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AMS: Musicology in the News
WaPo: Will Cheng on when music therapy doesn't work
AMS member Will Cheng writes in the Washington Post about teling illness and disability stories even if they don’t come with the happy endings we hope for.

5 January 2016: Matthew Mugmon, "Sibelius in New York"
Matthew Mugmon, the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2015-16 season, presents this talk in New York on Tuesday 5 January at 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven Sketchbook leaf turns up
AMS member Jeffrey Kallberg was called in to assess the MS, which sold at auction for $100,000 recently.

‘Song of America’ in the Classroom
Thomas Hampson and the Hampsong Foundation are presenting a special program to showcase the Song in America Curriculum Initiative. It includes performances leading to conversations with Hampson and AMS members Mark Clague and Susan Key.

The live-streamed event (12 December, 11-3 CST) will be available post-event as a webcast.


NYT: "The Golden Bride" to be performed soon
Joseph Rumshinsky's 1923 Yiddish-American operetta Di goldene kale will be performed in New York in December; this story describes its rediscovery and staging. The work was edited by AMS member Michael Ochs and is scheduled for publication in the AMS series "Music of the United States of America" (MUSA).

North American British Music Studies Association: Honors and Awards announced
Ruth Solie was named lifetime member of the Association at its meeting last week in Louisville.

The NABMSA Diana McVeagh Book Awards were announced:

Winner: Rebecca Herissone, Musical Creativity in Restoration England (Cambridge, 2013)
Honorable Mention: Stephen Lloyd, Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande (Boydell, 2014)


Mark Katz Honored by Hip-Hop Education Center
AMS member Mark Katz was recently recognized by the Hip-Hop Education Center, in collaboration with, New York University Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, for the Beat Music Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

AMS Members among ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winners
The following AMS members received ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards recently:

Ellen T. Harris received the Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography for George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (Norton)

David Brodbeck received the Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism for Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna (Oxford)

Wye Jamison Allanbrook: The Secular Commedia: Comic Mimesis in Late Eighteenth Century Music (California)

Peter Schmelz: "Valentin Silvestrov and the Echoes of Music History" (Journal of Musicology)

Douglas W. Shadle: "How Santa Claus Became a Slave Driver: The Work of Print Culture in a Nineteenth-Century Musical Controversy" (Journal of the Society for American Music)

Joshua Walden: "The 'Yidishe Paganini': Sholem Aleichem’s Stempenyu, the Music of Yiddish Theatre, and the Character of the Shtetl Fiddler" (Journal of the Royal Musical Association)


Andrea Bohlman Receives Research Visitorship with Reinhard Strohm's Balzan Project
Reinhard Strohm's Balzan Research Project is "Towards a global history of music: A research programme in musicology – 2013-2016." AMS member Andrea Bohlman has received a Visitorship in conjunction with the project at the University of Oxford for 2015-16.

NYT: More on Swan Lake's Early Performances
13 Oct.: NYT critic Alastair Macaulay's story "'Swan Lake' Discoveries Allow for a Deeper Dive into Its History" reports on new archival findings on early performances of the ballet, with contributions by AMS member Simon Morrison.

American Institute for Verdi Studies announces 2015 Martin Chusid Award winnier
The American Institute for Verdi Studies is pleased to announce that Carlo Romano of the Pontificia Università Lateranense (Rome) has won the 2015 Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies for his essay “Mazzini visto da Verdi: da modello venerato di patriottismo a profeta esecrato,” in the volume Giuseppe Verdi e il Risorgimento, edited by Ester Capuzzo, Antonio Casu and Angelo G. Sabatini (Rubbettino Editore, 2014). In this richly detailed essay, Dr. Romano examines a newly discovered printed source for Verdi’s “Inno Populare,” and through analysis of historical record, textual evidence, and correspondence, he convincingly shows that it not only pre-dates, but supersedes in importance the earliest known published version of the work.

The biennial Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies honors the noted Verdi, Schubert, and Mozart scholar Martin Chusid (1925-2013), who was Professor Emeritus of Music at New York University and the AIVS’s Founding Director.

An English translation of Dr. Romano’s essay will appear in a future issue of The Verdi Forum, the AIVS’s peer-reviewed journal.


NYT Artsbeat: Discoveries Clear the Mists From the Original ‘Swan Lake’
From Michael Cooper: "Swan Lake may be the most famous of all ballets, though much about the original version that had its premiere at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 1877 has long been shrouded in mystery. But recently discovered materials, presented Tuesday at a conference in Moscow, shed new light on its creation and Tchaikovsky’s sometimes rocky beginnings as a ballet composer..."

Fall 2015: MOOC offered: Introduction to Italian Opera
Professor Steve Swayne (Dartmouth College) leads this new MOOC, which begins 13 October 2015 and lasts seven weeks.

NYT: A Yiddish Operetta, Once Lost, Will Receive Its Full First Staging in 70 Years
"Di Goldene Kale, a Yiddish-language operetta [by Joseph Rumshinsky] from the 1920s that was lost to time, will soon receive its first full staging in nearly 70 years..."

AMS member Michael Ochs discovered the work and prepared its score for publication. It will appear in the AMS series Music of the United States of America.


The Guardian: Stravinsky's lost Funeral Song found
"An important early orchestral work by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, thought for more than 100 years to have been irretrievably lost, has turned up at last in a pile of old manuscripts in a back room of the St Petersburg Conservatoire..."

NYT: Newly Discovered Ritornellos from "The Czech Lute"
AMS member Michael Beckerman writes about the recent archival find:

"Last year, the Czech musicologist Petr Danek was in the Franciscan library in Slany, about 20 miles northwest of Prague, searching for Renaissance and early Baroque musical prints. He noticed large bound volume on a high shelf and, taking it down, realized it was a special find: the bass parts for a rare collection of vocal polyphony from the beginning of the 17th century.

"'But then I suddenly came across something marked "Violino,"' he recalled in a recent interview. 'I turned the page, and I immediately knew what it was...'"


NYT: An Old Songbook Could Put ‘Happy Birthday’ in the Public Domain
"'Happy Birthday to You' is considered private property. A federal lawsuit filed by a group of independent artists is trying to change that, and lawyers in the case said they had found evidence in the yellowed pages of a nearly century-old songbook that proves the song’s copyright — first issued in 1935 — is no longer valid."

(AMS member Michael Beckerman will be speaking on "Happy Birthday" at the upcoming Louisville meeting.)


Clague receives NEH Public Scholar Grant
AMS member Mark Clague (University of Michigan) received an NEH Public Scholar grant for his book project "O Say Can You Hear?: A Tuneful Cultural History of 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'"

NEH Public Scholar grantss support well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership.


NYT: Christina Kobb, with Rolf Inge Godoy, working on authentic piano performance
The article "Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did" (by Rachel Nuwer) describes the research on physical motion at the keyboard being undertaken at the University of Oslo, and includes video examples.

Newly discovered Mozart autograph now available on the web
Last fall a newly discovered autograph bifolio of Mozart's Sonata in A major (K. 331, the one with the "Alla Turca" finale) was first presented to the public in Budapest. High-resolution scans of the autograph are now available through the new Mozart website of the National Széchényi Library.

Joy Calico to deliver GSA Berlin Program Distinguished Lecture
AMS member Joy H. Calico will deliver the German Studies Association Berlin Program Distinguished Lecture at the Freie Universität in Berlin on 30 June 2015:

"Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe: Musical Remigration and Holocaust Commemoration in the Germanys"

It follows on from her book Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe (University of California Press, 2014).

Tuesday 30 June 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Freie Universität Berlin
Seminarzentrum | Room L115
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 | 14195 Berlin

Open to the public: all are welcome.


Mark Davenport, Caitlin Schmid receive John Cage Research Grants
Northwestern University Library has awarded John Cage Research Grants for 2015-2016 to the following AMS members:
Mark Davenport (Regis University): Cage and the Gate Hill Cooperative artist community
Caitlin Schmid (Harvard University): Experimental music festivals in the 1960s


Bianconi, Danuser, Lewis elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
AMS Corresponding Members Lorenzo Bianconi and Hermann Danuser, and AMS Member George E. Lewis, Have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thomas Christiansen and George E. Lewis receive Guggenheim Fellowships
AMS members Thomas Christensen and George E. Lewis have received Guggenheim Fellowships.

Anne Walters Robertson Elected to American Philosophical Society
AMS Past President Anne Walters Robertson was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April 2015.

Simon Morrison, Leon Botstein at the TLS
AMS members Simon Morrison and Leon Botstein are on the cover of the TLS this week.

AMS members named National Humanities Center Fellows, 2015-16
Congratulations to the two AMS members who have been named National Humanities Center Fellows, 2015-16:

Timothy Carter (Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Let 'Em Eat Cake: Political Musical Theater in 1930s America (Kent R. Mullikin Fellowship)

Annegret Fauser (Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) The Politics of Musical Thought, 1918-1939 (NEH Fellowship)


AMS members receive ACLS Central Program Fellowships
The following AMS members have received ACLS Fellowships for 2015-16:

Thomas S. Christensen (Professor of Music, University of Chicago) Fétis and the Tonal Imagination: French Discourses of Musical Tonality in the Nineteenth Century

Ryan Dohoney (Assistant Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University) Abstraction as Ecumenism in Late Modernity: Morton Feldman and the Rothko Chapel

Daniel Goldmark (Associate Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University) Musical Stereotyping American Jewry in Early Twentieth-Century Mass Media


AMS members receive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Congratulations to the three AMS members who have been awarded 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships!

Elise L. Bonner (Music, Princeton University) Catherine the Great and the Origins of Russian Opera in Late Eighteenth-Century St. Petersburg

Chelsea R. Burns (Music, University of Chicago) Listening for Modern Latin America: Identity and Representation in Concert Music, 1920-1940

Melinda Latour O'Brien (Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles) Music and Moral Repair in Early Modern France


NYT: "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll": New documentary film
This article describes the new documentary "Don't Think I've Forgotten," on Cambodia's silenced rock and roll tradition, opening in New York 22 April at Film Forum.

Further on the Bach Cello Suites
This blog post by Norman Lebrecht references AMS member Ruth Tatlow's considered judgment (that the suites are not by Mrs. Bach). The issue was brought to wide attention in the recent BBC 4 film "Written by Mrs. Bach."

Carla Zecher appointed Executive Director of the Renaissance Society of America
AMS member Carla Zecher, presently Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies and Curator of Music at the Newberry Library in Chicago, will take over as Executive Director of the Renaissance Society of America in July 2015.

Eidsheim receives ACLS Ryskamp Fellowship
AMS member Nina Sun Eidsheim (Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles) has been awarded an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for the project "Measuring Race: Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Music."

Joanna Demers talks about the "Blurred Lines" case
University of Southern California musicologist and AMS member Joanna Demers was interviewed on NBC's "Today Show" to discuss the plagiarism allegations currently in the news.

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship goes to project on Scordatura
Composer Daniel Trueman (Princeton University) received an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship for his project "Scordatura: On Re-Mapping (and Mapping) the Body to Sound."

Scheide's Library Goes to Princeton University
Scholar, collector, and philanthropist William H. Scheide has left his collection of rare books and music to Princeton University. It includes autographs by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner. (Scheide's obituary appears in the Feb. 2015 AMS Newsletter, p. 31.)

Polyphony fragment ca. 900 surfaces in the British Library
From this morning's Guardian: "A few lines of music written down 1,100 years ago, spotted by chance by a postgraduate student [Giovanni Varelli] in a manuscript in the British Library, have proved to be the earliest example of polyphonic choral music..."

See Varelli's fuller treatment of the manuscript at


Ellen Harris's new Handel biography in the news
Ellen Harris's new book George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (Norton, 2014) received several notices over the weekend.

At BBC 3 there's an interview and review (beginning at 30 mins., ending at 45 mins.)

There's also an interview at the Boston Globe.

And it's on the NYT Holiday Gift Guide.


Beckerman Receives Honorary Doctorate from Palacky University, Olomouc
AMS member Michael Beckerman recently received an honorary doctorate from Palacký University, Olomouc (oldest university in Moravia and second-oldest in the Czech Republic). Follow the link to watch the news report from Czech TV.

AMS Honors and Awards Presented in Milwaukee
AMS honors and awards were presented to twenty-two scholars at the AMS Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on Saturday 8 November.

The New Yorker: Alex Ross on Mrs. Bach
"The Search for Mrs. Bach," by Alex Ross.

National Review Online: "Bogus Bach Theory"
"The story of a wife’s neglected genius finds a willing audience, despite a nearly total lack of evidence." Martin Jarvis, Yo Tomita, and AMS Honorary Member Christoph Wolff contribute to the discussion described by Tim Cavanaugh.

AMS members receive ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards
This year's round of ASCAP Deems Taylor awards included the following:

Kerry McCarthy, for Byrd (OUP)
Alejandro L. Madrid and Robin D. Moore, for Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (OUP)
Drew Massey, for John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page (University of Rochester Press)
Annegret Fauser, for Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II (OUP)
Sheryl Kaskowitz, for God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song (OUP)
Michael Alan Anderson, for "'The One Who Comes After Me': John the Baptist, Christian Time, Musical Techniques" (JAMS)
Emily Abrams Ansari, for "Vindication, Cleansing, Catharsis, Hope: Interracial Reconciliation and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism in Kay and Dorr's Jubilee (1976)" (American Music)
Will Robin, for "Shape Notes, Billings, and American Modernisms" (


NYT: Simon Morrison on Putin, Prokofiev, and Truth
AMS member Simon Morrison (Princeton University) has written an op-ed for the New York Times published in the 2 October 2014 edition: "Emperor Putin's War on the Truth."

Richard Freedman's Lost Voices project is now live
This is a companion resource to Les livres de Chansons Nouvelles de Nicolas Du Chemin (1549-1568), hosted by the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France. Lead researcher Richard Freedman (Haverford College) is also the JAMS Digital Media Editor.

