By Mark Slobin
This is the 1st account of the evolution of tune at Wesleyan college, a campus identified because the mid-nineteenth century for its musical life—first because the “Singing university of recent England” after which, after 1960, because the domestic of a popular undergraduate and graduate division that integrates international song reviews with extra conventional Western and experimental musical types. via excerpts from money owed within the campus newspaper over the sooner a long time and eyewitness money owed by way of key figures lately, the e-book compactly surveys a variety of musical formations, practices, repertoires, and occasions from the 1830s to the early 2000s. Vividly illustrated with either ancient and modern photos, Music at Wesleyan provides a portrait of the varsity that this present day blends academic innovation and cultural range with artistic ardour and highbrow rigor, and features a foreword by means of Richard okay. Winslow, the toilet Spencer Camp Professor of tune, Emeritus at Wesleyan collage. A spouse electronic archive at http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/maw_audio/ beneficial properties audio documents of glee membership, gamelan, jazz, experimental, African, Indian, and different performances.
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Additional resources for Music at Wesleyan: From Glee Club to Gamelan
From 1971 to 1974, Wesleyan affiliated several outstanding instructors, including Sam Rivers, Jimmy Garrison, Ed Blackwell, and Charles Garner, with trumpeter Clifford Thornton on the faculty during that period. In 1975, Bill Barron arrived as professor. He started the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and taught until his death in 1989. Daoud Haroon was artist in residence in the mid-1970s, followed by Dick Griffith and later Bill Lowe, who came around 1980 and stayed until 1990. Anthony Braxton came in 1991.
29 (We have failed to observe any special indications of that decline of “singing zeal” among us remarked by the writer of the above article. ) The editor’s optimism was fully borne out by the many decades of energetic song and ceremony that followed this column. In some ways, it seems that not much changed. In 1944, the Argus indicates that campus musical taste still leaned towards popular song, and that smoking was quite commonplace: The average Wesleyan man has a leaning toward lively brunettes, listens to Bob Hope with great faith, smokes Chesterfield cigarettes, abominates John L.
It needs the opportunity to rub elbows with World musicians and vice versa. One of the “brilliant boys we sent to India” was Jon Higgins, class of 1962. Higgins literally became a legend in India for giving highly skilled concerts of the local classical music; to this day, stories circulate around his name. It was not easy for Higgins to be far away in South India, as he says in a letter to Winslow; it is from Jon’s third year abroad, a long time to be away from Wesleyan, but clearly worth the effort: Thanks for remembering me, way out here!