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Music Scholar Speaks at UAFS April 13-14

Music Scholar Speaks at UAFS April 13-14(Posted: March 15, 2012)

Area residents have the opportunity to hear scholar Nicholas Temperley when he speaks at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith on April 13 and 14.

Dr. Temperley will present a guest lecture titled "Performing Haydn's 'Creation' in English" at 4 p.m. April 13 in Breedlove Auditorium. He is also the keynote speaker for the 10:15 a.m. session April 14 of the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, slated for the Weidman Center in the Pendergraft Health Sciences Center at UAFS. The April 13 event is free and open to the public, and there is an admission charge of $10 for the April 14 event.

Humanities and music professor Dr. Stephen Husarik of Fort Smith said this is the first time for an official branch of the American Musicology Society to meet in Arkansas and that the music faculty at UAFS considers it a privilege to host the meeting. He added that Temperley's appearance is also a plus for the University.

"This is a wonderful chance for us to experience the atmosphere of being with a top notch scholar like Nicholas Temperley," said Husarik. "There are superstars in every field, and he is one in the field of musicology."

Temperley was born and educated in England, receiving a Ph.D. in music from Cambridge University and teaching there as an assistant lecturer and fellow of Clare College (1961-66). From 1967 to 1996 he was a professor of music at the University of Illinois and served two terms as chair of the Musicology Division (1972-75 and 1992-96).

He is a specialist in the music of the 18th and 19th centuries and in English music of all periods. Although a pianist and harpsichordist, he devotes most of his energies to lecturing and writing, editing music and organizing performances and conferences.

Temperley has published 12 books on music for Oxford, Cambridge, Indiana, Illinois and other academic presses and has contributed 36 chapters to other books, 59 journal articles, 447 encyclopedia articles and 112 book reviews. From 1978 to 1980 he served as editor-in-chief of the "Journal of the American Musicological Society."

His book, "The Music of the English Parish Church," was awarded the Society's Otto Kinkeldey Award for the best book on music published in 1979. He has served on the editorial boards of Victorian Studies, American Music and the New Berlioz Edition, and as president of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association and the North American British Music Studies Association.

Temperley created and still directs the Hymn Tune Index, published in four volumes in 1998 and now accessible online at He has also published a 20-volume series of English piano music and editions of music by Haydn, Berlioz, Giordani and others; completed an unfinished opera by Mozart, staged in 1991; and organized and/or directed semi-staged performances of works by Purcell, Handel, Pergolesi, and Loder, and of "The Beggar's Opera."

His most recent publications are "Studies in English Church Music" (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), "Christmas is Coming: A Collection of Carols" (London: Peters Edition, 2009), and, with Stephen Banfield, "Music and the Wesleys" (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010). He is currently preparing, along with Beth Quitslund of Ohio University, a critical edition of the Elizabethan metrical psalm book, "Sternhold" and Hopkins's "The Whole Book of Psalms."

The meeting of the AMS Southwest Chapter will also include presentations by educators from the University of Chicago, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Texas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of North Texas and the University of Houston.

The Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society is a group of scholars, performers, and composers in the Southwest region of the United States.

Article by: Sondra LaMar, Director of Public Relations

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