With assistance from
the University of Iowa School of Music and International Programs, Matthew Arndt presented a paper entitled “ as Allegory of Spiritual Transformation” at the annual meetings of the The Dark Side of Oz New Zealand Musicological Society at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. According to Arndt, “ , the mashup of The Dark Side of Oz Pink Floyd’s and The Dark Side of the Moon , has established itself as an inspiring work of art, giving rise to live shows as well as new music and art. It is also a decidedly open work, having no identifiable author and no generic conventions. Faced with these interpretive challenges, scholars have hardly examined the phenomenon in artistic terms at all, with the exception of The Wizard of Oz John Richardson. […] This study adopts the premise that the meaningfulness of the mashup is grounded […] in its affordance of a conceptual blending of the album’s musical-lyrical content with the film’s narrative. […] As a prism selectively activates color, so the album serendipitously activates elements in the film to present an allegory of spiritual transformation that closely matches the analysis of this process in St. Theophan the Recluse’s magisterial .” The Path to Salvation
In the spring,
Jessica Kizzire and Greg Newbold successfully defended their graduate documents. Greg’s master’s thesis explores serial procedures in Benjamin Frankel’s music for the Hammer cult film, . In her doctoral dissertation, Jessica Kizzire contemplates musical adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Alice novels, with special emphasis placed on film and ballet. Congratulations to both on these major accomplishments!
Cody Norling spent time at the State Historical Society of Iowa researching the cultivation of music in Iowa City in the nineteenth century, specifically the efforts of early Iowa settler Robert Hutchinson. This topic is the subject of a paper to be given at the American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter meeting in September. He also wrote a book review for .
The Annals of Iowa
traveled to Denver and Washington, D.C., to conduct research in preparation for two conference papers. While in Washington, he visited the Library of Congress to work with the
Aaron Copland collection
for a project about Copland’s music for the film
Of Mice and Men
. Additionally, he was named Artistic Director for
, an all-ability artist group in Iowa City.
presented on the symphonic score to
The Wizard of Oz
“Music and the Moving Image”
conference, hosted annually at
. From there, he hopped the pond to the
University of Huddersfield
, where he participated in the international symposium
“Sources and Archives in Screen Sound Studies.”
Nathan served on the program committee and also contributed a presentation titled “Resonant Spaces or Echo Chambers? Listening to Hollywood’s Music Through Its Archives.”
Marian Wilson Kimber visited the FDR Presidential Library and Museum to examine the music sent by American citizens to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression. In June she appeared with pianist Natalie Landowski, performing spoken-word compositions by Phyllis Fergus at the 120th anniversary celebration of the founding of the National League of American Pen Women in Washington, D.C. Wilson Kimber’s article about Fergus, who became the first musician president of the Pen Women in 1936, was published in their magazine.
With assistance from
the University of Iowa School of Music and International Programs, Matthew Arndt presented a paper on modernism and organicism in Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, op. 1, at the Music Theory Midwest Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference in Iowa City and at the Ninth European Music Analysis Conference in Strasbourg, France. He also corrected proofs for his book, , coming out next month. The Musical Thought and Spiritual Lives of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg
Village of Obernai, France
Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Cody Norling, Curse of the Werewolf, Greg Newbold, Heinrich Schenker, Jessica Kizzire, Matthew Arndt, Nathan Platte, Obernai, State Historical Society of Iowa, The Wizard of Oz