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Research & Scholarship

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute regularly hosts scholars through the Martha Goldsworthy Arnold Fellowship. Our fellow in Fall 2021 was decorated organologist Laurence Libin, editor-in-chief of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments and emeritus curator of musical instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Libin was drawn to a mysterious instrument in the RBI: a square fortepiano made by Verschneider and Sons in 1792. During his time here, he deconstructed the instrument and investigated its workmanship and possible lineage. This led to some fascinating conclusions, which he shared with faculty and students while he was here and which will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Learn more about his visit.


In 2020-2021, four BW Conservatory majors — Olivia Helman ‘23, Madeline Mascia ‘22, Ben Webster ‘22, and Anna-Sophia Burr ‘22, —worked with RBI Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Danielle Kuntz to complete a collaborative research project based on RBI archive materials. Through the support of a BW Faculty-Student Collaborative Course, the research team focused specifically on uncovering the many influential roles that women have played in the establishment, development, and success of the BW Bach Festival. Their study revealed, in particular, the profound impact that Selma Riemenschneider, a trained musician and wife of festival founder Albert Riemenschneider, had on the BW music community, particularly in the cultivation of its legacy of Bach performance and study. Written reports from this research project will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

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