Michael Scott Cuthbert on his Italian fourteenth-century music research
"Keeping score: Newly tenured professor Michael Cuthbert dives into old music to recreate the art of centuries past," by Peter Dizikes.

Stras receives NCCPE Award
AMS member Laurie Stras has received a National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK-based) award for her work with the ensemble Celestial Sirens.

University of Miami acquires important collection of material on opera and opera singers
The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, Frost School of Music, University of Miami is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major collection of books and other secondary literature relating to opera and opera singers. The collection was the personal library of Roger Gross, a major New York dealer in musical autographs who had a special love of opera. The collection, which runs to several thousand volumes, relates to opera and opera singers from the late eighteenth century to the present. It includes some rare eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century volumes; studies on a variety of geographical areas and in a variety of languages (including opera in North and South America and studies in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian); and books that range from biographies and autobiographies, through studies of operatic and theatrical institutions, to operatic and theatrical chronologies. The collection also includes volumes on dance and operetta and is particularly strong on the twentieth-century Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.

This is a research-level collection comparable to the secondary literature holdings relating to opera and singers of, for example, the Music Division of the New York Public Library. The collection will provide a rich resource for researchers (including graduates and undergraduates) interested in singers, vocal performance, and opera and theater generally. The collection is in the process of being catalogued: the volumes currently available can be found by searching under keywords “Roger Gross” in the Weeks Music Library catalogue, For further information, please contact Music Librarian, Nancy Zavac,


Rob Ketterer receives AMS-Newberry Short Term Fellowship
Rob Ketterer (University of Iowa) is the recipient of this year's AMS-Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship. His project is "Early Opera, Ancient History, and European Relations with the Ottoman Empire"

Beth E. Levy's book Frontier Figures receives Lowens Award
Beth E. Levy's book Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West (University of California Press, 2012) has received the Society for American Music's Irving Lowens Book Award for a book that makes an outstanding contribution to the study of American music.

Mark Burford's JAMS article receives Lowens Award
AMS member Mark Burford's JAMS article "Sam Cooke as Pop Album Artist–A Reinvention in Three Songs" (vol. 65/1, Spring 2012, pp. 113-78) has received the Society for American Music's Irving Lowens Article Award for an article that makes an outstanding contribution to the study of American music.

AMS members receive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Awards
Congratulations to AMS members Andrew A. Cashner and Alice M. Cotter, recipients of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships for 2014-15.

Berger and Sisman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
AMS Honorary Members Karol Berger and Elaine Sisman were elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Joy Calico on BBC's "Music Matters"
AMS member Joy Calico appeared on the BBC 3 radio show "Music Matters" 12 April to discuss her new book on Schoenberg with Paul Griffiths and Tom Service. The segment begins at about 17' and continues to 29'25".

Library of Congress and National Recording Preservation Board announce their 2013 choices for the Registry of Recordings
"The selections for the 2013 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 400, a small part of the Library's vast recorded sound collection of more than 3.5 million items." Selections range from George Washington Johnson (c. 1896) to LBJ presidential recordings to Copland conducting Appalachian Spring (1974) to Jeff Buckley singing "Hallelujah" (1994).

NYT: Obituary for Joseph Kerman
"Joseph Kerman, Colorful Critic of Musicology, Dies at 89," by Vivien Schweitzer.

W. Anthony Sheppard on Frozen's "Let It Go"
Williams College Professor of Music and AMS Editor-in-Chief of JAMS W. Anthony Sheppard prepared a video discussion of the Academy Award-winning song "Let It Go," written by Williams College alum Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez.


Latham receives Wilson Fellowship
AMS member Clara Latham has received a Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellowship for 2014 for her project "Rethinking the Material Ear: Sound and Voice in Psychoanalysis."

Andrew Flory's AMS-RRHOFM lecture, reinterpreted at Soul Mates
Although he not acknowledged, AMS member Andrew Flory's AMS-RRHOFM lecture of December 2012, "Reissuing Marvin: Musicology and the Modern Expanded Edition" is featured on this recording: "'T' Plays a Cool Loop (Interlude)," from Yasiin Gaye: The Departure. Released 26 Feb. 2014. Follow this link for a link to a video of the full lecture (scroll down the page to 5 December 2012).

Anne MacNeil receives ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship
AMS member Anne MacNeil (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) has been awarded an ACLS Digitial Innovation Fellowship for her project "Mapping Secrets."

W. Anthony Sheppard: TEDx Talk: "Pop Orientalism"
W. Anthony Sheppard, Department Chair at Williams College and Editor of JAMS, recently delivered a TEDx talk based on his research entitled "Pop Orientalism: Tin Pan Alley to Taiwan Today." In this talk, Tony considers musical representations of East Asians and of Asian music from the late nineteenth century to 2013, touching on examples from minstrelsy, to Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" performance at the American Music Awards, to music videos by the East Asian megastar Wang Leehom, offering some shout outs to fellow musicologists along the way.

The video is available at YouTube now and will soon appear on the TEDx site.


Library of Congress Acquires Jazz Legend Max Roach's Legacy Collection
"The life and music of jazz great Max Roach, one of the founding fathers of the modernist style known as bebop, will be forever memorialized for future generations in the nation's library. The Library of Congress today celebrated the acquisition of Roach's vast personal collection of papers, music, photos, and audio and video recordings. Over his decades-long career, Roach communicated and collaborated with some of the greatest names in jazz history..."

NYT: Music and World War I
NYT, 19 Jan. 2014: "Great Music for the Great War-- Concerts in the U.S. and Europe for a Grim Centennial," by Michael Cooper, on musical commemorations of World War I. AMS honorary member Glenn Watkins, author of Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War (University of California Press, 2002), was interviewed for the article.

AMS Members Receive NEH Grants
The following AMS members were among those receiving NEH awards and offers in their latest round of grants.

 * Brigid Cohen (New York University), "Musical Migration and the Global City: New York, 1947-1965"
 * Karen Desmond (University College Cork), "The Meaning and Importance of Novelty in 14th-Century European Music" 
 * David Garcia (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Music, Africa, and Race in the Mid-20th Century" 
 * Barbara Haggh-Huglo (University of Maryland, College Park), "Of Abbeys and Aldermen: Music in Ghent to 1559" 
 * Tova Leigh-Choate (Provo, Utah), "Early Liturgy, History, and the Arts at Saint-Denis under Abbot Suger, 1121-1151" 
 * Katherine Preston (College of William and Mary), "Women Managers of English-Language Opera Companies in Late 19th-Century America" 
 * Emily Zazulia (University of Pittsburgh), "Concept and Virtuality in 15th-Century Music"

Also: AMS member bruce mcclung (University of Cincinnati) served as project director for the Society for American Music's successful NEH Challenge Grant application

Of note: NEH grants oriented to music (non-AMS members):

 * Matthew Karush (George Mason University), "The Transnational History of Argentine Popular Music in the 20th Century"
 * Noriko Manabe (Princeton University), "How Music and Musicians Communicate the Antinuclear Protest Message in
Post-Fukushima Japan"
 * Benjamin Steege (Columbia University), "Musical Values and the Question of Psychology, 1890–1960"


Herbie Hancock To Deliver 2014 Norton Lectures at Harvard University
"In an interview with The Harvard Crimson, Mr. Hancock said his [six] lectures would center on life lessons and the experiences he has had working with others. His topics include cultural diplomacy, Buddhism and creativity, and innovation and new technologies. The series, called 'The Ethics of Jazz,' will take place in February and March, beginning with a talk titled 'The Wisdom of Miles Davis.'"

The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris: A New Digital Edition
"The project team are delighted to announce that the web site of the new edition of Tinctoris's theoretical writings is now open for public use. You are invited to visit to start exploring the edition and to learn its capabilities..."

NYT: Simon Morrison on the Bolshoi
AMS member Simon Morrison wrote "The Bolshoi’s Spinning Dance of Power" for the NYT op-ed page on 25 November.

Jeffrey Sposato and "Napoleon and the Battle of Nations"
AMS member Jeffrey Sposato was closely involved with organizing this Houston concert that examines the politicization of concerts in early nineteenth-century Leipzig.

Anthony Cummings receives American Philosophical Society Best Book Prize
The American Philosophical Society has awarded AMS member Anthony Cummings its 2013 John Frederick Lewis Award for his book Nino Pirrotta: An Intellectual Biography. The award recognizes the best book published by the society during the award year.

Library of Congress and WGBH collaborate to preserve historic radio and TV materials
"An unprecedented and historic collection of American public radio and television content - dating back through the 1950s - will be permanently preserved and made available to the public through a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston as the American Archive of Public Broadcasting."

Opening the Geese Project now launched
The international collaborative project Opening the Geese Book has been launched and is now available at The site presents the full facsmile of the manuscript New York, Morgan, M. 905, vols. I and II, selected chants recorded by the Schola Hungarica, videos with background information and critical commentary in English and German, a codicological report, archival sources, and bibliography.

The project focuses on the lavishly and whimsically illuminated gradual known as the Geese Book. Produced in Nuremberg between 1503 and 1510, the book preserves the complete mass liturgy compiled for the parish of St. Lorenz and used until the Reformation was introduced in the city in 1525.

Additional commentary is in preparation. Contributions from the scholarly community are welcome.


The Copenhagen Chansonnier and the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers: An open access project
"The web site contains new editions of all the polyphonic songs in the French 15th century chansonnier in The Royal Library, Copenhagen, MS Thott 291 8° (the so-called Copenhagen chansonnier). Each song is here edited as a ‘performance on paper’ according to the manuscript, and all the concordances in the related ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers are edited in a similar way. Each song is accompanied by a list of sources, an edition of the poem(s), incl. English translation, links to online facsimile editions, and extensive comments on sources, texts and music. The site further contains detailed descriptions of the five chansonniers and proposes hypotheses concerning their genesis and dating; the latter is summarized in the introduction, which also discusses the principles of the edition.

"Furthermore, the site offers supplementary materials, which serve to support the investigation of the repertory. They comprise articles and editions concerning the composers Gilles Mureau (complete works), Philippe Basiron (complete chansons) and Fede alias Jean Sohier, about the French music manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Ms. 2794, about chansons notated in ‘clefless notation’, etc."


AMS Awards presented at the Pittsburgh Annual Meeting
See here for all the awards and honors presented at the AMS Annual Meeting 9 November 2013.

Robert Fink's JAMS article receives SMT Interest Group award
The SMT Popular Music Interest Group Outstanding Publication Award for 2013 was awarded to Robert Fink for his article "Goal Directed Soul: Analyzing Rhythmic Teleology in African American Popular Music," Journal of the American Musicological Society 64/1 (2011).

Five AMS members receive ASCAP Deems Taylor awards
This year's ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards were announced earlier this month. Among the award recipients are five AMS members.

Howard Pollack: Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World, Oxford University Press, 2012. (The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field)

Jesse Rodin: Josquin's Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Christoph Wolff: Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. 

Marie Sumner-Lott: "At the Intersection of Public and Private Musical Life: Brahms's Op. 51 Quartets, Journal of the Royal Musical Association 137/2(2012).

David Trippett: "Bayreuth in Miniature: Wagner and the Melodramatic Voice," The Musical Quarterly 95/1 (Spring 2012).


NYT: Columbia University to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items
Allan Kozinn, Oct. 16: Items and papers that once belonged to the composer Sergei Prokofiev, mostly from 1918 to 1938, will be more accessible to scholars. AMS member Simon Morrison facilitated the move.

OUP's Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2e, soon to be released
The long-awaited next edition: scheduled to be released 22 October!

See also the interview with Editor-in-Chief Charles Hiroshi Garrett at the OUP blog.


NEH features Helen Greenwald's edition of Attila
AMS member Mary Macklem writes on Giuseppe Verdi's Attila (edited by AMS member Helen Greenwald) and Italy in the 1840s

NEH features Philip Gossett's research on Verdi
"In an event entitled “Verdi: Uncensored,” held on September 25 at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, prominent musicologist Philip Gossett attempted to roll back the censors’ changes, offering the audience a glimpse of Verdi’s compositions as they were originally conceived..."

Critical Edition of George Gershwin's works to be developed at University of Michigan
"An agreement between the estates of George and Ira Gershwin and the University of Michigan aims to create the first definitive edition of the Gershwins’ entire joint body of work, including such landmark pieces as Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris..."

New musicology Ph.D. program at Temple University
Temple University now offers a new Ph.D. in Music with tracks in Music Theory, Musicology, and Composition. In addition is an open track, which allows students to combine disciplines.

OUP Blog: Jim Steichen on Met HD broadcasts
AMS member Jim Steichen contributed an essay, "Are HD broadcasts “cannibalizing” the Metropolitan Opera’s live audiences?", to the OUP "Academic Insights" blog today.

NYT: Kozinn on Mahler's love life
"Chaste Ascetic? A Letter Details Mahler’s Love Life," by Allan Kozinn, 7/26/2013: "A recently discovered letter from a Mahler confidante — and sometime lover — shows that the composer had numerous affairs and infatuations."

NYRB: Britten reviews
The current New York Review of Books includes Leo Carey's review of several new Britten books, including AMS member Heather Wiebe's Britten's Unquiet Pasts

Horowitz, Clague lead NEH-funded projects
The National Endowment for the Humanities announced its latest round of grants on July 24. In the list are two grants made to projects spearheaded by AMS members.

Joseph Horowitz and the Pacific Symphony received a $300,000 grant to further develop the program "Music Unwound" with a series of multimedia performances and related symposia on the music of Anton Dvorak (1841-1904) and Charles Ives (1874-1954).

Mark Clague's project received a $200,00 grant to develop an institute for school teachers, "Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life." This is a four-week institute for thirty school teachers on the role of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other music related to civic life in American history and culture.

Other NEH-funded projects relating to music history:

"The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta," two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta, with music as a focus.

"Afropop Worldwide's Hip Deep series," production of ten new radio episodes, substantive updates of five existing Afropop Worldwide "Hip Deep" programs exploring contemporary African music, education materials, and an outreach and evaluation campaign.

