George Boziwick and Canio's Books presents:
EMILY DICKINSON's Music Book
and the Musical Life of An American Poet
Emily Dickinson’s Music Book and the Musical Life of An American Poet.
Friday, May 19, 6pm at Christ Episcopal Church
Canio's Books presents musicologist George Boziwick who will discuss his book Emily Dickinson’s Music Book and the Musical Life of An American Poet. Boziwick will play music and include a visual presentation with his talk.
After years of studying piano as a young woman, Emily Dickinson curated her own music book, a common practice at the time. Now part of the Dickinson Collection in the Houghton Library of Harvard University, this bound volume of 107 pieces of published sheet music includes the poet’s favorite instrumental piano music and vocal music.
Offering a fresh historical perspective, George Boziwick’s new book brings this artifact to life, documenting Dickinson’s musical study in the early 1850s, which tellingly coincided with the writing of her first poems. George Boziwick is a musicologist, music librarian, composer, and performer. His thirty-one years with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts included eleven years as Chief of the Music Division.
Boziwick and Trudy Williams co-founded "The Red Skies Music Ensemble." They co-authored and co-produced seven performance programs on various aspects of Emily Dickinson. Boziwick currently serves on the Board of the Emily Dickinson International Society.
His grandmother Josephine Norsic Boziwick came to Sag Harbor in 1913, purchasing a house on Main Street in 1932. Boziwick is proud to be part of the third generation to enjoy that home.