Alyssa Wells: summer archival research


Alyssa Wells, a fifth-year PhD candidate in Historical Musicology, has spent the Summer of 2019 doing archival research in Chicago. Funded by a new summer research grant from the U of M Musicology department, she visited the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and the Chicago … Continue reading Alyssa Wells: summer archival research

William’s Research and Language-Study in Germany


Enjoy learning about what SMR member William van Geest was up to this past summer while away researching and studying in Germany. This summer, I spent two months in Germany studying German and researching. For the latter, I completed a four-week course at the Goethe Institute in Berlin (see photo). My participation in this course … Continue reading William’s Research and Language-Study in Germany

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