"Johann Sebastian Bach: Music of the Baroque and Enlightenment," a four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers, to be held in Germany, on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, within the context of the Baroque and Enlightenment eras.


LA Times: Craft on Stravinsky
"Robert Craft explains writing about Stravinsky's homosexual affairs," by Rick Schultz (7/18/2013).

AMS member Tamara Levitz is quoted in this story, refuting Craft's claims.


Chronicle Review: Lost Generation of Jewish Composers
Story oriented to nonspecialists regarding Michael Haas's book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis (Yale University Press, 2013)

Judith Tick on American Icons
AMS Honorary Member Judith Tick is featured on this show originally aired in 2006.

BBC best of the web: Loughridge Music & Technology (valved instruments)
AMS member Deirdre Loughridge wrote on new technologies about 1800. "Charming illustrative tale of disruption caused by arrival of valved horn in the early 19 Century." (Third item in BBC's list of best of the week's tech / science stories.)

Cherubini aria revealed
From the San Jose Mercury News today (thanks to Jenni Veitch-Olson for sending the link):

MENLO PARK -- Hidden for two centuries, concealed notes of a historic opera have been revealed, thanks to the X-ray vision at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Measure by measure, the closing score of the French masterpiece Médée -- darkly smudged over with charcoal -- was illuminated by powerful X-ray light emitted by SLAC's synchrotron and transmitted to computer screens for easy viewing.

When contemporary critics complained that the three-hour opera was too long, composer Luigi Cherubini blacked out its coda, according to legend.

Now musicians have the full length of the original 1797 piece...
(story by Lisa M. Krieger)


UPDATED: NYT: Will Robin, Looking back at "Lenny's Playlist" (and Ben Piekut's book)
AMS member Will Robin wrote this NYT article published 31 May. (AMS member Ben Piekut's 2011 book Experimentalism Otherwise (University of California Press) gets a callout.)

"Looking Back at ‘Lenny’s Playlist’."


UPDATE: Pesic, Reuland receive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
AMS members Andrei Pesic (Princeton University) and Jamie Greenberg Reuland (Princeton University) have also received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships for 2013-14, for "Enlightenment in Concert: The Concert Spirituel and Religious Music in Secular Spaces, 1725-1790" and "Sounding Resemblances: Music and Ritual in Late-Medieval Venice and its Maritime Colonies, 1204-1450," respectively.

Goodman, Loughridge receive ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program Fellowships
Two AMS members have received ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program Fellowships for 2013-14:

Glenda Goodman, University of Southern California, for "American Identities in an Atlantic Musical World";

Deirdre Loughridge, University of California, Berkeley, for "Technologies of the Invisible: Optical Instruments and Musical Romanticism"


Baranello, Steichen receive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Two AMS members have received Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships for 2013-14:

Micaela K. Baranello, Princeton University: The Operetta Empire: Viennese Music Theater and Austrian Identity, 1900-35

James Patrick Steichen, Princeton University: George Balanchine in America: Institutions, Economics and Aesthetics of the Nonprofit Performing Arts, 1933–54


Poriss, Cusick receive ACLS Fellowships
AMS members Hilary Poriss and Suzanne Cusick have received ACLS Fellowships for 2013-14.

Gerbino Receives Columbia University Distinguished Faculty Award
AMS member Giuseppe Gerbino, Columbia University, received a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award last February. Established on a donation from trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law '58), the $75,000 Lenfest award recognizes Columbia University faculty who demonstrate unusual merit in scholarship, university citizenship, and professional involvement. The award ceremony took place on February 27.

Puri name National Humanities Center Fellow
AMS member Michael James Puri (University of Virginia) has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for 2013-14.

Bohlman receives Guggenheim Fellowship
AMS member Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago) has been awarded a 2013-14 Guggenheim Fellowship for his research project "Music after nationalism."

Goodman, Loughridge named 2013 ACLS New Faculty Fellows
AMS members Glenda Goodman and Dierdre Loughridge have been named ACLS 2013 New Faculty Fellows. The New Faculty Fellows program allows recent Ph.D.s in the humanities to take up two-year positions at universities and colleges across the United States where their particular research and teaching expertise augment departmental offerings.

Morrison on Lina Prokofiev: BBC World News interview
AMS member Simon Morrison (Princeton University) discusses his new book Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013; ISBN 9780547391311) on BBC World News (March 23 2013)


NYT: AMS members on Francesco Cavalli's opera Eliogabalo (1667)
Research findings by AMS member Mauro Calcagno (Stony Brook University) are featured in an article devoted to a new production of Cavalli's Eliogabalo by Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City (March 15-29, 2013). The article also features an interview with AMS past President Ellen Rosand. The production uses Calcagno's critical edition to be published by Baerenreiter in the new series Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) - Opere.

Reynolds awarded UC Davis Teaching Prize
Today at UC Davis, AMS President Christopher Reynolds received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. Established in 1986, the prize was created to honor faculty who are both exceptional teachers and scholars. The $45,000 prize is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country and is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation. The winner is selected based on the nominations of other professors, research peers, representatives from the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, and students.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Rocker/Academic Leads New Institute for Popular Music at U. of Rochester
AMS member John Covach is featured in this Chronicle story about the University of Rochester's new Institute for Popular Music.

New Jersey Times: Princeton acquires rare score of Handel's Berenice
Story in the Trenton Times including interview with AMS member Wendy Heller.

NYT: Puccini's "La Rondine": Crossover Dalliance
AMS member Micaela Baranello wrote this story about Puccini's La Rondine, soon to be performed at the Met.

W. Anthony Sheppard discusses Puccini on PBS: 2 December 2013
W. Anthony Sheppard's recent research on the role of music boxes in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Turandot will be featured in an episode of the Emmy Award-winning PBS show "State of the Arts" on December 2nd. The program will be broadcast by WHYY in Philadelphia at 3:30 PM and by New Jersey's NJTV at 8:00 PM. The program is now available at YouTube:


Indiana University's Ostiglia Research Program
This worthy project enters its second year, with the goal a comprehensive web site on the Greggiati Collection in Ostiglia.

AMS Awards announced 3 November
AMS awards for outstanding books, articles, and editions were announced at the Annual Meeting 3 November.

NYT: Newly-found recording of work by Kurt Weill
In Found Music, the Sound of Vindication: Guy Walker has finally done what many collectors only dream of: discovering a previously unknown recording, circa 1940, by the German composer Kurt Weill.

Bruno Nettl named ACLS Haskins Lecturer for 2014
Bruno Nettl, Honorary Member of the AMS and distinguished teacher and scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture at the 2014 ACLS Annual Meeting (May, 2014).

AMS members receive ASCAP Deems Taylor awards
ASCAP's Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field honors Steve Swayne for his book, Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life, published by Oxford University Press. This award was established to honor the memory of Slonimsky (1894 - 1995), the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic.

Daniel Cavicchi received an award for Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum, published by Wesleyan University Press. (The book was supported by an AMS publication subvention.)
Michael Alan Anderson received an award for his article, "Fire, Foliage and Fury: Vestiges of Midsummer Ritual in Motets for John the Baptist," published in Early Music History by Cambridge University Press


Nancy Reich honored with AMY Award
AMS member Nancy B. Reich has recieved the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy AMY award for lifetime achievement in music.

Reinhard Strohm receives Balzan Prize
The International Balzan Prize Foundation has announced its latest round of prize recipients, one of whom is musicologist and AMS Corresponding Member Reinhard Strohm (University of Oxford).

Charles Ives home sold to private buyer
Wall Street Journal, 17 September: "Sale of Ives Home Ends on Sad Note for Fans; Grandson of Famed Composer in Handshake Deal With Private Buyer; Plans to Preserve Connecticut Property Are Stymied"

Kenneth Kreitner receives HBS Lifetime Achievement Award
The Historic Brass Society's 2012 Christopher Monk Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to AMS member Kenneth Kreitner earlier this summer.

Jeffrey Magee at 92Y-Tribeca
AMS member Jeffrey Magee (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will present a talk at the 92nd Street Y - Tribeca: "On Irving Berlin's Musical Theater," 13 September, 3 p.m. See the web site for full details. Brief summary:

"Irving Berlin rose from the teeming immigrant community on the Lower East Side to become one of the most influential and accomplished composers in American musical theater history. Hear about Berlin’s prolific career, from his rags-to-riches tale to the anti-Semitism directed at the composer of 'White Christmas.'"


Joseph Auner on Technology and Music at Inside Higher Ed
AMS member Joseph Auner is featured today in an Academic Minute at Inside Higher Ed. (Transcript also available at .)

North American British Music Studies Association: Erica Siegel Receives Temperley Prize 2012
AMS member Erica Siegel (University of California, Riverside) received the Temperley Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the NABMSA conference for “‘I’m not making this up, you know!’: The success of Vaughan Williams’s students in America.”

Music projects receive over $1.5m NEH funding
Music projects were prominent in the round of NEH awards announced today, receiving over $1.5 million in funding.

Included were fifty grants ($125,000 total) to libraries around the country under the Small Grants to Libraries rubric for "America’s Music," which allows institutions to host a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions on twentieth-century American popular music.


AMS member Philip Gossett's project, the preparation of an edition of the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi, received $60,000 outright and $43,500 in matching funds.

AMS member Margarita Ophee-Mazo's project, a facsimile edition of Stravinsky's Les Noces, received a grant of $195,412.

AMS member Deane Root's project Voices across Time: Teaching American History Through Song, a five-week institute for twenty-five school teachers linking American popular songs to significant periods and events in American history, received a grant of $197,517.

WNYC Radio, New York, received a grant of $704,000 to produce a 90-minute documentary about photographer W. Eugene (Gene) Smith and the history of jazz in New York during the 1950s.

The Newberry Library received a grant of nearly $200,000 to hold a four-week institute for twenty-two higher-education faculty entitled "Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500-1800."


AMS Publication Subventions, Spring 2012
The latest round of AMS publication subventions: twenty books receive $40,000.

Boston Globe: When computers listen to music, what do they hear?
"A new generation of scholars is turning music into data—and uncovering truths beyond human ears..." By Leon Neyfakh, and featuring AMS member Michael Scott Cuthbert (MIT).

Laura's Music: songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder
AMS member Dale Cockrell's MUSA edition of songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder is the source for seven smaller and inexpensive editions of songs referred to in the "Laura" books. They are now available through A-R Editions as well as

Codex Calixtinus found
Found on 4 July 2012 (nearly a year to the date it was reported missing) wrapped in plastic in a garage on the outskirts of Santiago.

Two reports:


AMS members named in MIT Press's "Top Fifty Articles"
Articles by AMS members George E. Lewis ("Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture in Voyager," Leonardo Music Journal 10 (2000)) and Jason Stanyek and Benjamin Piekut ("Deadness: Technologies of the Intermundane," TDR/The Drama Review 54 (2010)) have been included in MIT Press/Journals' list of the fifty most influential articles they have published over the past fifty years in all of their journals, across all disciplines. The selection is in honor of MIT Press/Journal's 50th birthday. Free downloads are available.

Jeffrey Magee's latest reviewed in TLS
AMS member Jeffrey Magee's book Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater (Oxford University Press, 2012) was reviewed by George Bornstein in the June 15 2012 issue of the Times Literary Supplement (available online only by subscription). The book was supported by an AMS Publication Subvention.

NYT: Adrienne Fried Block's daughter, "Unafraid of Aging"
AMS member Adrienne Fried Block's daughter Linda P. Fried is profiled iin this story on aging and the aged.

Auner on the anniversary of Schoenberg's Pierrot
AMS member Joseph Auner's story in the Boston Globe on the anniversary of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

NYT: Music Box as Muse to Puccini's 'Butterfly'
W. Anthony Sheppard, "Music Box as Muse to Puccini’s ‘Butterfly’"

"Chinese tunes on an 1877 music box at the Morris Museum in New Jersey, possibly heard by Puccini, may have inspired passages in his opera Madama Butterfly.” (Now available online; print version Sunday 17 June.)


AMS members receive ACLS Fellowships
The following AMS members have received ACLS fellowships for 2012-13. Congratulations to all!

Margot Fassler / ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship
Professor, Music and Theology, University of Notre Dame
Hildegard's Scivias: Art, Music, and Drama in a Liturgical Commentary

Lauren Ninoshvili / ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program
New Faculty Fellow, Music, New York University
Singing between the Words: The Poetics of Georgian Polyphony

Emiliano Ricciardi / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Musicology, Stanford University
Torquato Tasso and Music: Polyphonic Settings of the "Rime"

Jesse Rodin / ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Music, Stanford University
The Josquin Research Project

Martha Sprigge / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Music History and Theory, University of Chicago
Abilities to Mourn: Musical Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic (1945-1989)

Louise Stein / ACLS Fellowship
Professor, Musicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Opera, the Transformation of Naples, the Marquis del Carpio, and Alessandro Scarlatti

Barbara Swanson / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Musicology, Case Western Reserve University
The Rhetoric of Musical Reform: Plainchant, Solo Song, Affect, and Ethics in Early Modern Rome


Bonnie Gordon on Thomas Jefferson's musical world at Slate
AMS member Bonnie Gordon has a piece at (15 May 2012): "What Did Thomas Jefferson's World Sound Like? Recreating the soundscape of Monticello, from patriotic songs to the slap of the whip."

Michael Puri: Podcast from BBC's "Music Matters"
AMS member Michael Puri's interview with Tom Service's radio show "Music Matters." He discusses his new book Ravel the decadent, recently published by Oxford University Press (an AMS 75 PAYS subvention recipient).

Martha Feldman elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
AMS member Martha Feldman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences today.

Carol J. Oja named Guggenheim Fellow
AMS member Carol J. Oja was named a Guggenheim Fellow this week.

AMS Fellowships, 2012-13
The AMS is pleased to announce the recipients of its fellowships for 2012-13.

