Charles McGuire Presents Paper
August 6, 2020
Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire presented the paper, "Patti vs. Butt on the British Stage, or the Legacy of an Operatic Star versus a Festival Star” at the biennial conference of the North American British Music Studies Association.
Charles McGuire Launches Online Tool
June 2, 2017
Charles McGuire, professor of musicology, has launched the Musical Festivals Database (MFD), a online tool that allows users explore and research the performance history of British Musical Festivals between 1695-1940. The programming and implementation of the database musicalfestivals.org is a collaboration between the Oberlin College Library, Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Five Colleges of Ohio, the Mellon Foundation, and Duke University’s Digital Scholarship Services. Due to the efforts of Oberlin and Duke student research assistants, one can use the MFD to search more than 500 festivals online, find out when and where a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor worked in Great Britain, and what was performed. The database is part of McGuire’s long-standing project to research musical festivals and the history of performance in order to implement within the Oberlin classroom a broader discussion of what music history was and is.
Charles McGuire Awarded Fellowship at Duke University
April 23, 2015
Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire has been awarded a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Duke University for the 2015-16 academic year.
At Duke, McGuire will be working on a monograph, "The British Musical Festival, 1695-1940: A Social History of Taste." The monograph investigates the musical festival in Great Britain, which was one of the most important means of concert music production in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through such festivals, the middle classes ultimately became arbiters of musical taste.
In addition to this work, McGuire will continue the development of the Musical Festivals Database, a fully searchable index of programs, personnel, ensembles, and venues of musical festivals held in the United Kingdom between 1695 and 1940. This will be important to musicologists, music theorists, and social historians because it will allow them to see the creation of the musical canon as we know it today; more importantly, it will show how malleable that canon has always been.
McGuire will be sponsored by Duke University Associate Professor of Music Philip Rupprecht, who will help him connect with Duke courses where he can interact with undergraduate students and with other members of Duke University's music department.
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