernism and Reification in the Music of Frank Bridge.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 141/2 (November 2016): 335-402.

Ellsworth, Therese. “The British Isles and Beyond: The Performance of Instrumental Music by William Sterndale Bennett during the Long Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 13/2 (December 2016): 233-255.

Fleming, Simon David Iain. “The Musical Activities of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.” Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 48 (2017): 65-90.

Horton, Peter. “An Obsession with Perfection: William Sterndale Bennett and Composers’ Block.” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 13/2 (December 2016): 257-87.

McGuire, Charles Edward. “Of Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Database.” Notes 73/3 (March 2017): 432-72.

Millar, Stephen R. “Irish Republican Music and (Post)colonial Schizophrenia.” Popular Music and Society 40/1 (2017): 75-88.

Mühlenbeck, Bettina S. “On Musical Journeys: William Sterndale Bennett’s Diaries, 1836–1842.” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 13/2 (December 2016): 221-232.

Murphy, Estelle. “‘Liveridge is in Ireland’: Richard Leveridge and the Earliest Surviving Dublin Birthday Odes.” Music and Letters 98/1 (February 2017): 32-73.

Senici, Emanuele. “Slipping Out Handel, ‘As with rosy steps the morn’ (Irene), Theodora, Act I.” Cambridge Opera Journal, Special Issue: Rethinking the Aria  – in honor of Roger Parker 28/2 (July 2016): 127-31.

Talbot, Michael, “Maurice Greene’s Vocal Chamber Music on Italian Texts.” Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 48 (2017): 91-124.

Temperley, Nicholas. “William Sterndale Bennett: Imitator or Original?” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 13/2 (December 2016): 173-193.

Walkling, Andrew R. “The Ups and Downs of Louis Grabu.” Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 48 (2017): 1-64.

Walton, Benjamin. “Malibran’s Favourite Aria Balfe, ‘With Rapture Dwelling’ (Isoline), The Maid of Artois, Act III.” Cambridge Opera Journal, Special Issue: Rethinking the Aria  – in honor of Roger Parker 28/2 (July 2016): 161-65.

Wiebe, Heather. “Confronting Opera in the 1960s: Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 142/1 (May 2017): 173-204.

Wiebe, Heather. “Fade to Black Britten, ‘O Waly, Waly’ (1947), in Terence Davies’s Distant Voices, Still Lives.” Cambridge Opera Journal, Special Issue: Rethinking the Aria  – in honor of Roger Parker 28/2 (July 2016): 263-66.

Williams, Sarah F. Williams. “To the Tune of Witchcraft: Witchcraft, Popular Song, and the Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Ballad.” Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 19/3 (2013):

Wium, Matildie Thom. “Jenny Lind, Harriet Grote and Elite Music Patronage in Early Victorian London.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 141/2 (November 2016): 283-302.



Beyond Boundaries: Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern England. Edited by Linda Phyllis Austern, Candace Bailey, and Amanda Eubanks Winkler. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster. Edited by Paul Watt, Derek B. Scott, and Patrick Spedding. Cambridge Unviersity Press, 2017.

Dervan, Michael. The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland, 1916-2016. Dublin, New Island, 2016.

Fitzpatrick, Marjorie. Music and Power in Eighteenth-Century Court Society: Handel’s Messiah and Protestant Ascendancy. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2016.

Lew, Nathaniel G. Tonic to the Nation: Making English Music in the Festival of Britain. New York: Routledge, 2017.

McKerrell, Simon. Focus: Scottish Traditional Music. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder (1908-1865) and his Family. Edited by Nicholas Temperley. Woodbridge Boydell Press, 2016.

My Beloved Man: The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Edited by Vicki P. Stroeher, Nicholas Clark, and Jude Brimmer. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2016.

Palmer, Fiona M. Conductors in Britain, 1870–1914: Wielding the Baton at the Height of Empire. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2017.

Rayborn, Tim. A New English Music: Composers and Folk Traditions in England’s Musical Renaissance from the Late 19th to the mid-20th Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2016.

Semmens, Richard. Studies in the English Pantomime, 1712-1733. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2016.

Shope, Bradley. American Popular Music in Britain’s Raj. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2016.

Watt, Paul. Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2017.



Davies, Peter Maxwell. Symphony No. 10: Alla ricerca di Borromi. Study Score. Schott, 2013.

Elgar, Edward. “Ecce sacerdos magnus.” Ecclesiasticus, 2015.

Elgar, Edward. “Sospiri,” for harp and organ. Transcribed by Nigel Potts. MorningStar, 2016.

The Songs of Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916), 2 volumes. Edited by Jennifer Oates. Recent Researches in Music of the Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Centuries. Madison, WI: AR Editions, 2016.

Savoy Curtain Raisers. Edited by Christopher O’Brien. Musica Britannica, v. 99. London: Stainer & Bell, 2015.


Musicology Now has a new (and minimally controversial) blog post. Elina Hamilton explores whether or not Queen Elizabeth II really has an honorary doctorate in musicology.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Not Another Music History Cliché, then you’re missing out. NABMSA’s own Linda Shaver-Gleason has been taking on the persistent myths and misinterpretations that keep popping up in program notes, blogs, and other writings. The most recent post tackles W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten.

Syracuse University News has a fascinating piece highlighting Amanda Eubanks Winkler’s work on staging Restoration Shakespeare. It’s worth a read for anyone interested in Shakespeare, the Restoration, or historical staging practices.