Atlanta Region

The Piano Scenes of Pride and Prejudice
and the Music of Jane Austen’s Personal Notebooks
Saturday, March 2, 2013

Elizabeth Morgan
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan

An afternoon of Jane Austen will take place at the historic Paces Ferry Road United Methodist Church, March 2 from 1:30 PM-4:00 PM.  It will include a reading of the piano scenes from Pride and Prejudice as well as “Music of Jane Austen’s Personal Notebooks,” a conversational recital performed by Dr. Elizabeth Morgan.

The piano-forte is mentioned throughout Jane Austen’s works, but nowhere does it play a more prominent role than in Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.  Three of the Lizzy-Darcy confrontations occur around three different instruments in chapters 8, 10, and 31.  As part of the 200th anniversary of the publication of that novel, we will have volunteers reading the dialog from those three chapters.

Following the readings and discussion we will break for refreshments before proceeding to our main event, music from Jane Austen performed by Professor Elizabeth Morgan of St. Josepeh’s University in Philadelphia.  Dr. Morgan spent time at the Chawton House Museum and studied Jane Austen’s actual music notebooks that the author herself transcribed from borrowed sheet music.

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Morgan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance at The Juilliard School, before completing a PhD in music history as a Dean’s Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Currently Assistant Professor of Music History and Piano Performance at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Dr. Morgan maintains a busy performance schedule.

For more information go to the JASNA Atlanta Region website.

—Randy Brannen