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Oxford Music in 2013: A look back

Compiled by Victoria Davis

It’s been a busy year at OUP Music! Before 2013 comes to a close, we thought we would take a look back at the highlights of another year gone by.


Oxford Music announced the first Grove Music Online Mountweazel Contest! The winner, Maurizio Papa (a.k.a. Keith Clifton) submitted a fake article, “Del Marinar, Stella,” which was posted for April Fool’s.


Oxford’s Academic division (which we fall under) launched its Tumblr! Music, of course, features prominently throughout. Our most recent music posts include Frank Sinatra’s birthday, temperance songs, and a book gift guide.

Early Music celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with a special anniversary issue.

early music cover


Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion was premiered at Wells Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir, and was directed by Matthew Owens.

st john passion

OUP Composer, Michael Berkeley, was introduced to the House of Lords on the 26th of March as Lord Berkeley of Knighton, CBE. He now sits on the cross benches as a non-party political peer. Michael is a passionate advocate for the arts, contemporary music, and music education. The appointment, which was approved by the Queen, was made by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Michael’s much lauded maiden speech can be read in Hansard (see subheading ’14 May 2013: Column 284′) or watched on Parliament Live TV (spool through to timecode 15:53:51).


Oxford Music Online was named a Webby Award Honoree for excellence in the category of Best Writing (editorial).

The New York office gathered to listen to Grove Music Online Assistant Editor Meg Wilhoite perform a piano recital in the lobby.

meg recital


OUP-ers Annie Leyman and Helen Boyd went to the Parliamentary Jazz Awards at the Houses of Parliament in London, where an OUP author, Catherine Tackley, won Jazz Publication of the Year.

May saw the inaugural performance of the Grove Trio, made up of Anna-Lise Santella, Jessica Barbour, and Meghann Wilhoite. What talented staff we have!

grove trio


GSJ at Westminster (3)Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson and Robyn were thrilled to attend the Service to mark the 60th anniversary of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation service at Westminster Abbey. Bob Chilcott’s The King Shall Rejoice was commissioned and premiered at the service.

Our Twitter — @OUPMusic — turned one year old.


The Royal Baby was born! Oxford celebrated with numerous blog posts, including this post about lullabies for Prince George.


@OUPMusic Twitter hit 2,249 followers on the first of August!


The Internet became alive with the sound of music in September when seven very musical Very Short Introductions (VSIs) were made available online, with the newest and eighth title, Ethnomusicology, making its way online in December. Titles range from The Blues and Film Music, to The Orchestra and Folk Music, with universities, libraries, and schools able to subscribe. Did you know the history of blues as a broadly popular style of music began in 1912, when W. C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues”—along with two similar songs—sparked a national craze?

Renowned composer, Anthony Payne, was commissioned by the BBC to orchestrate Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Four Last Songs for a world premiere at the 2013 Proms on 4 September. The work was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor), and Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano).


An article from The Musical QuarterlyBayreuth in Miniature: Wagner and the Melodramatic Voice” by David Trippett won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award for excellence.


The highly-anticipated second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music is here! And featured in The New York Times.

amerigrove page proofs

Grove editorial board member Philip V. Bohlman was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology for “Analysing Aporia” (Twentieth-Century Music, vol. 8, no. 2, 2011) for the “most significant article in ethnomusicology written by a member of the Society and published in the previous year.”


To celebrate the holidays, OUP author Constance Valis Hill (Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History, Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers), and Tony Waag, Artistic Director of the American Tap Dance Foundation, along with the Tap Addicts adult dance ensemble, performed in the New York lobby.

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To celebrate the wonderful year that was, music journals have given free access to the most read articles from each journal in 2013. Available for a limited time!

And last but certainly not least, we are looking forward to 2014 when we welcome Music Theory Spectrum, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Journal of Music Therapy to Oxford University Press!

Victoria Davis is an Online Marketing Coordinator at Oxford University Press.

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