Three Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowships have been awarded:

Alexandra Apolloni (University of California, Los Angeles), for work on a dissertation titled “Singing the Swinging Sixties: Race, Voice and Girlhood in 1960s British Pop"

Mary Caldwell (University of Chicago), for work on a dissertation titled "Singing, Dancing, and Rejoicing in the Round: Latin Sacred Songs with Refrains in Musical, Ritual, and Liturgical Perspective, circa 1000-1582"

Elissa Harbert (Northwestern University), for work on a dissertation titled "Remembering the Revolution: Music in Stage and Screen Representations of Early America during the Bicentennial Years"

The Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship is presented by the Society to promising minority graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in music. The 2012-2013 fellowship recipients are Michael Figueroa (University of Chicago) and Jessie Vallejo (University of California, Los Angeles). One of the recipients accepted the award on an honorary basis.


The latest musicology grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities
The following projects have received NEH funding in their latest round of grants.

University of California, Santa Barbara Outright: $50,000
Project Director: M. Patricia Fumerton
Project Title: English Broadside Ballad Archive(EBBA): :Ballad Illustration Archive"
Project Description: The adaptation of image-oriented computer vision software in order to facilitate more effective cataloging and discovery of similar but distinct illustrations found within the English Broadside Ballad Archive.

University of California, Santa Barbara Outright: $280,000
Project Director: M. Patricia Fumerton
Project Title: English Broadside Ballads Archive: Crawford Ballads
Project Description: The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images of up to 1,754 English broadside ballads from the 17th century, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads.

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Outright: $6,000
Project Director: Gayle Magee
Project Title: Music in the Films of Robert Altman: From M*A*S*H to A Prairie Home Companion

RIPM Consortium Ltd. Outright: $265,000
Project Director: H. Robert Cohen
Project Title: Compilation of the Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale, 1900 to 1950 (RIPM)
Project Description: Continued editorial work to compile up to 25,000 searchable annotated bibliographic records documenting music and musical life in 20th-century Europe and in North and Latin America to be made available online and in printed volumes.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Outright: $93,000
Project Director: Bridget Carr
Project Title: Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives Content Digitization and Accessibility
Project, Phase One: Program Books 1888-2011
Project Description: The digitization of the concert programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra covering its full performance history (16,000 concerts) from 1888 to 2011.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Outright: $131,765
Project Director: Steven Weiss
Project Title: From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music
Project Description: Preserving and making accessible online up to 3,019 hours of sound recordings and 4,500 related photographs dating from the 1920s to 1980s, drawn from the university's Southern Folklife Collection, that document the traditional music and musicians of the southeastern United States.

North Carolina Central University Outright: $6,000
Project Director: Candace Bailey
Project Title: Vinculum societatis, or, The tie of good company: Keyboard Instruments in Restoration Cultural Practice

Unaffiliated Independent Scholar Outright: $6,000
[Summer Stipends]
Project Director: Ronit Seter
Project Title: Israeli Composers between Jewishness and the World


2012 Society for American Music Awards
The Society for American (SAM) announced its annual awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald Krummel for his distinguished research and teaching on American-music printing, publishing, and resources.

Distinguished Service Citation: Paul Wells in recognition of his sustained contributions to the Society and with grateful appreciation for nurturing our national music.

Irving Lowens Book Award: Larry Stempel for Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 2010. [An AMS Subvention book; Larry Stempel is an AMS member]

Irving Lowens Article Award: Amy Lynn Wlodarski for “The Testimonial Aesthetics of Different Trains” Journal of the American Musicological Society Vol. 63, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 99–141. [Amy Lynn Wlodarski is an AMS member]

Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award: Nathan Platte for “Musical Collaboration in the Films of David O. Selznick, 1932-1957” University of Michigan, 2010. [Nathan Platte is an AMS member]

Mark Tucker Award: Glenda Goodman for “A ‘Phrenzy of Accomplishments’; or, the Power of Sentimental Songs,” the outstanding student paper presented at the 2012 annual SAM conference. [Glenda Goodman is an AMS member]


Online music history survey for graduate students now available
AMS member Felicia M. Miyakawa (Middle Tennessee State University) has developed an online music history survey for graduate students. The course is to be offered in summer 2012. It is is a three-credit, graduate-­level review of music in history and culture, beginning in the early Middle Ages and extending through the 20th century.

W. Anthony Sheppard appointed next JAMS Editor-in-Chief
W. Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music, Williams College, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, beginning with vol. 67, 2014. His term extends for three years, to the end of 2016. Additional details will be forthcoming in the Feb. 2013 AMS Newsletter.

Michael Long heads to Indiana University
University at Buffalo's loss is Indiana University's gain as AMS member and Kinkeldey Award recipient Michael Long moves in fall 2012.

AMS Members Fassler, Rodin Receive ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
The ACLS announced the recipients of the 2012 Digital Innovation Fellowships today. "The nine fellows will spend a year dedicated to a major scholarly project intended to advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works. These projects span disciplines and methodologies, but all create new means of scholarly investigation and sharing." Among them:

AMS member Margot Fassler (Professor, Theology and Music, University of Notre Dame) will create a digitized, sounding model of Hildegard of Bingen’s conception of the cosmos, employing the advanced technology of Notre Dame’s Digital Visualization Theater.

AMS member Jesse Rodin (Assistant Professor, Music, Stanford University) and his Josquin Research Project will develop new tools for making Renaissance music searchable.


Cuba: Musicology Colloquium and Prize
To be held 19-23 March. Seventy participants from thirteen nations, including the US.

Center for Black Music Research under threat of closure
"In a preliminary report, the Office of the Provost at Columbia College Chicago has recommended closing the school's Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Center for Black Music Research."

MUSA Laura Ingalls Wilder on PBS, June 2012
AMS member Dale Cockrell's MUSA edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder songs has led to a PBS special coming in June 2012. Here is the trailer.


Pianist-musicologist Charles Rosen receives National Humanities Medal
Charles Rosen, performer, musicologist, and AMS Kinkeldey Award recipient, received the National Humanities Medal on Feb. 13. The citation identifies him as "one of America's great writers on music." See for the full citation.

Two NYT stories on the conference in honor of Richard Taruskin
See these stories: ,


Newly discovered piano piece by Brahms
AMS member Christopher Hogwood discovered this short piano piece by Brahms in the Princeton University library.

UPDATE 2/9/2012: follow-up reports indicate that Brahms scholars have known about this work since at least early 2011. See The Music Antiquarian Blog for more info.

UPDATE 2/15/2012: See the AMS Facebook page ( for a letter that appeared 1/27/2012 about this in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, from Michael Struck of the Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe. Thanks to Valerie Goertzen for sending this to the AMS.


Indiana University musicology grad students to live-blog for Rosenkavalier
IU musicology grad students will live-blog during the streaming of the IU opera's performances Feb. 24 and 25, contributing musical and historical commentary in real time.

New AMS Endowment to support travel and research in opera
Through the generosity of AMS honorary member Frank D'Accone, and in memory of William Holmes, a fund in their names has been established for the purpose of supporting musicological research oriented to the history of opera. It encourages work in an area where Professors Holmes and D'Accone have done considerable work. The Holmes / D’Accone Endowment is open to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, and junior faculty. The current award is set at $2,000.

Lomax Collection Online
NYT: "The vast collection of music, film, videotapes and photographs collected by the folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax is being digitized for wider dissemination."

AMS MUSA Laura Ingalls Wilder Edition to be featured on PBS
AMS member Dale Cockrell has spearheaded a special project involving his MUSA edition of music referenced in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books. This video, produced at Middle Tennessee State University, describes the project, which will be aired on PBS in Spring 2012.

Read more about the project in the August 2011 AMS Newsletter, p. 11.


Decker's Music Makes Me wins Best First Book Award
AMS member Todd Decker's book Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz (University of California Press, 2011) has been awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2012 Best First Book award. The presentation will be made in mid-February. The book is the recipient of an AMS 75 PAYS publication subvention.

Chronicle: "A Musical Intervention"
"A multimillion-dollar project to save traditional expressions of music from around the world reflects a shift in ethnomusicology."

AMS members receive Digging into Data Challenge research grant
Electronic Locator of Vertical Interval Successions (ELVIS): The First Large Data-Driven Research Project on Musical Style

Principal Investigators: Michael Scott Cuthbert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NEH; Frauke Jürgensen, University of Aberdeen, AHRC/ESRC/JISC; Julie E. Cumming, McGill University, SSHRC. Additional participating institutions: Yale University.

Description: A project to study changes in Western musical style from 1300 to 1900, using the digitized collections of several large music repositories. The team notes that in order to understand style change in Western polyphonic music we need to be able to describe acceptable vertical sonorities (chords) and melodic motions in each period, and how they change over time. The project aims to do this for European polyphony from 1300 to 1900, using advanced music information retrieval techniques to study highly contrasting kinds of music that are nevertheless unified by common concepts of tonality, consonance vs. dissonance, and voice leading.


AMS elections 2012
The following AMS members have agreed to run for office in the 2012 AMS election:

Vice President:  Joseph Auner (Tufts University), Craig Monson (Washington University in St. Louis)

Treasurer: James Ladewig (University of Rhode Island; unopposed)

Board of Directors: Katherine Bergeron (Brown University), Graeme Boone (Ohio State University), Johann Buis (Wheaton College), Kelley Harness (University of Minnesota), Kate Van Orden (University of California, Berkeley), James Zychowicz (A-R Editions)

The election ballot will become available at the web site in January 2012, and will be included in the Feb. 2012 AMS Newsletter.


AMS Members Receive NEH Grants
Three AMS members received grants in the latest round announced by the NEH:

[Fellowships for University Teachers]
Project Director: Louise Stein
Project Title: Opera and the Transformation of Naples under the Marquis del Carpio, 1683-1687

[Fellowships for University Teachers]
Project Director: Peter Schmelz
Project Title: Russian Composers Alfred Schnittke and Valentin Silvestrov and the End of Soviet Music

[Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars]
Project Director: Elizabeth Keathley
Project Title: The Feminine Face of Musical Modernism: Women as Collaborators in Arnold Schoenberg's Musical Networks


NYRB: Simon Morrison, "The Bolshoi's Latest Act"
AMS member Simon Morrison writes from Moscow on the newly renovated theater: "The Bolshoi hasn’t been restored at all. Beneath the gilt and glitter, it has been transformed into a fantastically unpredictable space."

San Francisco Examiner on AMS (iii)
A report on Leta Miller's paper given Thursday.

San Francisco Examiner on AMS (ii)
A discussion of the Cage session Friday.

San Francisco Examiner on AMS (i)
Steve Smoliar, correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner (first of several stoories): "Music performance and the public good," discussing Michael Mauskapf's paper Thursday.

Annegret Fauser receives Dent Medal
AMS member and JAMS editor-in-chief Annegret Fauser has been awarded the Royal Musical Association's Dent Medal. She will present the Dent Lecture 15 September 2012.

NYT: Emily H. Green on dedications
AMS member Emily H. Green has a story about dedications in Sunday's NYT: "Before Twitter, Name-Dropping Self-Promotion"

NYT: Kenneth Hamilton on Franz Liszt
AMS member Kenneth Hamilton's story "Looking at Franz Liszt on his Bicentenary: Still Wondering if Liszt Was Any Good" was published in the NYT 21 October.

Swiss Musicological Society awards Glarean Prize to Karol Berger
AMS member Karol Berger has been awarded the 2011 Glarean Prize of the Swiss Musicological Society.

Charles Hamm: NYT Obituary
Obituary published in the NYT 10/23 for Charles Hamm, who died October 16. Charles served the AMS as President and was an Honorary Member of the Society.

DDM: Database updates and additions
New list of DDM database updates: ordered by date notification received. (Begins with October 2011.)

Giovanni Zanovello receives Swiss Musicological Society Award
"Giovanni Zanovello, assistant professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is the recipient of the Jacques-Handschin Award from the Swiss Musicological Society, to be presented in Zurich Nov. 22.

"The prize is an award of encouragement for young musicology researchers delivered on recommendation of the preceding Glarean Award winner.

"The Jacques-Handschin Award and the Glarean Award, each endowed with 10,000 francs, are financed through a donation to the Swiss Musicological Society from musicologist Marta Walter."


Psychoacoustics of Chalkboard Squeaking
"At least since 1975 the 'pleasantness' of a sound is discussed from many different angles (Ely 1975; Aures 1984; Halpern etal. 1986; Vaschillo 2003; Neumann & Waters 2006; Cox 2008), but often chalkboard squeaking or scratching a chalkboard with finger nails tops the list of unpleasant sounds. The aim of the presented study is to detect specific parts of the sounds that make chalkboard squeaking particularly unpleasant..."

Piero Weiss: NYT Obituary
James Oestreich wrote an obituary for Peabody Conservatory Professor and AMS member Piero Weiss in the New York Times this morning.

Supreme Court Justices cite Hendrix, Shostakovich
The Supreme Court heard arguments in the copyright case Golan v. Holder, No. 10-545. Plaintiffs claim restriction of First Amendment rights; Defendants (government) claim legitimate copyright protection.

TONIGHT at 7 pm: Albin Zak's RRHOFM talk
Albin Zak, Professor of Music at SUNY Albany and author of I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America (University of Michigan Press, 2010) will deliver the inaugural AMS-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Lecture tonight, October 5, 2011, at 7 p.m.:

"'A Thoroughly Bad Record': Elvis Presley’s 'Hound Dog' as Rock and Roll Manifesto."

It will be streamed live via, and available at the AMS web site as a webcast afterwards.


Early music books accessible to all
Fragile treasures of 16 century music are now freely available online, thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library and JISC. The Early Music Online project has digitised more than 300 books of the world’s earliest printed music from holdings at the British Library.

Some of the books date back as far as the 1500s and, due to their fragile nature, would not be freely available to researchers, but thanks to this digitization project, musicians from around the world can now source the original music free of charge using the Early Music Online website.


