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Volume 19

Authors of books and articles about musical instruments find their work made easier and more practicable by the inclusion of an illustration. Certainly the reader appreciates the precise detail contained in an image, particularly in the case of unfamiliar instruments. The illustration of an organ (Fig. 1)1 that comes from…
Give a musician even half a musical witticism and he'll laugh—often sorrowfully, much to the bemusement of the audience around him. Bring up the subject of funny music and he'll produce an arm's length list of examples of comic sounds. Yet to make a musical compendium of the best of…
Investigation of musical taste, preference, and attitude has continued as a major research area in music education since the 1930's. Early studies concerned variables such as intelligence, aptitude, sex, age, and personality. A thorough, recent review of such variables has been presented by Wapnick.1 Many of the variables related to…
For some four years after the first World War, experimental concerts were given in the city of Chicago. In the Chestnut Street home of Lysander Hill, one of the North Side elite, a new instrument had been installed. The wealthy, the great, and the famous came—by invitation—to attend a vegetarian…
The application of analysis to the study of theory is obvious, as long as theory is concerned with musical relationships, with how these relationships are articulated in a piece and how the analytic reasoning is supported. The pertinence of analysis to composition is also clear, as long as composition concerns…
In the eastern United States the end of a deathly silence looms bell-shaped on the evening air. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Brewster, New York; from Houston, Texas, to Hendersonville, North Carolina, sturdy towers are pouring the clamorous majesty of a song new to America, heralding the spread of a sound…
I was taping of copy of Emanuel Bach's Symphony in C for classroom use. It was a hot day and the door to my office was open. Before two dozen measures had sounded, a jovial colleague1 put his head in and proclaimed, "Aha, Bach!" "Do you know the piece?" I…
Elderhostel: Music Education in a New SettingWritten by Margaret W. McCarthySymposium Volume 19 As new educational patterns evolve, we teachers of music often find ourselves addressing a different kind of student than we anticipated when we first entered the teaching profession. While those of us in the undergraduate college teaching…
If I distrust the human being then I must cram him with information of my own choosing, lest he go his own mistaken way. But if I trust the capacity of the human individual for developing his own potentiality, then I can provide him with many opportunities and permit him…
In Volume Eighteen, No. 1 of SYMPOSIUM, Nancy B. Reich concludes her article on the need of bibliographic instruction to undergraduates with "It is my hope that suggestions, comments, and questions on courses in music bibliography or courses which incorporate such instruction will be explored . . . in the…
I suppose all of us as we get older tend to shade the truth a little about our backgrounds. To push and pull the facts a tiny bit, to suit the image we wish to create. But I doubt very much that many of us would create startling new myths…
As the International Society for Music Education celebrates twenty-five years since its formation in 1953 it is appropriate to reflect on the beginnings and development of this now firmly established international organization and to review the extent to which it has fulfilled its aims and ideals. I will attempt to…
In writing musical biographies and in tracing the influence of one musical generation upon another, musicologists have traditionally spent considerable time and effort to investigate teacher-student relationships. Until recently this seems to have been impossible in the case of black ragtime composer Scott Joplin. Biographical sketches tell us that he…
Starting from the presumptuous assumption that our interest is primarily focused on particular pieces of music—after all, we never musically listen to anything else—the following statement becomes a useful if controversial characterization: an analytical music theory is a device by which someone communicates his insights about a particular piece of…
Music is an art of time: hence, it needs to be heard in order to be adequately experienced. In a sense, a composer deals with time as a sculptor or an architect fills space. In this sense, time is like space with at least two (horizontal and vertical) and possibly…
For the teacher of music history, no less than the teacher of any other subject, the selection of materials and methods for class use is an important decision. For the beginning instructor, the problem is especially acute, as he or she has no experience with either materials or students and…
In the struggle to give the wishes of my heart artistic shape, . . . my studies thus bore me, through the legends of the Middle Ages, right down to their foundation in the old Germanic myths. . . . What here I saw was no longer the Figure of…
