One consequence of this new research, some of which will be take place in Europe, will be articles for journals and magazines. Moreover, there is always the chance that an accidental discovery will bring to light knowledge we didn’t even know existed. Such good fortune does occur: I found unknown choral pieces by Hans von Bülow sitting in a dusty box on a shelf in the Leipzig Stadtarchiv.
In 2011 Prof. Nick Strimple reviewed Christus and wrote that “If a single volume on choral performance practice across the centuries is ever written, he should probably be the author.” When the Romantic book is finished, and I’ve had a bit of a break, I’ll begin that enormous challenge.
Using the work of Dennis Shrock, Clive Brown, Joshua Rifkin, Ton Koopman, Helmut Rilling and others, I hope to create a narrative that will begin in ancient Greece and progress through the early Christian church, the rarified forms of the Medieval period, the Apollonian intellectualism of 15th-century Italy, the peculiarities of German church music in the age of Martin Luther, the large-scale choral/orchestral works of late 18th century Vienna, multitude of choral ensembles, styles and forms of the Romantic era to the endless exploration of the voice and how it’s used in ensemble singing that has proliferated in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Projects of this scope can’t be executed by one person; Christus employed ten undegraduates, the library borrowed many books from far away, and my Dean spent $30K to produce it. Such research projects perfectly suit an academic environment and, once published, will reflect handsomely upon the institution on whose faculty I serve.