Volume 39

As one of the scholars cited on the first page of William Thomson's article,1 I am writing to point out several inaccuracies contained therein, and to offer an alternative interpretation of the author's principal point, in which he suggests "questioning our unblushing reliance on coeval description for our understanding of…
I Allegro Spiritoso There is absolutely no justification at all . . . for insisting that well educated humanities students learn music in the way that music faculties today are required to teach them. Peter Kivy, "Music and the Liberal Education" I want to focus on the source of the…
In April 1998, the Yale University Department of Music and School of Music held a conference to commemorate the centenary of Charles Ives's graduation from Yale in 1898. "Ives & Yale '98" featured talks and panels on Ives's music and on his experiences at Yale and concerts of his music,…
Leoš Janáček's ebullient Nursery Rhymes [Řikadla] (1925-27) occupy a unique position in the composer's output. Although they are among his very last works (followed only by From the House of the Dead and the Second String Quartet), the Nursery Rhymes are imbued with a simplicity and lucidity befitting their subject…
The Fifth Annual Robert Trotter Lecture The College Music Society Fajardo, Puerto Rico October 23, 1998 Keynote Address to the 1998 Conference Thank you and good morning, President Seaton; colleagues, guests; friends all. . . . I am as saddened as everyone else by the destruction wrought in Puerto Rico…
Example 1. Beethoven, Piano sonata op. 110     I want to talk to you about some musicians, scholars, and teachers who have inspired me, and who have been among my hero figures for many years. They are individuals who have done a great deal to preserve their musical cultures…
Dr. Bashour has a sure grasp of modal history as well as the jazz repertory, its techniques and jargon, so I welcome his response. He does a splendid job of confirming the initial premise of my argument, that the Miles Davis pieces don't live up to the modal assignments alleged…
"The culture wars" have raged furiously in the academy throughout the past decade, demanding our engagement at every scene of institutional power, from scholarly journals and curriculum committees to admissions offices and boards of trustees. After years of struggle, it comes as no surprise that many of us are suffering…
In 1995, the Society for Music Theory established its Professional Development Committee, which selected as an initial area of inquiry "How many music theory jobs are available each year?"1 While employment prospects occupy the thoughts of prospective and recent graduates, the availability of academic jobs concerns a wider circle of…
For students interested in the analysis of the music of the Second Viennese School, or who are considering music theory as a profession, the study of atonal set theory, at least at an introductory level, would seem to be a prudent part of the undergraduate curriculum. Far less clear, however,…