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Volume 28

In short a rule of law emerged; until all twelve notes have occurred none of them may occur again. The most important thing is that each run of twelve notes marked a division within the piece, idea or theme.1 Thus Webern described the compositional process he used in his early…
Though universally celebrated for its orchestral effects, the "Queen Mab" Scherzo from Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet has otherwise attracted little attention in the literature on Berlioz. On the contrary, the airy wit of Berlioz's scoring has been understandably regarded as the raison d'être of the Scherzo, together, of course, with…
More than fifty years have passed since John Tasker Howard's biography Stephen Foster, America's Troubadour and his article "Stephen Foster and His Publishers" appeared.1America's Troubadour remains—half a century after it was written—the authoritative biography of nineteenth-century America's most renowned songwriter, and his article is still among the fullest treatments of…
On February 5, 1983, a front-page article in the New York Times by Harold C. Schonberg proclaimed the discovery of Mozart's earliest symphony—the Symphony in A Minor (K16a).1 Schonberg declared that "with such authorities as Jens Peter Larsen of Copenhagen University and Jan LaRue of New York University vouching for…
Higher education in the United States has traditionally encompassed both the idea of the liberal arts and the concept of professional education aimed at preparing individuals for a specific vocation. These somewhat incompatible ideas coexist in many universities in surprising harmony. In music schools and departments, for example, some students…
In this essay I shall suggest an approach to curriculum design in music which, while taking account of important external factors, establishes the teacher's experience as a central element in the process and implies that the teacher's task is a professional as opposed to a merely technical one and an…
Tradition and Creation: Hugo Wolf's "Fussreise"Written by Christopher HatchSymposium Volume 28 In a letter of 21 March 1888, Hugo Wolf spoke boastfully about his latest composition: "I retract the opinion that 'Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens' is my best thing, for what I wrote this morning, 'Fussreise' (Eduard Mörike), is a…