Melanie Lowe

Melanie Lowe is Associate Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Her research focuses on constructions of musical meaning, from topic theory in late 18th-century music to uses of classical music in 21st-century media. Her book Pleasure and Meaning in the Classical Symphony (Indiana University Press, 2007) explores why the public instrumental music of late-eighteenth-century Europe has remained accessible, entertaining, and distinctly pleasurable to a wide variety of listeners for over 200 years. Her co-edited volume Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (Cambridge University Press, 2015) situates difference within broader debates over recognition and freedom to reveal why differences and similarities among people matter for music and musical thought. Among her other musicological publications are articles and reviews in The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, the Journal of Musicology, American Music, Beethoven Forum, The Cambridge Companion to Haydn, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Lowe is also deeply committed to the scholarship of teaching, and her publications on pedagogy include articles in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, the Norton Guide to Teaching Music History, and the edited volume Teaching Music History. She has presented scholarly papers throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and among her numerous awards are the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Reverend James Lawson Lectureship for Service and Leadership, the Blair Faculty Excellence Award, and the Princeton Graduate Alumnae Excellence in Teaching Award. Lowe earned her Ph.D. and M.F.A. in Musicology from Princeton University and her B.A. from Smith College.

A Musical Mothers Legacy Minuet 3 and Anna Magdalena Bachs 1725 Notebook

A Musical Mother’s Legacy: Minuet 3 and Anna Magdalena Bach’s 1725 Notebook

Near the end of Volume One of the Suzuki Violin School, students encounter a series of three Minuets, “Minuet No. 1,” “Minuet No. 2,” and “Minuet No. 3” in Suzuki parlance, long attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach.1 Of the three… Read more ▶

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