Maureen Carr, Distinguished Professor of Music, will be the keynote speaker for the American Musicological Society’s Southeast Chapter Spring 2017 Meeting, to be held at Furman University, Saturday, March 18. The meeting will be hosted by the Music Department and Furman University Libraries.
Carr’s presentation is titled “After Apollo: Stravinsky’s Use of Baroque Models in the Fantasia from Capriccio (1928–29) and Fugue from Symphony of Psalms (1929–30).” Both of these works were performed at the Stravinsky Festival in Brussels, December 14, 1930. According to Carr, Stravinsky used a highly organized approach to intervallic structure (or content) that recalls the compositional techniques that he espoused in his Apollon musagète (1928–29). Stravinsky himself said that the “form of [the Capriccio] enabled me to develop my music by the juxtaposition of episodes of various kinds which follow one another.”
Carr, a recipient of Penn State’s Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities, has written several works examining Stravinsky’s use of Neoclassicism, including Multiple Masks: Neoclassicism in Stravinsky’s Dramatic Works on Greek Subjects (University of Nebraska Press, 2002) and After the Rite: Stravinsky's Path to Neoclassicism (1914–1925) (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is also the author of Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat: A Facsimile of the Sketches (A-R Editions, 2005) and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches (A-R Editions, 2010), for which she won the Citation of Special Merit from the Society for Music Theory. She has received grants from the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the College of Arts and Architecture, the American Association of University Women, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Paul Sacher Stiftung, and Pro Helvetia.