Congratulations to RHUL Music alumnus Truman See, who is the 2022 winner of the American Musicological Society's Roland Jackson Award
Truman's prize-winning article "Hear My Desire: Rachmaninov's Orphic Voice and Musicology's Trouble with Eurydice", can be read in the journal 19th-Century Music (2021) 44:3.
The AMS writes:
“This year’s winner of the Roland Jackson Award focuses on Sergei Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead, a symphonic poem inspired by a painting by Arnold Böcklin, as an opportunity to reflect on musicology’s relationship with its surprisingly evanescent object of desire – music. . .The author’s dense argument comes together in exemplary fashion in the musical analysis of Rachmaninov’s orchestral work, seamlessly and compellingly blending musical form, narrativity, and critical theory from Adorno to Žižek. The result is a phenomenally rich, versatile, and well-integrated study on so many different levels, a must-read for anyone engaged with the disciplinary debate on the nature and limits of musical discourse and on modern music’s unique strategies for staging desire – ever elicited, never fully satisfied.”