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Published on Mar 18, 2014
Professor Sheppard investigates how the musical, poetic, and cinematic elements work together to create the powerful impact of "Let It Go" in the Oscar-winning movie Frozen. The song was written by Williams College alum Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez and received the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
W. Anthony Sheppard is Professor of Music and Department Chair at Williams College. His research encompasses 20th- and 21st-century opera and music theater, film music, vocal timbre, cross-cultural influence and exoticism, and American art and popular music history. He has written a book on ritualized performance in modernist music theater and a forthcoming book on Japan in the American musical imagination. His work has been featured in The New York Times and on PBS and has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He has lectured for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, at major universities, and at the Library of Congress. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and has served as a director-at-large of the American Musicological Society. At Williams he teaches courses in 20th-century music, opera, popular music, and Asian music. He earned his B.A. at Amherst College and his M.F.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University