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The University of Southampton

A Most Beloved Melody Event

18:30 - 20:00
13 May 2014
Chawton House Chawton Alton Hampshire GU34 1SJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Chawton House Library on 01420 541010 or email .

Event details

British and American Piano Renderings of Favorite Songs, 1790-1850, by Dr. Vivian Montgomery

Southampton’s visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar, Dr. Vivian Montgomery, will offer a lively and eye-opening recital of long-hummed tunes reclaimed for piano as variations, dance arrangements, and show pieces. The works, based on such popular and evocative songs as “Last Rose of Summer”, “Lee Rigg”, “A Spanish Hymn”, Stephen Foster’s “O Susanna”, “Oft in the Stilly Night,” and “Home Sweet Home”, will be performed on the historic Stodart piano at Chawton House Library, and accompanied by illuminating remarks.

Vivian Montgomery, an award-winning harpsichordist and fortepianist from Boston, has served for more than a decade on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, teaching early keyboards and historical performance. She has ardently explored the musical lives of women from 1500 to 1900, especially through two decades of cross-disciplinary work with her ensemble, Cecilia’s Circle. She is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, where her performing and scholarly work revolves around the “at home” musical lives of American women up to the Civil War, and now the rich parallel realm of domestic music making in England has drawn her across the ocean.

Her recordings of solo, ensemble, and vocal music can be found on the Centaur, Schubert Club, Oasis, and Innova labels.


The evening starts at 6.30 p.m. with drinks and canapés in the Old Kitchen of Chawton House Library with the recital beginning at 7.00 p.m

£15; Students / Friends £12.50
To book, please click here or ring the library direct on 01420 541010

Vivian Montgomery
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