Associate professor Hilary Poriss has been awarded an extremely competitive fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies to work on her project, “Writing a Musical Life: Pauline Viardot.” 65 awards were given among 1121 applications.
Here is an abstract of her book project Writing a Musical Life: Pauline Viardot:
Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) was a unique figure in the history of nineteenth-century music. An opera singer, composer, and teacher, she was considered a genius by her contemporaries. The past fifteen years have witnessed a sweeping revival of interest in her life and career that has resulted in numerous performances and recordings of her compositions. And yet there has been little scholarship devoted to her creative and compositional achievements, and almost no large-scale works that compare in intellectual rigor to studies that focus on her male contemporaries. Drawing on archival materials, journalistic reviews, epistolary sources, and musical works, this project offers a critical reassessment of Viardot’s impact as a performer, composer, pedagogue, and cultural icon on nineteenth-century culture.