Dr. Joseph Darby
His publications include Nicolas Slonimsky: The First Hundred Years (Schirmer, 1994), Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music (Schirmer, 1996), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Second, Third, and Fourth Symphonies (UMI, 1999).
He has given scholarly presentations at a number of leading universities in the U.S. on a wide range of topics, including the music of Shostakovich, cultural politics in Soviet Russia, musical life in eighteenth-century London, the life and music of G.F. Handel, and interdisciplinary teaching in higher education. As a concert violist, he leads an active freelance career in the northern New England area, performing on faculty recitals, guest recital appearance, and with the Monadnock Chorus Orchestra and the Keene Chamber Orchestra.
Professor Darby's current research projects involve eighteenth-century concertos published by subscription in the United Kingdom, G.F. Handel's music issued by subscription during the 1720s and 1730s, and concert life in eighteenth-century London. He is presently working on a project that identifies the music that Handel performed on his oratorio concerts in the 1730s and 1740s. In addition, Professor Darby is at work producing an index-catalog and digital preservation library of the Colony House Collection of Recorded Sound in Keene, a collection of seventy rare wax-cylinder recordings from 1890s and 1900s.