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Dena Epstein Award for Library and Archival Research in American Music

Academic journal article Notes

Dena Epstein Award for Library and Archival Research in American Music

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Other MLA Awards. The 2009 Dena Epstein Award for Library and Archival Research in American Music was given to two recipients, Lara Housez and Maria Cristina Fava. Ms. Housez is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Eastman School of Music, is completing a dissertation entitled "Becoming Sondheim: From Forum to Company." Her research examines Sondheim's career and musical growth during the 1960s--a "dark decade" that eventually resulted in the solidification of Sondheim's mature musical identity. Though much has already been written about Sondheim, this project explores not what Sondheim did, but how he developed as an artist, drawing on a variety of disparate influences and the experiences of trial and error. Housez will examine primary source material at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the New York Public Library in order to provide a much-needed scholarly approach to this portion of Sondheim's life. When combined with Housez's own practical experience with the theater, this research promises to provide a unique important insight into an important American composer. She will use the funding to provide travel money to assist with visits to Wisconsin and New York. …

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