Dr. Angela Mariani, Director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum, has received Texas Tech's Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award in Social Science, Humanities, and Creative Arts Disciplines, Texas Tech University, 2017. Many thanks and deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Parent's Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Dr. Mariani on Historical Performance and Arts Practice Research:
"The term "Historical Performance" refers to a flourishing area of musical inquiry often subsumed under the more familiar term “early music,” since many of its practitioners specialize in music of the medieval through early modern periods. However, historical performance is not limited to those repertoires, but can be more accurately described as an investigation into historical practices of making art. Every performance is preceded by extensive research into historical instruments, early notation, unwritten improvisatory and ornamental practices, and the historical context of that particular repertoire. Its practitioners, then, are “scholar-performers” for whom historical performance is enacted research, in which the fruit of research is reified in the process of creating and executing a performance rather than in an object such as a monograph or other publication. . . The art and scholarship of historical performance, and the intellectual and expressive rewards of rediscovering how artists in other eras perceived and responded to their world, occurs precisely at the intersection of ‘creativity’ and ‘scholarship’ which Arts Practice Research makes possible."
Dr. Mariani's book, Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Music: A Practical Approach, is a culmination of thirty years of research, performance, and pedagogy in historical performance, and will be published by Oxford University Press in Summer 2017.