American Musicological Society Receives $200,000 Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

At its seventy-fifth anniversary business meeting in Philadelphia 14 November 2009, the AMS announced receipt of a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist in the publication of first books in musicology by scholars in the early stages of their career.

The AMS endowment for support of first books in musicology has now attained 100% of its goal. This program ("AMS 75 PAYS") is funded with an endowment of $900,000, which will generate annual revenue in support of first-book projects in musicology.

The AMS 75 PAYS program provides subventions up to $5,000 for the publication of original and significant research in any recognized field of musicology. The purpose of the subvention is to facilitate the publication of first books by scholars in the early stages of their careers by subsidizing the costs of book production. The AMS will award nine to eighteen such subventions annually.

At the Philadelphia meeting, the first recipients of AMS 75 PAYS awards for the following three forthcoming books were announced:

D. R. M. Irving, Colonial Counterpoint: Music in Early Modern Manila (Oxford University Press)

In Colonial Counterpoint, D. R. M. Irving reconnects the Philippines to current musicological discourse on the early modern Hispanic world. The city of Manila, founded in 1571, represented a vital intercultural nexus and a significant conduit for the regional diffusion of Western music.

Benjamin Piekut, Experimental Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits (University of California Press)

Piekut’s innovative work on the intersections of music and art in New York City in the 1960s brings fresh insights to a period, and a group of performers and artists who are well-known but often misunderstood.  Path-breaking artists and performers who moved freely between the worlds of music and art such as John Cage, Henry Flynt, Charlotte Moorman, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, and Cecil Taylor are often referred to as “experimental.” But few have looked beyond famous, attention-getting performance innovations such as Cage’s use of chance processes and Moorman’s performance art collaborations with Nam June Paik to investigate the intellectual underpinnings—and often, intellectual contradictions—as Piekut does.

Michael J. Puri, Decadent Dialectics: Memory, Sublimation, and Desire in the Music of Maurice Ravel (Oxford University Press)

Written by one of the widely acknowledged “rising stars in the musicological firmament,” Decadent Dialectics will stand at the forefront of scholarship on Ravel, music of the fin-de-siècle and current attention to musical modernism. Author Michael J. Puri re-conceives Ravel's music according to notions of memory, sublimation, and desire, a trio of concepts which relates the repertoire to contemporary cultural trends in early European modernism, and puts forward a basis for its continued relevance today.

Further info and inquiries: Contact Robert Judd, Executive Director, American Musicological Society.

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