Volume 23

Several years ago Gerald Moore, the justifiably renowned pianist, recorded a singularly witty lecture on the Romantic art song and the problems of its performance. The resulting album was entitled The Unashamed Accompanist and has been installed as required listening for my nineteenth-century music history classes for several years. Somewhere,…
A respect for the doctrine of economy, so universally invoked as a touchstone of great art, often spurs the analyst's search for unity in those works which, perhaps for subjective reasons, have attracted his admiration. While other factors too may exert their influence in the shaping of a great work,…
In his piano method of 1828, Hummel devotes two chapters to remarks concerning problems of performance, and supplements those remarks with several pages of annotated musical examples taken in the main from his previously published Piano Concerto in A Minor.1 This portion of the method alone constitutes an important contemporary…
After over three centuries of fairly steady increases in student populations, higher education is now faced with the prospect of declining enrollments. Although the general population will rise between now and the year 2000, student enrollments are expected to decline—presenting higher education with a problem it has not faced since…
Choral music is one of the most enduring programs in music in American higher education. The idea that an educated citizen should have some competence in singing and experience in a choral ensemble predates the Declaration of Independence by at least 140 years. Like our language and many of our…
Questions I ask myself when contemplating whether an excerpt from music literature is appropriate for illustrative purposes in class include: Which elements are typical? Which elements are atypical? Which elements generally considered to be typical do not appear in this excerpt? How typical are the typical elements? What is the…
Composed in 1923 and published by Carl Fischer the following year, the Enfantines were written for the composer's daughters Suzanne and Lucienne for use in their home music study. A major pedagogical contribution to students of the piano, these ten pieces, each a miniature of tasteful expression, provide the novice…
Margaret McClure Stitt's contribution to the literature of song has not received the recognition it deserves. In her own circle, which included a number of woman's clubs and music clubs in Cincinnati and nearby cities, Mrs. Stitt was well-known, loved, and admired. Since most of the performances of her songs…
In a consideration of Handel's oratorios, neither a purely musical nor a purely dramatic approach is sufficient; dramatic and musical structures are interdependent. Although no large-scale, systematic, analytical studies have been made which consider the structural combination of drama and music in Handel's oratorios, those acquainted with them agree that,…
Olivier Messiaen is indeed an extraordinary musician. Although best known as a composer, he has achieved international acclaim as a theorist and teacher as well. Most of Messiaen's compositions are for solo piano or organ, but his published uvre also includes a number of works for a variety of instrumental…
The Wingspread Conference on Music in General Studies and the ensuing report focused attention on matters of vital concern to everyone involved in college music teaching. Certainly, the future of music will be as dependent upon the existence of appreciative audiences as upon the availability of composers and performers. Music…
In the relatively brief history of musicology there have been a number of attempts to define the field and to provide schemes or models for musicological activity. Guido Adler's is probably the most famous and has been the most influential,1 yet Charles Seeger's in many ways may be more remarkable.…
Music Research in Puerto RicoWritten by Donald ThompsonSymposium Volume 23 All descriptions of native music in Puerto Rico in Precolumbian times and during the early colonial period are derived from the writings of a handful of observers. The first of these were the Spanish cronistas, chroniclers who accompanied the earliest…
Every second year the city of Darmstadt, Germany, hosts a two-and-a-half week festival of contemporary music known as the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Consisting of an internationally known group of faculty composers and performers, plus student composers and performers, the Darmstadt festival in recent years has been relegated to the back…
It is a truism often ignored that the world's thinkers, its philosophers and scientists, its literary artists, its statesmen, its holy scriptures, have all wielded their power abroad and over centuries, for good and for ill, through the minds of translators. Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Thomas Aquinas and Confucius, Descartes,…
I never heard that before! With that comment about a passage whose relationships he had just become aware of, a gifted student began to evaluate a piece by Brahms as "beautiful" instead of "just nice." In just this way many differences in "aesthetic judgment" really arise from disparities in perception.…
What do our students think of our teaching ability? Each semester students are asked to evaluate their professors' teaching competence. This is a fairly recent development. Prior to the late 1960s the teaching competence of college music instructors was rarely evaluated in a systematic or formal manner. Decisions regarding teaching…
The following address was given by Dr. Schuller at the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Brunch in Boston, Sunday, October 10, 1982. I know that you have had almost three days of interesting meetings and lectures and discussions ranging all the way from Improvisation, and Be-bop, and Film Composing, to the music of…
I—INTRODUCTION The late eighteenth century was an age in which rationalistic and formal considerations dominated contemporary thought. In the music and forms produced in this age, balance, proportion and equality in the range of emotional and structural elements were some of the most important considerations. From our present viewpoint, the…
POSITION STATEMENT BY PETER TIBORIS University of Southwestern Louisiana What is a show choir? I believe it to have the following characteristics: (1) SATB Membership of 20-30 performers, (2) Repertoire primarily from the "Top-Forty," (3) Use of amplification, costuming, sets, and lighting, (4) Use of intricate choreography. In short, it…
Probably because its meaning is so obvious, the term tempo di minuetto is not usually found in modern musical dictionaries.1 In instrumental music of the early Classical period, it is frequently encountered as the last movement of a sonata cycle, sometimes with an additional marking such as allegretto or grazioso.…
Critics disagree. It is not important nor perhaps even desirable that they cease doing so. Rather, it is important that they and their readers understand why they do so. Disagreements stemming from stupidity or ill-will on the part of one of the disputants are easy to identify. So, usually, are…