Rare Music Lecture/Recital: Rebecca Cypess (Rutgers University), harpsichord and fortepiano
"Musical Salons of the Enlightenment: Women and the Circulation of Taste" presents the sounds of salons of late eighteenth-century Europe, bringing together rare examples of musical works composed by salon hostesses and other pieces composed by the professional musicians in their circles. Featuring Duke Music alumna Sophie Caplin, soprano. Musicologist & historical keyboardist Rebecca Cypess is an associate professor of music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. A specialist in the history, performance practices, and meanings of music in the 17th and 18th centuries, she is the author of "Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy" (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and co-editor of "Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin" (University of Rochester Press, 2018), as well as many articles and chapters on the history and practices of music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is the founder of the Raritan Players, whose first recording, "In Sara Levy's Salon" (Acis Productions, 2017), has garnered praise as "simply mesmerising" (Early Music America) and "a fascinating concept, brilliantly realised" (Classical Music, 5 stars). She received the 2018 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for her next recorded project, with fortepianist Yi-heng Yang, "Sisters, Face-to-Face: The Bach Legacy in Women's Hands (Acis Productions, forthcoming 2019).