Volume 51

In the early twentieth century, Australia’s first female music doctorate, Ruby Davy (1883 - 1949), was denied academic appointment. Australia’s academic institutions refused to hire her although she had been an excellent student and had received numerous awards. This is an early example of the “good enough to train but…
I. At present, many textbooks and dictionaries on the history of music depict the development of isorhythm as a phenomenon of fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century music.1 By glossing over the presence of isorhythmic techniques in thirteenth-century motets, such as those found in fascicles two through five of the Montpellier Codex,…
One of the benefits of a career in music is working with inspiring colleagues. These individuals promote artistic growth, offer pedagogical insights, and present different perspectives on professional issues. Thomas A. Brantigan is currently Director of Traditional Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD and provides many excellent performances…
What sorts of analysis can assist performers of Mozart's music? My answer . . . just about everything.1 This paper offers various analytical perspectives that bear on performance issues in Mozart as I have applied them when teaching and coaching violin-sonata classes at Mannes College. In these courses, three or…
For this article, I chose Black, Brown, and Beige, and the critics' reactions to it, as a starting point from which to discuss Ellington's efforts to change negative perceptions about African Americans and the conditions under which they lived. The article examines how Ellington used jazz composition, the spoken and…
Throughout the twentieth-century musical composition was characterized by the evolution of two distinct traditions that developed simultaneously and in opposition to one another. As a number of critics and historians have noted, these traditions together defined what has come to be known as Modernism.1 One was an extension of the…
Fidelio may well be the first "mind-splitting" opera in the music canon. The listener exits the theatre in full knowledge that he has experienced something profound, a plunge into the great pool of universal themes and eternal ideas. On the other side of his brain, however, there lingers a feeling…
IntroductionUndergraduate music programs at North American institutions of higher learning typically require music majors to complete successfully a core grouping of theory courses in order to fulfill degree requirements. These courses are considered foundational not only for further study of music theory, but for all areas of music specialization because…
Dear Editor of College Music Symposium: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reply to Brian Harker's article: "In Defense of Context in Jazz History: A Response to Mark Gridley" (CMS 48, pp. 157-159), which referred to my article in the previous issue, "Misconceptions in Linking Free Jazz with…
As I read Mark Gridley's lengthy response to my response ("In Defense of Context in Jazz History: A Response to Mark Gridley," CMS 48) to his article "Misconceptions in Linking Free Jazz with the Civil Rights Movement" (CMS 47), it occurred to me that for all the multiplication of words…
Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936) is best known for his “Roman Trilogy,” the orchestral pieces Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome and Roman Festivals. His music for orchestra signaled the rebirth of Italian symphonic music and a restored appreciation of Renaissance as well as Baroque musical forms. Respighi embraced the continuity of…
Paul Hindemith formulated his philosophy of music upon two "basic and unalterable musical values," the one, Augustinian, the other, Boethian. He defined the latter as the "power of music, its ethos . . . brought into action upon our mind"; the former, he stated, engages "our mind [which] absorbs music…
Probably few musicians today are familiar with the motor control theories of Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936). But when musicians think about motor behavior, their thinking is often implicitly Pavlovian; as we shall see, the influence of those theories persists, even though the theories themselves are largely forgotten. But the theories…
1. Ever-New CaliforniaIn 1966 work began on widening the road leading from a sleepy San Diego beach community, La Jolla Shores, up to the area where an infant university, the University of California San Diego (UCSD), was quickly developing. The road was formerly well-known as a treacherous and winding path…
Educators are required to make many pedagogical decisions, and fortunately, most are quite simple and do not necessitate major ethical considerations. Some decisions might come easily—for instance whether to copy music for a page turn or view a video on YouTube. However, others are not straightforward. In particular those that…