Auber's "La muette": politics of Paris performance
"The opera, The Mute Girl of Portici, has been a symbol of Belgian unity since 1830. But to see it staged today, you have to go to Paris, because in Brussels it could arouse political controversy. Excerpts."

AMS Council: At-Large members for 2012-2014
AMS Council recently completed its round of elections for the next term. Here are the results:

Council Secretary (term 2012-2013): Carol Hess

Council At-Large (term 2012-2014):
Mark Burford
James Cassaro
Silvio dos Santos
Katharine Ellis
Sarah Eyerly
Wayne Heisler, Jr.
Andrew Kirkman
Kathryn Lowerre
Klára Móricz
James Parsons
Michael J. Puri
Jennifer Saltzstein
Anne Stone
Patrick Warfield
Lesley A. Wright

(The 2012 term begins with the Council meeting to be held in San Francisco, 12 November 2011.)


Musicological Projects Receive NEH Support
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded two additional grants for music-related projects coordinated by AMS  members in the Scholarly Editions and Translations Program:

"Online Edition of the Secular Music of Luca Marenzio," directed by Mauro Calcagno (Stony Brook University) and Giuseppe Gerbino (Columbia University), has received $125,000 for three years;

"Recovering Lost Voices: A Digital Workshop for the Restoration of Renaissance Polyphony," directed by Richard Freedman (Haverford College), has received $ 150,000 for two years.


AMS/National Endowment for the Humanities MUSA Project renewed for three years
The AMS-sponsored project Music of the United States of America received renewed funding ($135,000 over three years) for the period July 2011 to June 2014 in the latest round of grants awarded by the National Endowment of the Humanities.

NYT: Two composers [Schuman and Barber], honored silently
AMS member Steve Swayne on the two composers and their centennials.

Rare musical texts reunited (AHRC News)
"A collection of 16th century musical manuscripts is to be reunited after 400 years at Edinburgh University this summer thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)..." Eight MSS; St. Andrews Psalter, work of Thomas Wode, 1562-1592.

Todd Decker, Astaire and Jazz, in the news
AMS member Todd Decker's recent book Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz (California, 2011) was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal (Will Friedwald) on 9 July 2011.

He is also being interviewed about the book on WNYC's daily music show Soundcheck on 13 July. The segment will have a webpage after the broadcast: see

The book is the recipient of an AMS subvention.


NYT: Bruckner's intentions
AMS member Ben Korstvedt on the editions and sources of Bruckner's symphonies: "Still Searching For Bruckner’s True Intentions"

Orlando Sentinal: UCF acquires rare chant book
The University of Central Florida's new treasure, a 16th-century Spanish Antiphonary, is described.

Chronicle: Bernard Hermann's centenary
Jack Sullivan writes on Bernard Hermann's film music in this weeks Chronicle

Codex Calixtinus is Missing
One of the most important pre-Notre Dame polyphony manuscripts has gone missing from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Coincidentally, the Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music was meeting at the same time, a thousand km away in Barcelona.

The musicology of electronic signals
AMS member Sumanth S. Gopinath is interviewed in this story by John Timpane on "gadget sounds." "One of the most familiar pieces of music in the world," she says, " is the Nokia Tune [], heard 1.8 billion times a day."

NYT: Why Rossini stopped after "William Tell"
"The Puzzle of Rossini’s Brief Career," By Zachary Woolfe: Why Rossini quit writing opera.


NPR on the Lehman Collection Sale
A short segment of NPR's Morning Edition today featured AMS members Christoph Wolff and Anne Shreffler commenting on the proposed sale of the Lehman Collection.  See the Lubrano web site for further information on the collection.

AMS Publication Subventions, Spring 2011: $36,000 to twenty recipients
The AMS is happy to announce its latest round of publication subventions. Nineteen books and one journal article have been granted $36,000 in funds to support publication expenses.

Funding for AMS subventions is provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the generous support of AMS members and friends. Publication subventions are administered by the Publications Committee of the AMS.


AMS and RRHOFM institute new lecture series
The AMS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will jointly sponsor a lecture series to be held at the RRHOFM and presented as a webcast afterwards. Albin J. Zak III (SUNY Albany) will present the first lecture in October 2011. His title is "'A Thoroughly Bad Record': Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog' as Rock and Roll Manifesto."

AMS members receive 2011 ACLS Fellowships
AMS members Gregory Barnett, Alexander Bonus, Richard Freedman, Emily Green, Ann Elizabeth Lucas, J. Griffith Rollefson, Arman Schwartz, Jessica Schwartz, David G. Yearsley, and Emily C. Zazulia have received 2011 ACLS Fellowships.

Schoenberg Estate Added to UNESCO "Memory of the World" Register
"Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), composer, painter, teacher, theoretician, and innovator, is ranked amongst the prominent artistic figures in the history of western culture. His writings, apart from his compositions, are valuable documents for the musical, intellectual, and cultural history of the first half of the 20th century, as well as for exile studies, and thus for contemporary history. They are evidence of the multifaceted interests of an eminent artistic personality, and also address questions of aesthetics, Jewish affairs, politics, and religion."

See the announcement at the Shoenberg Center Web site


Derek Scott on Eurovision Song Contest
AMS member Derek Scott (Leeds U.) has thoughts on the winning songs, and a contender in hand...

AMS Election Results
Elected: Christopher Reynolds, President; Pamela F. Starr, Secretary; Andrew Dell'Antonio, Lois Rosow, and W. Anthony Sheppard, Directors-at-Large.

Sheppard named IAS Member, 2011-12
AMS member W. Anthony Sheppard (Williams College) has been named a Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, for 2011-12.

Bohlmann, Fuller, Kelly Named American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has named AMS members Philip V. Bohlman (Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, University of Chicago), Sarah A. Fuller (Professor of Music History and Theory, Stony Brook University), and Thomas Forrest Kelly (Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, Harvard University) as 2011 Fellows.

O'Toole named Newcombe Fellow
AMS member Michael O'Toole was named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship winner yesterday for his University of Chicago dissertation "Performing Diasporas: Music, Immigration, and Transnationalism in Contemporary Berlin, Mr. O’Toole studies the role of music in shaping the cultural and religious identities of Turkish immigrants in Berlin."

Allen, Brand receive 2011-12 Rome Prize
AMS members Aaron Allen and Benjamin Brand were among those awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, it was announced last week.

NYT: Rossini Scholar Philip Gossett Disagrees With Met
"Philip Gossett, an expert on early-19th-century Italian opera, says the Metropolitan Opera should be using a new edition of Le Comte Ory for its premiere production of that Rossini work..." By Anthony Tommasini

Simon Morrison Receives Guggenheim
AMS member Simon Morrison, Professor of Music, Princeton University, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2011-12 for his project "The secret archive of Prokofiev."

Music related to Abraham Lincoln
"Musicologist Tom Kernan is investigating almost 150 years' worth of music related to Abraham Lincoln..."

Warsaw museum acquires previously unknown Chopin letters
"The Chopin Museum has acquired correspondence devoted to the famous Polish-born composer's exile in France, where he spent much of his life after he left Poland following the collapse of an uprising against Russia..."

Reuters: Striggio Mass recovered by AMS member Davitt Moroney hits the charts
"Lost" 450-year-old mass soars on British charts

"A sumptuous first recording of a long-lost 450-year-old Italian Renaissance mass written for 40 different vocal parts has soared onto British pop charts a week after its release. The recording by British vocal group I Fagiolini of the little-known Alessandro Striggio's 1566 mass for 40 voices -- most masses are written for four -- made its debut at number 68 on the pop charts, above Bon Jovi, George Harrison and Eminem..."


MTSU prof. vs. Lil Wayne?
AMS member Felicia Miyakawa (Middle Tennessee State University), an authority on hip-hop, is in the news in connection with a copyright infringement lawsuit between Dwayne Michael "Lil Wayne" Carter Jr. (aka Weezy) and Michael "Maili Boy" Bradford. Miyakawa has provided expert testimony in the case.

National Endowment for the Humanities: awards announced
The following AMS members received NEH grants in the round announced December 2010:

Paul Berry (University of North Texas), for "The Rhetoric of Memory in Brahms’s Songs and Small-Scale Chamber Music."

Sally Bick (University of Windsor), for "The Musical Legacy of the New School of Social Research."

Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University), for "Watteau’s Utopias of Music and Theater: Visions of a New France."

Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Ohio State University), for "American Music, Global Messages: Building Bridges in the Cold War World."

Drew Massey (Harvard University), for "Between Collaboration and Retrospection: John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page, 1929–1989."

Tilden Russell (Southern Connecticut State University), for "The Compleat Dancing Master: A Translation of Gottfried Taubert’s Rechtschaffener Tantzmeister (1717). Introduction, Translation, and Annotations."

Judith Tick (Northeastern University), for "Ella Fitzgerald, a Biography: Life, Work, Legacy."


Chopin's hallucinations possibly due to epilepsy
Article in Medical Humanities (2010) by Manuel Vazquez Caruncho and Francisco Branas Fernandez of the Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde theorizes.

Abstract: "Frédéric Chopin is the epitome of the romantic artist; he had a chronic pulmonary disease that ultimately caused his death at the age of 39. An overlooked neurological condition is discussed in this paper. We consider the possibility of a temporal lobe epilepsy, as throughout his life Chopin had hallucinatory episodes, which can accompany seizure disorders."


San Francisco Symphony announces Mahler Initiative
Today the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas announced they will present new episodes of their acclaimed national Keeping Score television series on PBS in Summer 2011, exploring the life and music of Gustav Mahler (air dates will be announced later this spring).

In a year marking the centenary of both the death of Gustav Mahler and the birth of the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestra’s acclaimed Keeping Score project focuses on the enigmatic composer with two one-hour documentary-style episodes, two live-performance programs, new Mahler-related content at and a 13-part national radio series.


Music and Disability: Chronicle review
A new book on music and disability by Alex Lubet receives a short review in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education.

PBS: "Hallelujah!: How Handel Orchestrated a Classic Financial Portfolio"
Musicologist and AMS member Ellen Harris (MIT) talks about Handel, The Messiah, and finance.

News clip from PBS News, 12/23/2010.


DDM at the AMS office
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology is now available in a revised format: try out the new version!

This is a good opportunity to check your own dissertation entry and send an update, or (if it's missing) use the form to add your dissertation to the new version of the database.

Thanks are due to Durrell Bowman at the AMS office, and Peter Slemon and Tom Mathiesen at the CHTML office at Indiana University.


Leon Botstein's Daily Read (CHE)
AMS member Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, is featured at the Chronicle of Higher Education today.

Mozart's indebtedness
NYT report on AMS member Peter Hoyt's paper delivered at AMS Indianapolis 2010.

AMS Members Receive ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards
It was announced today that AMS members received ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards as follows:
  • Glenda Dawn Goss for Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland, published by The University of Chicago Press.
  • Jann Pasler for Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France, published by University of California Press.
  • Peter J. Schmelz for Such Freedom If Only Musical:Unofficial Soviet Music During the Thaw, published by Oxford University Press.
  • Dorothy Lamb Crawford for A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California, published by Yale University Press.
  • J. Peter Burkholder for his article, "Music of the Americas and Historical Narratives," from American Music, published by University of Illinois Press.

Robin D. G. Kelley's book Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009), this year's AMS Music in American Culture Award winner, also received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.


Long-lost Vivaldi opera to premiere
"Montezuma special because it's set in New World, he didn't recycle music."
by Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle


Update on the cello-to-Leeds incident
This story by Tom Service appeared at The Guardian web site today.

"More usually associated with musical esoterica than international espionage, terrorism, or economic skulduggery, the world of musicology -- which is to say the music departments of our universities -- is under threat. Government cuts? Tuition fees? The progressive dumbing down of today's culture? Well, all that -- and the UK Border Agency officials at Heathrow..."

UPDATE 23/11/2010: Opinion piece in the London Evening Standard


UK Border Agency denies entrance to American conference delegate
Regarding the International Symposium "Non-Nationalist" Russian Opera, Leeds (UK), November 16-17: AMS member Derek Scott reported today that an attendee with a cello was barred by an immigration official at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3) from entering the country. Scott reported that the cellist was turned back "for trying to get into the UK with the intention of playing a cello at the conference. She was not being paid a penny for this, but these zealous officers decided that playing a cello is work and, paid or unpaid, she could not be allowed in."

Conference organizer George Kennaway reports that "the cellist is a member of a string quartet--and the other players were allowed in."

The conference organizers are presently seeking redress from the relevant government officials.


Vivian Perlis honored by Musical America
AMS member Vivian Perlis was named Musical America’s Educator of the Year on 9 November.

"Her contribution to American music and musicians is immeasurable. The founding director of Yale University's Oral History of American Music forty years ago, she has logged some 2,000 interviews with or about such major musicians as Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Cage, Ellington, Schuman, Carter, Adams and Eubie Blake, among many others. The co-author of Copland’s autobiography and an award-winning book on the music of Ives, she wrote Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music (Yale, 2005), with Libby Van Cleve. The Oral History project, states Musical America in its citation, 'was nothing less than a revolution in the preservation of music history--all due to the foresight of this visionary woman.'"


Mendelssohn's Elijah and his Jewish ancestry
"Mendelssohn's 'Elijah': Both Sides Now," in The Jewish Week, 11/11/2010. AMS members Jeffrey Sposato and R. Larry Todd are cited.

New issue of JAMS now available
JAMS 63/2 (2010) is now available online. Contents include Andrew R. Walkling, "The Masque of Actaeon and the Antimasque of Mercury: Dance, Dramatic Structure, and Tragic Exposition in Dido and Aeneas"; Rebecca Herisson, "Playford, Purcell, and the Functions of Music Publishing in Restoration England"; Christina Bashford, "Historiography and Invisible Musics: Domestic Chamber Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain"; and reviews by James Grier, Wendy Heller, Robert Fallon, Cheong Wai Ling, and Frederick Moehn

Steve Swayne on William Schuman's Seventh Symphony: webcast
Steve Swayne's AMS/Library of Congress lecture delivered Spring 2010, "William Schuman's Puzzling Seventh Symphony," is now available as a webcast through the courtesy of the Library of Congress.

