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Reitz presents paper for Nineteenth Century Studies Association

Christina L. Reitz, WCU associate professor of music, presented her paper, "The Cecilian Reforms: Exploring the Past in the Roman Rite," at the 40th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, which convened March 7-9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Reitz's research examined how Cecilianist reformers, named after the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia, explored the past to create a new, idiomatic liturgical music beginning with the movement’s origins in the early-19th century through its culmination in Pope St. Pius X’s Motu Proprio, “Tra le Sollecitudini,” in 1903.

Reitz also was commissioned to write the entry on the American composer Jennifer Higdon for the online edition of “Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.” The MGG is the authoritative music encyclopedia in the German language and is a product of the internationally renowned publishers Bärenreiter (Kassel), J.B. Metzler (Stuttgart) and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (New York).


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