Marvin J. Ward

Marvin J. Ward

Marvin J. Ward has degrees in French and English: BA (62) & MA (72, English), SUNY Albany; MA (68, French), Université Laval, Québec; Ph.D. (specializing in their medieval literatures, 84), UNC-CH; is bilingual, was a HS French teacher, then a translator and interpreter for 20 years.

He was a choral singer, radio announcer, retail music recording salesman and department manager, member of boards of presenter organizations, and is a collector of recorded classical music.

He relocated from Raleigh, NC, to Western Massachusetts upon retirement in 2003, now residing in Easthampton, and continues to contribute to CVNC. He was a founder & Executive Editor (2006-2009) of the now defunct Classical Voice of New England.

Since April 2011, he is a Five Colleges Associate with Five Colleges, Inc., based at Smith College in Northampton, MA. His research and writing focus on music, especially French, early music, and performances on historic pianos, particularly at the Frederick Collection in Ashburnham, MA.

Other interests include art/art history, history (with a forthcoming book about Easthampton's earliest industries), historical sites, museums, and reading.

He has written for CVNC since 2001, and for CVNA since 2013.

Articles by Marvin J. Ward:

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Mixed Art Media: New Recordings by More Women Composers

Orchestral Music, Vocal Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  January 11, 2022

The Latest Release by France's Best String Quartet Today

Chamber Music, Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  December 8, 2021

Neglected Works by Once Famous but Now Forgotten Important Composers Revived

Music, Orchestral Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  November 16, 2021

A Superb Recorded Performance of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Chamber Orchestra, Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  October 6, 2021

Celebrating "National Piano Month" with Fine New Releases by Young Women Pianists

Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  September 7, 2021

Women in the Spotlight on Recent CDs

Chamber Music, Orchestral Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  September 3, 2021

Newly Available Music by an Important and Prolific Armenian-American Composer

Contemporary Music, Music, World Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  July 6, 2021

An Interesting and Pleasant Blend of Traditions and of Scoring and Improvisation – in Music and in Art

Contemporary Music, Recital Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  April 27, 2021

Pianos in Unexpected Places…

Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  April 1, 2021

An Unusual and Extraordinary Biography of Francis Poulenc

Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  December 8, 2020

The Most Recent Chopin Biography

Biography Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  October 10, 2020

Kathryn Mueller's Intimate and Lovely Début Album

Early Music, Vocal Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  January 19, 2020

The Charmed, Checkered, and (mostly) Peripatetic Life of the Amazing Oboe Joe

Memoir, Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  January 6, 2020

Dan Locklair: A Bundle of Works Inspired by and Premièred in NC

Orchestral Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  September 7, 2019

Beethoven's Complete Music for Piano and 'Cello Obbligato

Recital Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  August 16, 2019

Quintessential Ravel from Stewart Goodyear

Recital Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  April 8, 2019

From Art to Music, Sketches into Sounds Made on B&W Keys

Recital Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  March 15, 2019

An Uncommon Biography… of an All-Time Favorite but Uncommon/Unique Composer

Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  January 15, 2019

A Banner Year for Chopin Scholarship

Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  December 20, 2018

Scriabin's 5th Symphony, the First Synesthetic Musical Work

Music Feature by Marvin J. Ward,  September 25, 2018

Music Saved His Life: A Concert Pianist's Most Unusual Journey

Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  April 1, 2018

Six Artists Interconnected in a Specific Time and Place, and What it Produced…

Contemporary Music, Recital Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  February 3, 2018

New Music for Harpsichord

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Media Review by Marvin J. Ward,  December 9, 2017