See here for full details:


Newly published: MUSA 21, John Philip Sousa, Six Marches, ed. Patrick Warfield
This edition forms part of the AMS series Music of the United States of America. Thanks are due to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their financial support.

NYT on US military bands in the 21st century
"U.S. Military Bands: Lighter and Faster," by Daniel J. Wakin: "The bands’ new mission matches current military doctrine: the creation of small, self-contained forces..."

AMS Pedagogy Study Group launches new journal
The AMS Pedagogy Study Group has launched a new online journal, Journal of Music History Pedagogy. Vol. 1 no. 1 includes articles by James A. Davis (SUNY Fredonia), Kenneth E. Prouty (Michigan State University), and Melanie Lowe (Vanderbilt University); and reviews by Dane Owen Heuchemer (Kenyon College) and Angela Mariani (Texas Tech University).

This issue also includes an editorial on the current state of pedagogy scholarship in music history, a bibliography of sources on music history pedagogy since 2000, and a preview of vol. 1, no 2 (Spring 2011).

C. Matthew Balensuela (DePauw University) serves as Editor-in-Chief.


NYT: Leslie Sprout on Rediscovered Honeggerr Score
"Unlocking the Mystery of Honegger," by AMS member Leslie Sprout
NYT, 26 August 2010.

"The rediscovered score of Arthur Honegger’s “Chant de Libération” sheds new light on his efforts to improve his ambiguous wartime political position."


Mozart's death: theories evaluated
NYT: After Mozart’s Death, an Endless Coda, By Daniel J. Wakin: "What killed Mozart? A review of proposed causes has organized scores of theories into five distinct categories."

National Jazz Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats
"For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory, it was known to include extended live performances by some of the most honored names in jazz — but only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique."

New online editions of seventeenth-century music
Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music, catalogue No. 18: a series of Vespers psalm settings by Giovanni Paolo Colonna for various combinations of solo voices and string ensemble––some with optional choir––in an edition by Dr. Pyrros Bamichas of the University of Athens.

No. 19: a motet for three voices by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, edited by Dr. C. Jane Gosine of Memorial University (St. Johns, Canada).


Wye Jamison Allanbrook, 1943-2010
AMS Honorary Member and Past President Wye Jamison (Wendy) Allanbrook died 15 July at her home in Oakland, California. She was 67.

Information on memorial services, etc., will be forthcoming. (The link here is to the New York Times obituary by James R. Oestreich, which appeared 7/26/2010)


The latest round of AMS publication subventions
The AMS is happy to announce its latest round of publication subventions. Sixteen books have been granted over $39,000 in funds to support publication expenses.

Authors include Franya Berkman, Todd Decker, Sabina Feisst, Peter Franklin, Jeremy Grimshaw, Barbara Heyman, Richard Jankowsky, Herbert Kellman, Judith Kuhn, Philip Lambert, Tamara Levitz, Laura Lohmann, Carol Muller, Steven Rings, David Schulenberg, and Stefanie Tcharos.


William Mahrt Honored by Early Music America
AMS member William Mahrt was recently awarded Early Music America's Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college Collegium Musicum.

New Research on Plato and Pythagoras
In a paper in the journal Apeiron and the draft of the related book currently being circulated, Jay Kennedy argues there were musical structures embedded in Plato's dialogues.

August AMS Newsletter, AMS/SMT Indianapolis 2010 Preliminary Program, Now Available
The latest AMS Newsletter is now available!

Music encoding Initiative: Data Model for Digital Musicology
Abstract of paper read at the Digital Humanities Conference, Kings College London, June 2010. MEI is a music notation encoding model developed for scholarly purposes.

Neil Lerner on his new book Music in the Horror Film
AMS member Neil Lerner's new book is described in this news release from Davidson College.

George E. Lewis interview at the American Music Center web site
AMS member George E. Lewis is interviewed by Trevor Hunter and discusses his book A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music, which won the inaugural AMS Music in American Culture Award in 2009.

New Issue of Journal of Musicology Now Available
Includes articles by Melanie Lowe ("The Art of Transition: After Haydn Year 2009"), Deirdre Loughridge ("Haydn's Creation as an Optical Entertainment"), James Grier ("The Reinstatement of Polyphony in Musical Construction: Fugal Finales in Haydn's Op. 20 String Quartets"), and W. Dean Sutcliffe ("Expressive Ambivalence in Haydn's Symphonic Slow Movements of the 1770s").

NPR: Tom Ashbrook on Harvey Sach's new book on Beethoven's Ninth
Tom Ashbrook, "On Point," on NPR. Sachs's book was published 15 June.

AMS books at Google Books
Books published by the AMS between 1962 and 1990 (Kerman, The Elizabethan Madrigal; Reilly, Quantz and his Versuch; Sparks, The Music of Noel Bauldeweyn; Lockwood and Roesner, eds., Essays in Musicology) are now freely available via Google Books.

Wagner in LA symposium "Wagner: His Music and His Critics": Pasadena Star-News
Story about symposium in conjunction with the Ring Festival LA features AMS members Mitchell Morris and John Deathridge. Symposium took place at the Huntingdon Library 9 June. See the Ring Festival LA press release for additional musicological events.

Gershwin and Berg: NYT
NYT: A Conductor’s Passion for ‘Porgy’, By Matthew Gurewitsch
Published: June 1, 2010

Re Harnoncourt's performance and recording, which makes use of Christopher Reynolds' article “Porgy and Bess, ‘An American Wozzeck,’” Journal of the Society for American Music 1 (2007), winner of the 2008 AMS H. Colin Slim Award. Reynolds is Professor of Music at UC Davis and Editor of AMS Studies in Music.


AMS members receive ACLS Grants and Fellowships
Somangshu Mukherji / ECF Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Music, Princeton University
Generative Musical Grammar: A Minimalist Approach

Lawrence M. Zbikowski / ACLS Fellowship
Associate Professor, Music, University of Chicago
Foundations of Musical Grammar

Kevin C. Karnes / Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Music, Emory University
Wagner, the Arts, and Utopian Visions in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna

Holley Replogle-Wong / ACLS New Faculty Fellows
New Faculty Fellow, Music, University of California, Berkeley
Middlebrow Intersections Between Operetta and the Megamusical

Rebekah Ahrendt / ECF Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Musicology, University of California, Berkeley
A Second Refuge: French Opera and the Huguenot Migration, 1685-1713

Kate van Orden / ACLS Fellowship
Professor, Music, University of California, Berkeley
Musica Transalpina: French Music, Culture, and Identity in 16th-c. Italy

Tes Slominski / ECF Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship
Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, New York University
Gender, Music, and the Public Sphere in Twentieth Century Ireland

Matthew J. McDonald / ACLS Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Music, Northeastern University
Breaking Time’s Arrow: Temporality in the Music of Charles Ives

Kelly M. St. Pierre / East European Studies Program Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study
Graduate Student, Music, Case Western Reserve University


The New Yorker: "Black Brown and Beige: Duke Ellington's music and race in America"
by Claudia Roth Pierpont; essay/review of Harvey Cohen, Duke Ellington’s America (Chicago; $40)

AMS 2010 Election Results
Michael Beckerman, Vice President
James Ladewig, Treasurer
Bonnie Blackburn, Wendy Heller, James Parakilas, Directors at Large

Their terms begin 7 November 2010 and conclude in November 2012.

See for further information about the AMS Board of Directors.


Stephan Zweig's collection of autographed music manuscripts
"Zweig owned a remarkable collection of 4,000 musical and literary autographed manuscripts, now held by the British Library in London..."

Daniel Politoske creates musicology scholarship at the University of Kansas
AMS member Daniel Politoske, Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of Kansas, recently created an endowed scholarship through KU Endowment for graduate students studying musicology.

Jessie Fillerup receives $25,000 NEH grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that AMS member Jessie Fillerup received a grant for $25,000 to support a proposal to develop an undergraduate NEH "Enduring Questions" course that explores concepts of time through music and literature. [See, p. 20.]

JRMA 135/1 Now Available
Contents include articles and review articles by Jens Henrik Koudal and Michael Talbot, Rupert Ridgewell, Allan W. Atlas, Allan F. Moore, Trevor Herbert, John Croft, and Sheila Whiteley.

Allen Scott receives Fulbright Award
Allen Scott, AMS member and associate professor of music at Oklahoma State University, will teach courses on musicology, early music notation, American music, and Polish music of the Renaissance and baroque eras in the University of Wroclaw’s Musicology Institute in Wroclaw, Poland.

Craig Wright, Thomas Hampson Elected to AAAS
Craig M. Wright, AMS member and Professor of Music at Yale University, and Thomas Hampson, strong AMS supporter and creator of the Hampson Endowment, were elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it was announced yesterday.

NYT: Taruskin: Just How Russian Was Stravinsky?
By Richard Taruskin, NYT, 4/18/2010. "A New York Philharmonic festival asserts that the composer’s “Russian heart never waned.” Stravinsky might object."

New issue of JAMS now available
JAMS 63/1 (2010) is now available online. Contents include Emily Wilbourne, Lo Schiavetto (1612): Travestied Sound, Ethnic Performance, and the Eloquence of the Body; John H. Roberts, False Messiah; Amy Lynn Wlodarski, The Testimonial Aesthetics of Different Trains; and reviews by David Ross Hurley, Cliff Eisen, Vanessa Agnew, Elizabeth A. Wells, and David Schulenberg.

New issue of Journal of Musicology now available
Includes articles by Bruce Durazzi ("Luigi Nono's Canti di vita e d'amore: Musical Dialectics and the Opposition of Present and Future"), Jeannie Ma. Guerrero ("The Presence of Hindemith in nono's Sketches: A New Context for Nono's Music), Leeman L. Perkins ("Josquin's Qui habitat and the Psalm Motets"), and Steven Zohn ("Review Essay: The Baroque Concerto in Theory and Practice")

Raymond Monelle, 1937-2010
Raymond Monelle died 12 March, aged 73. He was a leader in the field of music and semiotics.

Smithsonian Exhibition on Apollo Theater
AMS member Guthrie Ramsey was intimately involved with the new Smithsonian exhibition. Organized by National Museum of African American History and Culture in association with the Apollo and in celebration of the Apollo's 75th Anniversary, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment" will be on view in the new museum's gallery in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History from April 23, 2010 until August 29, 2010.

03/03/2010 playing on original instruments
"When composers wrote for these instruments they sometimes loved them and sometimes chafed at their limitations, but in any case they wrote for those sounds, that touch, those bells and whistles..." by Jan Swafford

Cultural Piracy and 19th-century Sheet Music
"History shows that intellectual property is more complex than either its creators or copiers care to admit, says a Chicago scholar" [Adrian Johns]
by Jeffrey R. Young


Now available: Walter Frisch's Library of Congress Lecture
In Fall 2009, Walter Frisch presented the AMS-Library of Congress Lecture, "Arnold Schoenberg's Creative Journey, 1897-1912". It is now available at the Library of Congress web site as a webcast.

Summer Position at the AMS
The AMS, together with the Bowdoin International Music Festival, seeks a summer intern for 2010. Applications are now being accepted; see the web site for full details.

Roger Scruton, "Music and Morality," in this week's American Spectator
"Music, for Plato, was not a neutral amusement. It could express and encourage virtue— nobility, dignity, temperance, chastity. But it could also express and encourage vice—sensuality, belligerence, indiscipline.

"Plato’s concern was not so very different from that of a modern person worrying about the moral character, and moral effect, of Death Metal, say, or musical kitsch of the Andrew Lloyd Webber kind..."


Newly published: Assessment of scholarly communication, with case study in music
"Since 2005, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been conducting research to understand the needs and practices of faculty for in-progress scholarly communication (i.e., forms of communication employed as research is being executed) as well as archival publication. The complete results of our work can be found at the Future of Scholarly Communication’s project website. This report brings together the responses of 160 interviewees across 45, mostly elite, research institutions to closely examine scholarly needs and values in seven selected academic fields: archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music, and political science."

University of Michigan to sponsor Motown-at-50 symposium
“Michigan Celebrates Motown: The Symposium” is to be presented Feb. 18-19 by the university’s music school, African-American studies center and other departments. (Story from the Detroit Free Press)

AMS Program and Performance Committees begin work
Over six hundred proposals for papers or performances were received at the AMS office prior to the 15 January deadline. The committees now begin their evaluation work.

Boris von Haken on Eggebrecht (in English)
"Musicology and mass execution: During World War II, the famous German musicologist Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht belonged to the Feldgendarmerie division 683, which committed horrific murders on the Crimean peninsular. By Boris von Haken." [translation of the article that first appeared in Die Zeit, 20 December 2009]

Soon to be published: JAMS 62/3
JAMS 62/3, Fall 2009, will be published soon. Included in this issue:


Joshua Rifkin, "The Creation of the Medici Codex"
Daniel Chua, "Beethoven's Other Humanism"
Kevin C. Karnes, "Wagner, Klimt, and the Metaphysics of Creativity in fin-de-siecle Vienna"


Richard Taruskin, The Oxford History of Western Music, reviewed by Mark Everist
Martha Feldman, Opera and Sovereignty, reviewed by Mary Hunter
John Worthen, Robert Schumann, reviewed by Yael Braunschweig
Jeffrey S. Sposato, The Price of Assimilation, reviewed by Daniel Beller-McKenna
Laurent Aubert, The Music of the Other, reviewed by Timothy Rice
Jean-Luc Nancy, Listening, reviewed by Roger Grant

Online access will be available at AMS members may access JAMS online via the members-only login:


NYT: At Colleges, Humanities Job Outlook Gets Bleaker
Graduate students in languages and literature may face a sharp decline in faculty positions as the recession forces cutbacks in university hiring.

By TAMAR LEWIN, December 18, 2009


British Library digitizes Byrd and Handel manuscripts
'My Ladye Nevells Booke', the 16th-century manuscript of William Byrd’s keyboard music, has been digitized by the British Library together with excerpts from Handel’s draft score of Messiah.

