Reitz publishes article ‘Civil War, Civil Words’ in journal

Christina L. Reitz, WCU associate professor of music, published her article “Civil War, Civil Words: An Exploration of Jennifer Higdon’s Song Cycle” in the peer-reviewed Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music.

The article is an exploration of Higdon’s song cycle with particular focus on the work’s compositional history, theoretical analysis and critical reception. Originally composed for renowned baritone Thomas Hampson, “Civil Words” was arranged for soprano and piano in 2017 and dedicated to Reitz. This version will receive its world premiere by WCU music faculty member Marina De Ratmiroff, soprano, and Milton R. Laufer, pianist and director of WCU’s School of Music, on campus in spring 2019. Samuel Simmons, a 2018 graduate of the school’s commercial and electronic music program, assisted with the musical figures.

Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Grammy recipient, is the subject of Reitz’s monograph “Jennifer Higdon: Composing in Color,” which was scheduled for print by the academic publisher McFarland in mid-June.