Meet Susan Weiss, author of A Cole Porter Companion, on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30pm.
A Cole Porter Companion
Balancing sophisticated melodies and irresistible rhythms with lyrics by turns cynical and passionate, Cole Porter sent American song soaring on gossamer wings. Timeless works like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "At Long Last Love" made him an essential figure in the soundtrack of a century and earned him adoration from generations of music lovers. In A Cole Porter Companion , a parade of performers and scholars offers essays on little-known aspects of the master tunesmith's life and art. Here are Porter's days as a Yale wunderkind and his nights as the exemplar of louche living; the triumph of Kiss Me Kate and shocking failure of You Never Know ; and his spinning rhythmic genius and a turkey dinner into "You're the Top" while cultural and economic forces take "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" in unforeseen directions. Other entries explore notes on ongoing Porter scholarship and delve into his formative works, performing career, and long-overlooked contributions to media as varied as film and ballet. Prepared with the cooperation of the Porter archives, A Cole Porter Companion is an invaluable guide for the fans and scholars of this beloved American genius.
Susan Forscher Weiss (PhD, Maryland), is Professor of Musicology at the Peabody Institute, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, at the Johns Hopkins University. Publications include articles and reviews in national and international journals such as Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Renaissance Quarterly, etc. Among her book publications are Bologna Q 18: An Introduction and Facsimile Edition (1999) and Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2010, co-edited with Russell E. Murray, Jr. and Cynthia J. Cyrus). In 2015, Dr. Weiss, Don M. Randel, and Matthew Shaftel will release a book entitled, ‘I Concentrate on You’: A Cole Porter Companion. Her research involves images and memory as well as the Arabic contribution to music theory.
During her sabbatical in from 2014-2015, Dr. Weiss traveled around the world giving invited lectures in many countries, including the University of Rome, and serving as a juror in musicology and piano searches, including one in Suzhou, China. Dr. Weiss' colloquia and speaking engagements include Kings College in London, New York University in Florence, the Academia dell'Arte in Arezzo, the American Musicological Society in Milwaukee, The Renaissance Society of America in Berlin, and upcoming presentations in New York City and Brussels.
Dr. Weiss is the recipient of numerous awards from the ACLS, NEH (the latest with Ichiro Fujinaga on digital prosopography), Harvard University, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and several from the Johns Hopkins University for innovations in teaching and technology and music cognition. She serves on a number of boards including the Executive board of the Renaissance Society of America. In Fall 2014 she was the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa i Tatti, in Florence.