How the human mind structures its complex environment is a topic that has been explored for generations by individuals from a wide variety of disciplines. Musicians now seem to be generally aware that pattern perception is highly relevant to their interests. In fact, much of the most insightful, current research…
Everyone here has, no doubt, at one time or another observed that the language we speak has remarkably strong and intimate connections with the rest of what we experience; in particular, it is remarkable that we somehow manage to use certain slices of discourse as explanations for things which are…
I have been asked to address you on new issues in the arts in higher education. That's quite a sizeable assignment, and the ordering of priorities is not easy. But let me begin by asserting with some confidence that the newest and hottest issue in the arts in higher education…
I The following presentation is meant as a contribution supporting the view that music theory is an autonomous science. I deal with the methodological preconditions which, in my view, have to be fulfilled by practitioners of such a science. As a suitable testing ground for the alleged autonomy of music…
Oral History and Music History in Our Time1 The traditional historian usually writes history long after the fact. In most cases, when he begins his work, all but the merest fraction of the significant evidence has been dispersed or has disappeared altogether. The measure of his effectiveness lies first in…
A friend accompanied me to a meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. "Good Heavens, it certainly is colorful," was his comment upon seeing professorial-looking types delivering papers in one room, a group of dashiki-clad Africans giving their all to a set of drums, bells, and rattles before an obviously empathic…
Modern musicians generally employ the term harmony in reference to the structure, function, and interrelationships of simultaneously combined musical tones. Thus narrowly defined, the term serves as part of a highly specialized, technical vocabulary which ignores as irrelevant to the discipline of music, the rich meanings—profoundly religious, philosophical, and psychological—of…
H.H. Stuckenschmidt, writing of Schoenberg's Book of the Hanging Gardens, characterizes thus the impact of this song cycle: "An irrevocable step has been taken; with the Georgelieder the whole of modern music has entered upon a new phase of development."1 Certainly these songs, representative of the early part of Schoenberg's…
What famous German interpreter of Beethoven omits a half-note from the opening of the Fifth Symphony? What gamba player of a noted English baroque ensemble perpetuates a publisher's mistake in Purcell's "Golden" Sonata, apparently not noticing that it is an incorrect version of the main thematic motive, continuing a chain…
The role of popular music in the college curriculum has always been somewhat vague and ill-defined. When, in the late 1960s, college courses in popular music were added to the traditional offerings in western art music, ethnomusicology, and jazz, the action seemed to be taken more as a response to…
The wisest thing to do is to open one's ears immediately and hear a sound suddenly before one's thinking has a chance to turn it into something logical, abstract, or symbolical.1 The mention of the word "romanticism" has, for the greater portion of our century, caused a sneer of disgust…
It is, perhaps, of some significance that Edison conceived of the motion picture an ancillary role subordinate to his phonograph. This role was eventually reversed, and years of experimentation failed to produce a practicable system of synchronizing the phonograph to otherwise silent films. It took the public distribution of "The…
The time is 12:00 noon, Tuesday. The door to my studio is open and I am waiting for Jeff, Mary, and Chris. Their lesson is scheduled for this hour. All four of us seem to look forward consistently to seeing one another at this time; during the week we seldom…
On Monday, June 26, 1978, there was sold at Sotheby's (Sotheby Parke Bernet & Company) galleries at 34 New Bond Street in London, a precious and magnificent collection of manuscript and printed scores comprising works by Campra, Colasse, Couperin, Desmarets, Destouches, Lalande, Lully, and other French composers, mainly of the…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, like so many other cities in the United States, seems to have lately come to a realization of the necessity for determining and preserving the contributions of its outstanding citizens. The unprecedented success of Stefan Lorant's popular history of Pittsburgh is ample evidence that today's residents are justifiably…
Many music theorists believe that the purpose of musical analysis is to explicate the logical, rational organization of musical compositions and to study syntactic relationships present in these works through consideration of the correspondences between structural functions and expressive effect. Through the continuing influence of Heinrich Schenker and his disciples,…
Music in higher education has for many years listed numerous courses at less than the usual three credit hours. Since the standard in higher education is three semester credit hours per course, for the purposes of this discussion I am considering that all courses listed at less than three credit…