"I am writing a book on the English Canzonetta, a genre of song popular in the late 18th century. I combine musical analysis with interpretation of literary, visual, and material culture in order to explore how Joseph Haydn's canzonettas, and the canzonetta genre more broadly, participated in debates about gender, industrialization, and politics. Because I also examine ninteenth- and twentieth- century transcriptions, recordings, performance practice, and reception, the book is also an investigation into ways music changes meaning across times and cultures.
My research interests include: music and medicine; music and faith; musical authorship, borrowing, and plagiarism; performance aesthetics; history and analysis of recorded music; music about trains."
Years at Knox: 2005 to present
Ph.D., Musicology, 2004, Cornell University.
M.A., Musicology, 1998, Cornell University.
B.Mus., Piano Performance and Music History, 1995, Oberlin College.
Music history, music and culture, historical performance practice, eighteenth century music and aesthetics, Caribbean steelband, Japanese taiko drumming.
Alternate, American Association of University Women postdoctoral fellowship, 2011-2012.
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fall 2009 and Fall 2010.
Prize winner, Innovative Course Design Competition, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 2009.
Edison Fellowship, Sound Archive, British Library, London, 2007-2008.
"The Singing Style," in Danuta Mirka, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). Under contract.
"‘The Clock Points its Moral to the Heart': Time and Memory in Haydn's English Canzonettas," in Marie-Agnes Dittrich, Marin Eybl, Reinhard Kapp, eds., Zyklus und Prozess: Joseph Haydn und die Zeit (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2011).
"The Composer, the Surgeon, His Wife, and Her Poems: Haydn and the Anatomy of the English Canzonetta," Eighteenth-Century Music 6.1 (2009): 77-112. Winner of the Pauline Alderman Award, International Alliance for Women in Music, 2011.
"Watches Without Pockets: Singing About Minutes in a London Drawing Room, circa 1800," in Cliff Eisen, ed., Coll' astuzia, col giudizio: Essays in Honor of Neal Zaslaw (Ann Arbor: Steglein, 2009): 268-285.
Joseph Haydn. Volksliedbearbeitungen, Nr. 365-429, Schottische Lieder Für William Whyte. In Joseph Haydn Werke, Reihe XXXII, Band 5. Edited by Andreas Friesenhagen and Egbert Hiller. (Munich: G. Henle Verlag, 2005.) Eighteenth-Century Music 5.2 (2008): 257-260.
John Travers. Eighteen Canzonets for Two and Three Voices. Edited by Emanuel Rubin. (Middleton: A-R Editions, 2005.) NOTES: Journal of the Music Library Association, 63.2 (December 2006): 435-437.
"Origins and Journeys of Haydn's English Canzenetta ‘The Wanderer.'" American Musicological Society, San Francisco, November 2011.
"‘Daughter of Sorrow': Feminine Exile and Joseph Haydn's ‘The Wanderer.'" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, Canada, March 2011.
"‘Lost in the Past, Disregarding Tomorrow': Journeys and Destinations of Haydn's ‘The Wanderer.'" Works-in-Progress Series, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2010.
"Four Fidelities: Musicology Meets Translation Studies." Seminar series in "Translations, Adaptations, and Modalities," Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2009.
"Time and Pastime in Song of Haydn's London." Institute of Musical Research, University of London School of Advanced Study, January 2009.
"Haydn's Canzonettas on Record." Studies in Recorded Music Seminar Series, British Library, London, January 2009.
"‘The Clock Points its Moral to the Heart': Time and Memory in Haydn's English Canzonettas," Zyklus und Prozess: Haydn und die Zeit, held at Institut für Analyse, Theorie und Geschichte der Musik, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, January 2009.
"Haydn, the Hunters, and the Anatomy of the English Canzonetta." American Musicological Society, Nashville, November 2008; North American British Music Studies Association, York University, July 2008.
"Integrating 'Survey' and 'Topic' Course Designs." Teaching Music History Day, Midwest American Musicological Society and the Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society, DePauw University, September 2008.
"Femininity and the Heart of a Frog: Fragmented Bodies in Haydn's English Songs." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, Oregon, March 2008.
"K. Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism and the Liberal Arts Music Curriculum." Poster. American Musicological Society, Los Angeles, California, November 2006.
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Britt Anderson encourages current Knox students to take classes in constitutional law, LSAT preparation, and to be ready to focus only on the study of law.
Scholar John Agnew aims to debunk myths and promote a better understanding of the dimensions of immigration in the United States and elsewhere.
A double-major in English literature and gender and women's studies, she walks in the footsteps of James Joyce and other writers, gaining a better understanding of them and their work.