Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Music
JoAnn Taricani conducts research in the areas of early music and American studies. She has just completed a new critical edition of the music in the plays and ballad operas of the British writer Henry Fielding at Oxford University Press, editing the music in a new three-volume publication of Fielding’s dramatic works, edited by Thomas Lockwood. Two volumes were published in 2004 and 2007, with the third volume recently released in 2011. Her active work and current conference presentations focus on covert meaning in musical publications from the period 1649-1661, with particular focus on the activities of the London publisher John Playford during the period of the trial and execution of Charles I, the Interregnum years, and a newly discovered Playford publication related to the restoration of Charles II.
A separate research project is an investigation of the early reception history and legal battles related to the introduction of Puccini’s operas in the United States in 1897-98, extensively performed by an Italian opera company that had been sent to Cuba and Mexico by the Ricordi publishing firm of Milan. Eventually diverted to the west coast of the United States because of the Spanish-American War, this company introduced Puccini’s major works to the United States in a continually impromptu and sometimes turbulant tour that covered over 4,000 miles and 16 months.
Professor Taricani has also published articles on Renaissance composers and libraries in Revue belge de musicologie, Notes (The Journal of the Music Library Association), and on American music in The Musical Quarterly and Pennsylvania History. She has presented her research at recent annual meetings of the Modern Language Association (2012), American Musicological Society (New Orleans , Philadelphia , Los Angeles , Atlanta , Kansas City ) the Congress of the International Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the North American British Music Studies Association, the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and was a plenary speaker for the national meeting of the Music Library Association. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. She also collaborated with the Folger Shakespeare Library to reconstruct the comic opera The Dragon of Wantley, which had a series of staged performances by the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C..
Professor Taricani teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance music, and also directs the early music ensemble, the Collegium Musicum, which performs music ranging from chant to American music, and recently performed as part of the biennial meeting of the American Handel Society. She received her M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on the extensive Renaissance music library of Hans Heinrich Herwart in Augsburg. She has received grants from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. For her work on politics, culture, and music in Restoration and Georgian London, she was named the first Humanities Fellow of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, which also provided her with a cross-disciplinary humanities fellowship in 2011.
She has held several administrative appointments, including serving as a trustee of the external board for UW Medicine, chairing the Board Committee of the University of Washington Medical Center from 2005 to the present, and worked for several years as a special assistant to the president of the University of Michigan, and as a legislative communications specialist in the president’s office at the University of Washington.