NYT: Report from the recent theory symposium on black-metal music
"Thank You, Professor, That Was Putrid", By BEN RATLIFF, Published: December 15, 2009

“Hideous Gnosis,” a six-hour theory symposium on black-metal music, commenced on Saturday at Public Assembly.


Univ. of Mary Washington performs rarely-heard Haydn
AMS member Stephen Fisher's 1976 discovery recently performed at UMW.

AMS Announces New Accessibility Policy
Recognizing the contributions that scholars with disabilities have made and continue to make to the field of musicology, and in keeping with its commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and equal access, the American Musicological Society has adopted these guidelines.

AMS Lands Grant from Mellon Foundation
At its seventy-fifth anniversary business meeting in Philadelphia 14 November 2009, the American Musicological Society (AMS) announced receipt of a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist in the publication of first books in musicology by scholars in the early stages of their career.

AHJ AMS 50 Fellowship: Deadline 15 December
AHJ AMS 50 Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of academic merit. Winners receive a twelve-month stipend, currently set at $19,000.

Howard Mayer Brown Fellowships: deadline 15 December
Applications are now accepted for this AMS fellowship. Please note the deadline, earlier than in previous years.

H. C. Robbins Landon, 1926-2009
Haydn scholar H. C. Robbins Landon died 20 November 2009 in Rabastens France.

NYT: Mozart Operas in Facsimile
The Magic Pen: Mozart Operas Up Close
Published: November 22, 2009
With the publication of “The Magic Flute,” a series of bibliophile facsimiles of the seven most important Mozart operas is complete.


AMS Awards Presented in Philadelphia
Follow the link for the full details on all honors and awards presented at the AMS meeting in Philadelphia, 14 Nov 2009.

Jean-Jacques Nattiez Receives SSRC Top Honor
"The 2009 SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research, which awards $100,000 to an individual whose leadership, dedication and originality of thought have significantly advanced understanding in his or her field of research, was given to Jean-Jacques Nattiez of the Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal."

Scores of Beverly Sills at the Music Division of NYPL
Beverly Sills's scores have come to the Music Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. There are about 45 of them. They're not ready for access yet. Once cataloged and put in preservation enclosures they will be available for all to see.

NYT: Pandora's Song Decoders
"By breaking music down into its component parts, Pandora Internet radio tries to figure out what kind of music you — not your social group, heroes or aspirational self — really like."

From the Harvard Gazette: Computational Geometry Unlocks a Musica Phylogeny
"Does Bo Diddley rule the world?

"Though he died last year, the iconic singer and guitarist of American blues and rock still rules the rhythms of the world, says computer scientist Godfried Toussaint. Toussaint uses complex algorithms to ferret where the rhythms of world music came from — in the same way an evolutionary biologist might hunt for the origins of, say, an arthropod body part.

"Diddley’s instrument of power is the clave son, a pattern of beats so compelling, said Toussaint, that in the past 50 or 60 years it 'has captured the entire planet.'..."


Now online: Brook, Catalog of the French Symphony in the Second Half of the 18th Century
The Versailles Center for Baroque Music has updated their database to include Barry S. Brook's Catalogue de la symphonie française dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle, which includes 1,202 works and 166 collections.

Glarean's Dodecachordon Available Online at University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce that digital images of every page of its copy of Glarean's Dodecachordon, heavily annotated by the author, are now available at . (Please note that the images are available in two formats: high resolution pdfs, each about 18 megabytes, and reduced resolution pdfs, each about 1 megabyte).

This volume forms part of the Cortot collection of treatises (for an inventory of the portion of this collection, more than 300 volumes, that resides at the University of Kentucky, see the link on this page: ).

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jonathan Glixon
jonathan.glixon at


AMS Studies Editor Christopher Reynolds wins 2009 Kurt Weill Prize
A $2,000 Kurt Weill Prize for outstanding article has been awarded to Christopher Reynolds, Professor of Musicology, University of California, Davis, for his article, "Porgy and Bess: 'An American Wozzeck'" (Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 1, Number 1, 2007).

AMS vacancy: Executive Editor, Music of the United States of America
The American Musicological Society seeks an Executive Editor for MUSA, a national series of scholarly editions funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Michigan, as well as the AMS.

AMS Philadelphia 2009: Program and Abstracts now at web site
PDF versions of the final program and abstracts are now available.

New research by Boris von Haken reveals grim details about Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht's Nazi service
In his lecture “Holocaust und Musikwissenschaft: Zur Biographie von Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht” held on 17 September 2009 at the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung held in Tübingen, Boris von Haken showed that Eggebrecht belonged to a commando unit directly responsible for the murder of many thousands of Jews at Simferopol in the Crimea in December 1941 during World War II. Rudolf Pallmann, who served as commander of the 3rd company of the Feldgendarmerieabteilung 683, was sentenced to seven times life imprisonment in 1969. After the war, Eggebrecht lied about the nature of his military service, and went on to a prominent career as Professor of Musicology at the University of Freiburg and main editor of the journal Archiv für Musikwissenschaft.

Haken’s research will appear as a book, Holocaust und Musikwissenschaft: Biographische Untersuchungen zu Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht (München: Allitera Verlag) in 2010.

[The link provided leads to the schedule of events for the conference; further information about the paper will be reported as it ermerges.--ed.]


Early Music Scholars Competition, courtesy of Chalice Consort
The Early Music Scholars Competition (EMSC) is a competition presented by Chalice Consort to foster the discovery of early music choral scores.

Follow the link for full details.


New issue of Current Musicology Now Available
Current Musicology 87 (Spring 2009)

Articles on opera and film by Melina Esse, Benjamin Binder, Lydia Goehr, and Theo Cateforis...


Conf. on Minimalist Music: Report from the field
Report by Galen Brown on the Second International Conference on Minimalist Music, held 2-6 September in Kansas City.

OUP appoints Deane Root Editor in Chief of Grove Music Online
"Dr. Root, Professor of Music and Director of the Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, is an ideal fit for the position and brings with him a wealth of experience as a professor, scholar, and librarian...."

Taruskin OHWM reviewed in The Economist
"...A refreshingly open-ended view of contemporary music-making that puts many of his predecessors, Burney among them, to shame."

New blog: The Taruskin Challenge
"Two grad students blog their way through the most monumental musicological work in generations."

Podcast: Eastman musicologist Roger Freitas on his new book
AMS member Roger Freitas discusses his new book, Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (Cambridge University Press, 2009) on WXXI, the public radio station in Rochester, New York. Nine-minute version    Twenty-minute version

Digital collection: Duke Univ., The Classical String Quartet
The Classical String Quartet, 1770-1840, presents images of parts for about 40 collections of quartets, including considerable material never available in modern edition or in facsimile. The sets are conveniently presented as pdfs of about 11 to 80 MBs in size. (Thanks to Tom Moore for this news)

Minsk to host Modern Musicology in the World of Science Symposium
MINSK, 27 August (BelTA) – An international symposium, "Modern Musicology in the World of Science," will take place in Minsk 29 August-4 September.

AMS web site: new design now live
The AMS web site new design was launched today.

David Drew, d. 25 July 2009
"Mr. Drew was a music critic and musicologist who rescued the work of Kurt Weill from neglect and promoted him to his present position as an important 20th-century composer."

Kofi Agawu receives Frank Llewellyn Harrison Prize
The Society for Musicology in Ireland's Harrison Medal “recognizes musical scholarship of international distinction; it honours the highest musicological endeavour and salutes the leadership the candidate has exerted on the international musicological community.” AMS member Kofi Agawu teaches at Princeton University.

Kerry McCarthy on the Byrd Festival
Portland, Ore.'s, William Byrd Festival is in full swing-- this story features AMS member Kerry McCarthy.

Google Books and Creative Commons agree
[This agreement is good news for supporters of open access to scholarship.]

"Rightsholders who want to distribute their CC-licensed books more widely can choose to allow readers around the world to download, use, and share their work via Google Books.

"Creative Commons licenses make it easier for authors and publishers to tell readers whether and how they can use copyrighted books. You can grant your readers the right to share the work or to modify and remix it. You can decide whether commercial use is okay. There's even an option to dedicate your book to the public domain."


Hildegard of Bingen online: Wiesbaden Codex
The Wiesbaden Codex (also “Riesencodex“: giant codex, or “chain codex”), is the central legacy of Hildegard of Bingen. 481 fols.

"Riccardo" Wagner, the Mascot of Venice
Review by R. J. Stove of John W. Barker's Wagner and Venice (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2008; ISBN 978-1580462884) in the most recent Catholic Herald: "In evaluating Wagner's Venetian years, Barker has hit upon an area that even now remains under-explored, no doubt because Italian musicology in general is something of an academic Cinderella. The relevant sources have lain in Italian libraries for more than a century; but Barker is often the first writer, and almost always the first writer in English, to draw on them. As a consequence, myths which chronicler after chronicler have blithely and lazily repeated crumble to dust at Barker's archival touch."

More tributes to Michael Steinberg
Click above for the tribute at NPR (includes one of Michael's recordings: "Steinberg's Appreciation of the Symphony").

Click here for the obit at the New York Times by Anthony Tommasini.


American Classics on sale at Naxos
Naxos is currently discounting their entire American Classics series: over 300 albums of 20th and 21st century works by American composers. With the discount most download albums are $5.24. Over 150 classical labels are in the store, including Naive, Ondine, Naxos, DaCapo, Capriccio, Nimbus, and Delos.

Michael Steinberg, 1928-2009
AMS member Michael Steinberg died Sunday 26 July 2009. He was 80. The SF Chronicle obit (linked above) is by Joshua Kosman.

Michael Long on the cinema of Michael Jackson
"Beautiful Monster: The Cinema of Michael Jackson"-- at the U. Cal Press blog.

Aug. 2009 AMS Newsletter now available
See the new Newsletter for lots of information on AMS Philadelphia 2009, including the preliminary program; and also for AMS Indianapolis 2010 calls for papers and performances.

Jose Bowen on teaching without machines, in this week's Chronicle
AMS member José A. Bowen, dean at Southern Methodist University, got a write-up in this week's Chronicle regarding his proposal to teach without machines:

"More than anything else, Mr. Bowen wants to discourage professors from using PowerPoint, because they often lean on the slide-display program as a crutch rather than using it as a creative tool. Class time should be reserved for discussion, he contends, especially now that students can download lectures online and find libraries of information on the Web. When students reflect on their college years later in life, they're going to remember challenging debates and talks with their professors. Lively interactions are what teaching is all about, he says, but those give-and-takes are discouraged by preset collections of slides."


Podcast: Eastman Musicologist Ralph P. Locke about the Problems and Delights of Musical Exoticism
Ralph P. Locke was interviewed by the Rochester public-radio station WXXI-FM. Discussion centered on his new book Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge University Press). Seven-minute edited version Full 25-minute version

International Summer School in Systematic, Comparative and Cognitive Musicology
"The International Summer School in Systematic, Comparative and Cognitive Musicology (ISSSCCM) will take place in Jyväskylä, starting on the 5th of August. The theme of the summer school is Music in Context - Cognition, Embodiment & Culture..."

Report from the E-Science for Musicology Conference
The Edinborough conference E-Science for musicology ended last week, and has posted a summary of presentations by Richard Lewis (organizer), David Bretherton, Frans Wiering, and Ichiro Fujinaga.

NEA survey: attendance at art & culture events by college grads is down across the board
Story from Inside Higher Ed., pointing to the NEA survey released 15 June 2009: "Americans who are college educated remain more likely than other Americans to participate in the arts, according to a survey released Monday by the National Endowment for the Arts. But the survey -- conducted periodically by the agency -- finds significant declines in the percentages of college-educated Americans who reported that they had attended arts related events. Compared to the NEA's 1982 survey, the steepest decline was in ballet, which that year was seen by 11.0 percent of college-educated adults, but in 2008 was seen by only 6.3 percent. Declines were seen in every type of art considered: jazz (from 19.4 percent to 14.9 percent); classical music (33.1 percent to 20.1 percent); opera (8.0 percent to 5.2 percent); musicals (40.5 percent to 32.7 percent); non-musical plays (30.2 percent to 19.8 percent); and art museums (49.2 percent to 44.5 percent)."

Now available: Joan Retallack's lecture "John Cage's Anarchic Harmony"
Lecture given at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 22 April 2009 (MP3, 55 minutes). See for more info (scroll to the bottom).

UC Berkeley establishes Philip Brett Fund for LGBT studies
"Berkeley has just launched the Philip Brett LGBT Fund, the campus's first fellowship endowment designed to support LGBT-related research by graduate students studying in any field..."

International Library of African Music at Rhodes University goes digital
"AN AMBITIOUS Eastern Cape project to digitise indigenous African music dating back to the 1930s is helping to introduce rare traditional tunes to a new generation..."

Culture.Hu: Musicology Institute Opens Haydn Exhibition
"The Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Musicology on Tuesday 9 June 2009 opened an exhibition called Joseph Haydn and Hungary in the newly renovated spaces of its Music History Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the composer who spent some of his best years as a musician in the court of the noble Hungarian Esterházy family..."

Steven Plank wins Binkley Award
AMS member Steven Plank receives Early Music Association award "in honor of his outstanding achievements in performance and scholarship as director of the Collegium Musicum at Oberlin College."

Roger Scruton on musicology, the humanities, and the loss of critical judgment in higher education
"Criticism of [adolescents'] music by anybody who is outside the gang is offensive—an existential affront, which threatens their core experience of social membership. This attitude makes judgment all but impossible, and it is one reason why departments of musicology are now “into” pop music and Heavy Metal, and refrain from creating the impression among their students that they regard the Western canon as anything more than a piece of musical history..."

Jan Swafford at Slate: Why you should listen to Charles Ives
"The Symphony No. 4 is a work of universal religion, made from the concrete stuff of everyday American music and life but leaving our gaze turned upward..."

