Nathaniel G. Lew, associate professor of fine arts, music, is the editor of the recently published “Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard II: Incidental Music for a Radio Production.” According to the Promethean Editions Composers and Repertoire online database, this 1944 orchestral work by Williams to accompany a radio production of the Shakespeare play is being published for the first time, and “provides insight into a substantial work at the height of his maturity. Although the composer prepared this extensive score – having written approximately 25 minutes of original music scored for an orchestra with a full complement of brass and percussion – the BBC radio production never materialised.” The website entry quotes Nathaniel, as editor, about the work. “Documentation of the project is scarce … Queries in the orchestral score in a copyist’s hand suggest that instrumental parts were prepared, but neither these parts nor any recording has survived, nor has any other correspondence or documentation of the commission,” he explains.
(posted December 2014)
William Lee Ellis and Nathaniel G. Lew, assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, of fine arts/music, both attended the joint meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for Music Theory in New Orleans on Nov 1-4. Bill gave a paper entitled "I Can't Make the Journey by Myself: Blindness as a Transformative Trope in the Music of Reverend Gary Davis" and was courted by Scarecrow Press about book and series editor possibilities. Nat, in his role as Secretary of the North American British Music Studies Association, helped run that smaller society's business meeting and organized and conducted at their reception and musicale.
Nathaniel G. Lew, associate professor of Fine Arts/Music and director of the college Chorale and Chamber Singers, in July delivered a paper, "The Moment We've Been Waiting For: Post-War British Identity in Operas from the Festival of Britain," at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, in Urbana, Illinois.