Podcast: "Notes on Bach"

With musicologist Dr. Carrie Allen Tipton


Conversations with scholars on the life, times, music,

and legacy of J.S. Bach, sponsored by Bach Society Houston.

2019–2020 Series



This month we hear from Dr. Samantha Owens, Professor of Musicology at Victoria University of Wellington, about the recent essay collection she co-edited, Bach in Australia: Studies in Reception and Performance. Owens researches early modern German court music, the musical life of early eighteenth-century Dublin, and the reception of German music and musicians in New Zealand and Australia. She has held numerous research fellowships and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.



In honor of the ongoing cultural exchanges between Houston and Leipzig, October’s podcast guest is Dr. Tanya Kevorkian, Associate Professor of History at Millersville University. We’ll hear from her about her book Baroque Piety: Religion, Society, and Music in Leipzig, 1650–1750. Kevorkian’s research focuses on the social history of Baroque music, the social history of religion in early modern Germany, and colonial Pennsylvania history. Her latest book, Music and Urban Life in Baroque Germany, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press.



John Bishop — organist, organ builder, restorer, consultant, and columnist for The Diapason — will give "Notes on Bach" listeners a crash course in the history and mechanics of the organ, especially as it relates to J.S. Bach and the German Lutheran organ tradition.



As Bach Society Houston kicks off 2020 with a keyboard progressive party, "Notes on Bach" listeners will hear from scholar, editor, teacher, and keyboardist Dr. Mark Kroll. He joins us to talk about the new Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord, which he edited. Kroll is Emeritus Professor at Boston University and an internationally-known harpsichordist and fortepianist who has appeared as concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra and released numerous recordings for Centaur Records.



Our guest this month is Dr. Rebecca Cypess, Associate Director of the Music Department at Rutgers University and co-editor of the recent book Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin. Cypess, noted as both a scholar and harpsichordist/fortepianist, also recently recorded the album Sisters, Face to Face: The Bach Legacy in Women’s Hands with Raritan Players, the ensemble she founded. She joins us to talk about the role of women in the transmission and reception of Bach’s music in eighteenth-century European salon culture.



We wrap up our podcast season during the month of Easter, when we will hear from Dr. Erin Lambert, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia, about her new book Singing the Resurrection: Body, Community, and Belief in Reformation Europe. Dr. Lambert publishes and teaches on the history of religion and culture in early modern Europe and also serves as Director of the Distinguished Majors Program at the University of Virginia.




Dr. Carrie Allen Tipton writes, podcasts, and lectures about music, religion, arts, and culture. She has written for Pop Matters, Deep South Magazine, the Southern Foodways Alliance, W.W. Norton's Avid Listener blog, Religion Dispatches, the New Encyclopedia of the South, the Black Music Research Journal, and the Journal of the Society for American Music, among other places. She is a former book reviewer for Kirkus and currently works as an academic editor.


Tipton has lectured for Bach Society Houston, Eroica Trio, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been featured on KUHF’s “The Front Row” (NPR-Houston), in the Houston Chronicle, and in The One: The Life and Music of James Brown (R.J. Smith, Gotham: 2012). Tipton has given papers at the Southern American Studies Association, Society for American Music,  Society for Ethnomusicology, and NYU's Music and Film Conference.


In addition to the PhD in Musicology, Tipton holds the MM in Piano Performance (Accompanying/Chamber Music) and BME in Music Education. In some of her previous nine lives she has served as a church musician, middle school choir director, piano teacher, collaborative pianist, and archives assistant, followed by several years as a music professor at a major urban university. After having worked for the Bach Society Houston as Director of the Lecture Series, she is pleased to have launched the "Notes on Bach" podcast. 

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