North American British Music Studies Association

CFP: Midwest Victorian Studies: Victorian Health and Wellness

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.

Recent Publications, Spring 2017


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.


Items of Interest

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.

CFP: Music in Nineteenth Century Britain (University of Birmingham, June 2017)

The eleventh Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain conference will take place at the University of Birmingham from 28 to 30 June 2017.  The Programme Committee invites proposals for presentations as follows:

• Individual papers up to 20 minutes and lecture recitals up to 45 minutes in length (with additional time for questions and discussion).
• Group presentations (e.g. round tables) up to two hours in length (depending on the number of participants).

Papers and presentations may focus on any aspect relevant to the conference’s over-arching remit, i.e. to present research into musical texts, performers and performances, and culture, and the social and economic uses of music in Britain, in the long nineteenth century (approximately 1789 to 1914).  We particularly welcome proposals that focus on the first of these areas.   We also invite proposals for papers and presentations that examine the influence and impact outside the then United Kingdom of musical texts, performers and cultures originating in the British Isles.

Please send proposals to the Programme Committee Chair, Dr Paul Rodmell ( in the following format:

• Individual Papers: abstract up to 300 words and autobiography up to 100 words.
• Lecture recitals: abstract up to 300 words, autobiography up to 100 words, and sample recording (e.g. via youtube link)
• Group Presentation: overall rationale up to 450 words, individual abstracts up to 300 words each, and individual autobiographies up to 100 words each.

Please include a note of any specialist technical needs (a piano, and audio visual equipment for powerpoint, sound and video recordings, will be provided as standard).

The deadline for submissions is Monday 12 December 2016.  A draft conference programme will be published in mid-January 2017.
Conference bookings will open in February 2017.

Programme Committee:
Dr Paul Rodmell (Chair, University of Birmingham)
Professor Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)
Professor Fiona Palmer (Maynooth University)
Dr Matthew Riley (University of Birmingham)
Dr Aidan Thomson (Queen’s University, Belfast)