Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
My summer 2020 undergraduate research project focused on the repertoire of the early Baroque composer, Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677). It involved the study and preparation of approximately 30 minutes of musical selections taken from three of Strozzi’s eight published collections. This project required skills taken from university courses in vocal performance, vocal diction, and music history. The works I selected provided unique challenges in terms of vocal technique and musicality. As a lesser known, female composer, Barbara Strozzi’s compositions are a departure from more common collegiate student repertoire. This project also included the translation of all the undertaken musical texts from 17th century Italian to English and the application of proper Italian diction. The final element of this project was researching the historical background of Strozzi’s compositions. In order to accurately infer Strozzi’s musical intentions, I also conducted a study of her own background as well the larger musical practices of the Baroque period. The culmination of this project was the performance of these works in full from memory. Selections and excerpts from this performance have been included as a part of this event.