MU music faculty member to present paper in UK

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.Dr. Vicki Pierce Stroeher, associate professor of music at Marshall University, was invited to present her paper, “ ‘Without any tune’: The Role of the Discursive Shift in Brittens Interpretation of Poetry at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom at the Literary Britten Conference.

She will be reading the paper Saturday, Sept. 3.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was a 20th century English composer of the operas Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, and the Turn of the Screw, as well as a number of other vocal and instrumental works. Stroeher said she is particularly interested in his songs and song cycles, and so most of her research over the years has focused on these and the intersection between poetry and music. This particular paper explores Brittens musical language and how he uses that language to interpret poetry. The paper will be published as part of a new book series.

“I first fell in love with Brittens works in college and have been researching Britten since my earliest days in graduate school,” Stroeher said. “Being invited to present at this conference dedicated to his work is both an honor and a confirmation of my research efforts. I am humbled by it, but also excited about the opportunity to share my work with other Britten scholars.”

Stroeher received her Ph.D. in musicology in 1994 from the University of North Texas. Her dissertation was titled Form and Meaning in Benjamin Brittens Sonnet Cycles. She received a bachelor’s degree in music history and a bachelor’s in music education from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1981, and pursued additional studies at Indiana University and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Additionally, Stroeher will be in residence at the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh, England, for the month of September, working on transcribing and editing a volume of correspondence between Britten and his recital partner Peter Pears, with two colleagues from the Britten-Pears Library, Lucy Walker and Jude Brimmer.