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Volume 38

"A book of manners in the wilderness": The Model of University Music Education and its Relevance as Enabler in General Education in Ireland1 About four years ago, a student came to see me about his choice of instrument in anticipation of his practical examinations. We exchanged the usual preliminaries about…
[T]he curriculum is collapsing under the force of these contradictions, for it is no longer capable of dealing with the new power/knowledge relations that shape the subject. (Morton and Zavarzadeh 1991: 2) In this essay, I will explore some possible relationships between music, education, and cultural politics. These three things…
Charles Gounod was not alone in hearing the opening prelude of the Well-Tempered Clavier as a wandering accompaniment in search of a melody—surely, we have all heard performers play it that way. But early eighteenth-century musicians certainly heard the prelude differently, as various modern analysts have explained. Edward T. Cone…
Ireland is musically vibrant: Witness the rich heritage of Irish "trad" musics; the burgeoning of Irish jazz, rock and pop; the many renown "classical" artists and ensembles in this small country, as well as the exported successes of "Celtic World Music" crossovers and hybrids of all kinds. What of music…
Speaking with conviction about the musical substance of times long past is not easy. Speculating about how that music may have been experienced by its contemporaries is even more difficult, and thus musicology's most astute figures have warned repeatedly of imposing our own cultural biases on to artifacts of earlier…
During the last twenty years, a consideration of the roles of women and minorities in musical life has become increasingly central to the study of music. The "canon" of old has proven to have porous boundaries, with works by women composers and by lesser-known male musicians seeping in to join…
Hildegard's life (1098-1179) spans most of the twelfth century, one of the richest and most fascinating periods in cultural and intellectual history. Among the distinguished personages of this century are Dante Alighieri, Peter Abelard and his wife Helöise, Thomas á Beckett, John of Salisbury, the fresco painter Gaddo Gaddi, Leonin…
I am pleased to offer some reflections on Henry White's most interesting and straight forward paper on Irish music education vis-a-vis music education in the United States. Having participated in the second of the three national debates on Irish music education as one of the invited U.S. professionals, I feel…
Wilfred C. Bain: A Reminiscence In MemoriamWritten by Ennis WilliamsSymposium Volume 38 Wilfred Bain died in Bloomington, Indiana, March 7, 1997. It is no exaggeration to say that he was the most influential music administrator in higher education in the United States within the 20th Century. During a period of…
June 6, 1661 . . . Called upon this morning by Lieutenant Lambert who is now made captain of the Norwich and he and I went down by water to Greenwich, in our way observing and discoursing upon the things of a ship, he telling me all I asked him,…
Introduction Orchestral conducting has been the latest door of opportunity to open for women in the field of music. Although women have been actively involved in performance, composition, teaching, and patronage from the history of the ancient Greeks to the present, their accomplishments and contributions have often passed unvalued.1 Female…