In Performance: Johann Nauwach's TeĆ¼tscher Villanellen University of Idaho Seed Grant uri icon



  • Florentine composers of the baroque ushered in a new era of accompanied solo song that became extremely popular throughout Italy. Whereas the output of these Italian composers has been thoroughly examined, little attention has been given to equally able German contemporaries who composed this new style of solo song in the German language. One such composer, Johann Nauwach, published the first extant volume of German songs written in the new style. Currently, my research includes the creation of a scholarly performing edition of this volume, Teütscher Villanellen.

    The Seed Grant will fund collaboration with leading lute specialist Lucas Harris on two performances of Nauwach’s Teütscher Villanellen: one performance of solo selections at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Ontario, and a second complete performance of the entire Teütscher Villanellen on the University of Idaho campus. The grant includes funding for my own performance preparation, funding for Mr. Harris’ visit to the UI campus where he will collaborate and give master-classes, and funding for audio and video documentation of the event. These performances will be submitted to leading early music conferences and festivals for consideration, and expand my profile as an early music vocal artist.