Ryan McCulloch: Shostakovich Research in Moscow


I am currently finishing up research funded by a Fulbright grant for the 2017–18 academic year. The research I conducted focuses on the composition and reception history of D.D. Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87. During my time in Moscow, I looked at over three-hundred pages of manuscripts for Op. 87 to analyze Shostakovich’s compositional … Continue reading Ryan McCulloch: Shostakovich Research in Moscow

Ryan McCulloch’s Research in Moscow


I was awarded a Fulbright for the 2017–18 academic year to research D.D. Shostakovich’s sketches of his 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87. This project has allowed me to work in three archives in Moscow: the Shostakovich Archive, the Glinka Museum, and the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI). In addition to the … Continue reading Ryan McCulloch’s Research in Moscow

Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil


This July and August, I spent time in São Paulo, Brazil conducting follow-up research for my dissertation, “São Paulo Underground: Musical Innovation and Independent Cultural Production in Urban Brazilian Experimental Music Practice.” The project investigates an independently organized scene of experimentally oriented musicians from a variety of styles, ranging from hardcore punk to free improvisation … Continue reading Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil

Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements


In early June this summer, I visited the Special Collections of the Hong Kong University Main Library, conducting archival research on the reception of particular Hollywood musical films and their Cantonese remakes through studying Hong Kong newspaper advertisements (in Chinese and English) from the 1950s. I was working on one of my three dissertation chapters … Continue reading Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements

Bringing Old Music to Life: Recording Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles


This summer, I had the opportunity (thanks to a bit of extra research funding) to have the music of sixteenth-century English composer Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles professionally recorded. This publication is one of the central musical sources for my dissertation, which investigates, among other things, the role printed music played during the … Continue reading Bringing Old Music to Life: Recording Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles

The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research


  It’s certainly not a traditional starting place for research, but when it comes to studying nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America, http://www.ancestry.com is an indispensable resource. In studying singers who performed opera in the American Old West, it has supplied me with documents including ship manifests, birth and death records, censuses, and wills and testaments. Such … Continue reading The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research