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Bethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate Music History/Theory) Awarded a Huntington Library Travel Grant

April 30, 2014

Bethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate Music History/Theory) was awarded a Huntington Library Travel Grant for study in the UK. She will use this one-month award to conduct research at the British Library, London. This research will contribute to a chapter in her dissertation on English partsong. Bethany’s dissertation explores how vocal music (catches, canons, and glees) composed and performed in all-male vocal clubs in London contributed to evolving views on masculinity during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

At the British Library, Bethany will examine how elegiac songs composed by club members can provide a more nuanced understanding of masculine expressions of grief. On a personal level, members composed and performed biographical songs to mourn and commemorate friends who had recently passed. More generally, members set contemporaneous elegiac poetry to music, as a method of confronting their own mortality. Bethany’s research will integrate music and non-music sources to identify how partsong helped to shape British cultures of mourning.

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