Obama nominates James Leach as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
"President Obama today said he would nominate former Republican congressman Jim Leach, who represented Iowa for 30 years, as the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"During his terms in the House of Representatives Leach founded and served as the co-chair of the Congressional Humanities Caucus..."


"33 Variations" Review in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gwen Orel: "In '33 Variations,' which just closed last weekend, Jane Fonda gave a solid performance and looked very glamorous for a fatally ill musicologist. If only her role were more interesting..."

Seven Centuries in Twenty-nine Seconds
Staff at NPR's "All Things Considered" recently invited Quire Cleveland’s president, Ross Duffin, to compose some trixies in an early-music style. Duffin composed six of them, ranging in style from 13th-century organum to Carl Orff’s well-known 1936 composition “Carmina Burana.” And he recruited the members of Quire Cleveland, as well as faculty of Case Western Reserve University’s Early Music Program, to record them. Here’s what he came up with...

Kyle Gann on how to write program notes
"A student, preparing for her senior recital, asked me how to write program notes, and I knew just what to tell her. I'll pass on my recipe..."

Bruce Phillips on Nigel Fortune and Vernon Handley
AMS member Bruce Phillips writes about the confluence of memorial services for Nigel Fortune and Vernon Handley on May 1st. (Includes links to obituaries.)

Africa: Jazz ( story)
Gwen Ansell writes, "When an African nation reflects America in its music, there's often puzzlement or anger that "authenticity" has been squeezed out by an alien modernism, and in the scholarly establishment here, the assertion of nationalism is usually assumed to entail the rejection of these "foreign" sounds.

"Recent studies in musicology have suggested a different analysis. As US scholar Ingrid Monson and others have noted, what's going on may not be copying in any crude sense, but the very African technique of signification..."


Ralph Locke on "Wagner's Durable Ring Cycle"
In From beyond the Stave (the music-book blog of publishing house Boydell and Brewer), AMS member Ralph Locke discusses the ongoing significance of the Ring Cycle. This article was occasioned by the new Los Angeles Opera's multi-year Ring project and upcoming festival.

Developments in forensic musicology
This story describes how general listener observations re similarities in music tunes is affecting the legal scene re copyright infringement of pop songs.

Alex Ross on Yale Baroque Opera Project: Cavalli, Giasone
AMS members Ellen Rosand (director of YBOP) and Wendy Heller are quoted in this New Yorker article. See Alex Ross's blog for links to Youtube recordings.

Britten Thematic Catalogue
Online-only thematic catalogue currently in progress. (Thanks to Bob Kosofsky for his Twitter alert!)

AMS Election Results
Elected: Anne Walters Robertson, President; Pamela F. Starr, Secretary; Anna Maria Busse Berger, Susan Cook, and Lloyd Whitesell, Directors-at-Large.

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music presents Wagner & Cinema Festival June 2009
"The festival features a series of free lectures, performances and presentations that explore the relationship between film and the titanic masterworks of German composer Richard Wagner. CCM faculty will be joined by guest experts from academia, filmmaking, the national media and the professional performing arts."

Elizabeth Bergman on the New York Mahler cycle
All the Mahler symphonies, now through May 17. AMS member Elizabeth Bergman wrote this piece on the Mahlers in New York for Playbill.

Katherine Bergeron, "The Dean of Song"
Katherine Bergeron, AMS member and Dean at Brown University, together with her husband and class, created a two-disk original album as a means to help students think critically. After the above link expires (5 June) the restricted-access but long-term link is

Music and Torture in this week's Chronicle Review
Lara Pelligrinelli: "Discord: The Politics of Music in the War on Terrorism" [with quotations from a number of AMS members]:

Ilias Chrissochoidis: "Composed in Hyprocrisy: Music, Torture, and the Drama of American Musicology" [author is an AMS member]:

[both above links give free access till 1 June. After that, see]



National Humanities Center names two musicologists as fellows 2009-10
From the NHC announcement:

Katherine K. Preston (Musicology, College of William and Mary), Against the Grain: Women Managers and English Opera in Late Nineteenth-Century America (William J. Bouwsma Fellowship)

 Richard James Will (Musicology, University of Virginia), Mozart Live: Performance, Media, and Reinvention in Classical Music (ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship)



Sana Pederson's new review at H-Net of Susan Youens, "Heinrich Henie and the Lied"
Online-only review of of Youens's 2007 book, ISBN 978-0-521-82374-6.

AMS 2009 Directory currently in the mail
The AMS Directory is now in the hands of the USPS and should reach members soon.

JAMS 62/1 now available
Link to the online version. The print version is being processed at the mailers now.

Jeffrey Magee's Library of Congress Lecture now available as webcast
Topic: "Now It Can Be Told: The Unknown Irving Berlin". Includes musical excerpts that were performed live at the lecture.

AMS at
The AMS has set up an Amazon store -- see award winners and subvention recipients here.

AMS members receive Society for American Music Lowens Memorial Book Award
Denise Von Glahn and Michael Broyles of The Florida State University College of Music received the SAM "best book" prize for "Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices" (Indiana University Press, 2007),

AMS members receive Guggenheim Fellowships
Thomas Brothers (Duke University), Ingrid Monson (Harvard University), and Alexander Rehding (Harvard University) were among Guggenheim Fellowship recipients announced today.

"33 Variations" in The New Yorker
William Kinderman and Katherine Syers were interviewed for this New Yorker "Talk of the Town" piece on "33 Variations."

More reviews of "33 Variations"
Reviews appeared today in the Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times.

Moises Kaufman's play "33 Variations" Opens on Broadway
The main character of the play, portayed by Jane Fonda, is a musicologist working on Beethoven'ts Diabelli Variations. See the Feb. 2009 AMS Newsletter, p. 19 for more background. See the NYTimes web site for a video interview with Moises Kaufman and Jane Fonda. See also the review at ArtsJournal.  See also the article "Musicology on the Broadway Stage" at Live on Music by Anthony Tommasini.

Leonard Bernstein's Workroom acquired by Indiana University
"Leonard Bernstein’s children have donated the carefully preserved contents of his main composing studio to Indiana University, which has promised to recreate the space..."

Florida State University: online world music course and NCAA scandal
Exams for the online course "Music Cultures of the World–Music of Tribal and Folk Culture" were improperly taken by over sixty students involved in ten NCAA sports at FSU in 2006 and 2007. The NCAA has ordered forfeits and suspension as a result.

Iakovos Nafpliotis recordings of Byzantine music now available
ISTANBUL - The legendary name in Byzantine religious music, Iakovos Nafpliotis’ 60 priceless gramophone records, released by Orfeon-Oden music company in 1914, have been found and collected by Kalan Music for the first time 90 years later.

First Audio Music Library guarantees eternity of San’ani music
"Mohammed Barakat, a musicology professor at [Yemen's] Sana’a University, found it difficult to collect accurate data for his musicological research concerning Sana’ani songs. He was unable to find enough documents to support his research and discovered that many references had been lost. However, this problem would have come to an end as soon as he knew that the Musical Audio Library was launched at the Cultural Center in Sana’a last Monday..."

Southern Miss to offer free music appreciation class
The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music offers a free weekly music appreciation class to the general public beginning Wednesday.

The course is designed for beginners, seasoned concert-goers, and everyone in between who desires to listen more critically. Directing the course is Southern Miss professor of musicology [and AMS member] Edward Hafer. Graduate students in the field of musicology will assist in teaching course subjects.


Ralph P. Locke on Los Angeles Opera's Ring Cycle
AMS member Ralph P. Locke addresses the impact of Wagner's theories and operatic output on subsequent composers, including those who wrote film scores.

Florence Price, Symphonies 1 & 3, Now Available
This volume, edited by Rae Linda Brown, is the latest in the AMS series Music of the United States of America. AMS members may purchase the volume at at 25% discount through A-R Editions.

Elaine Sisman on Blanning, "The Triumph of Music"
"Tim Blanning is a distinguished British historian who has been writing about the principal transformations in 18th-century European politics and culture for nearly 35 years. This book gathers the strands of his previous observations about the changing role of the arts in European society of that era, scattered over several books and especially significant in his 2002 The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture. He then amplifies them, bringing the historical narrative up to the present, to argue that music has 'triumphed' above all the arts...."

SoundSCAPE, 14-26 July 2009
AMS member Judith Lochhead is resident musicologist at this year's soundSCAPE (new music festival) in Pavia.

Newly found Mozart score to get French performance
"A newly found score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is to get its first public performance next Thursday in western France, where it lay undiscovered in a library archive for over a century...."

The Top One Hundred Musicology Blogs
"The list is broken down into the categories of Musicology, Academics & Education, Technology, Music History, Music Present & Future, Music Industry, Musicians, Classical, Opera & Orchestra, Culture, and Musical Analysis..."

Alec Baldwin Joins NY Phil
"The Golden Globe winner was signed up this week as the presenter of the New York Philharmonic's weekly broadcasts, injecting a welcome dose of A-list glamour to the NY Phil's venerable concert series..."

Music Searches of US RISM Data via Themefinder Now Available
The Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities at Stanford University has added all data belonging to the US RISM Project at Harvard University to Themefinder, its online music incipit search application.

Questions about the newly-available data may be directed to Sarah Adams (sjadams at or Eleanor Selfridge-Field (esfield at


New York Times: Listening to Schroeder: ‘Peanuts’ Scholars Find Messages in Cartoon’s Scores
by April Dembosky: "Musicologists and art curators have learned that there was much more than a punch line to Charles Schulz's invocation of Beethoven’s music. 'If you don’t read music and you can't identify the music in the strips, then you lose out on some of the meaning,' said [AMS member] William Meredith, the director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, who has studied hundreds of Beethoven-themed 'Peanuts' strips..."

Canadian Music Centre: CentreStreams, access to Canadian Classical Music
Web site "designed to provide music enthusiasts across Canada (and abroad) with online streaming access to a catalog of over 8,000 contemporary classical works by Canadian composers."

Vanderbilt Univ. course: "Stealing in Music City, USA"
Taught by music librarians concerned about music file sharing. The final project is available at Youtube.

The Nation: David Schiff on Gayle Sherwood Magee, Ives Reconsidered
"Magee's book is a model of contemporary musicology, sympathetically sober in its judgments and interdisciplinary in its methods...."

Youtube symphony: classical music at youtube
Youtube has commissined Tan Dun to work on this internet symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct a live performance in April 2009. (Thanks to Maureen Buja for drawing attn to this!)

Musicological resources in Kolkata (India) now available online
Taylor & Francis publishers are setting up a digital library in Kolkata to include "5 million pages of rare study material for students of South Asia," including musicology materials.

George Lewis in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education
AMS member (and Cultural Diversity Committee co-chair) George E. Lewis (Columbia University) is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, issue dated 14 November 2008: "George E. Lewis believes that an opportunity for a fresh understanding of jazz-related experimentalism emerged in the 1990s, with a new kind of writing about music that took its lead from cultural and literary studies..."

Electroacoustic Music Studies Asia Network
An email mailing list has been set up as an outcome of the CEMC/EMSAN Day in Beijing. It will be a link between researchers interested in electroacoustic music in East Asia.

Wye Jamison Allanbrook and Alexander Silbiger receive Mellon Grants
AMS honorary member Wye Jamison Allanbrook and AMS member Alexander Silbiger were among those recently awarded Emeritus Fellowships from theAndrew W. Mellon Foundation.

AMS Awards, Nashville 2008
See the list of honorary and corresponding members, and book, article, performance, and other awards presented in Nashville, 8 November 2008.

ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards 2008
AMS members were honored in the 41st annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award announcements as follows:
  • bruce d. mcclung for Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical, published by Oxford University PressHoward Pollack for George Gershwin: His Life and Works, published by University of California Press (also an AMS subvention recipient)
  • Laurie Stras for her article, "White Face, Black Voice: Race, Gender, and Region in the Music of Boswell Sisters," published by the Journal of the Society for American Music


    Berta Joncus on Bach's Violin Partitas
    AMS member Berta Joncus on "CD Review (building a library)," BBC Radio 3, discussing the recordings available for the violin partitas of Bach. Audio playback of the recording available only Oct. 18 to 26 (recommendations will remain at the BBC 3 Web site as static text). Begins at the 31-minute mark of this 3 1/2-hr broadcast.

    Anna Magdalena Bach: composer of the cello suites?
    Associate Professor Martin Jarvis of Charles Darwin University is set to present the provocative theory to the international forensic science community at the International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences in Melbourne...

    Roberta Freund-Schwartz receives 2008 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research
    Schwartz, associate professor of musicology at the University of Kansas, recently received the 2008 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for her book about the transmission of American blues to the United Kingdom in the 1960s...

    AMS member Anne Walters Robertson Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    CAMBRIDGE, MA - Anne Robertson, Clare Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony here on Saturday, October 11. The program to officially welcome the Academy's the 228th class of Fellows celebrates cutting edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment and exemplary service to society.

    New Mozart piece of music found in French library
    "A French museum has found a previously unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart, a researcher [Ulrich Leisinger] said Thursday. The 18th century melody sketch is missing the harmony and instrumentation but was described as an important find..." [Thanks to James Parsons for sending this item]

    Puccini Conference at National Taiwan Normal University
    "That an academic conference on the operas of Puccini should take place in Taipei might at first sight seem unlikely...."

    Gene Anderson wins Best Research in Recorded Jazz
    Gene Anderson's The Original Hot Five Recordings of Louis Armstrong, the latest title in the CMS Sourcebooks in American Music series published by Pendragon Press, is a winner in the category Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music of the 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The goal of the ARSC Awards program is to recognize and draw attention to the finest work now being published in the field of recorded sound research. More details about ARSC, its awards, and conference may be found on the ARSC website (see link on title). More details about Anderson’s book can be found at on the Pendragon Press website,

    World premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet
    The restoration of the original 1935 version of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet with happy ending was premiered at the Bard Festival 4 July 2008, and will be touring over the next year. The restoration is the work of musicologist Simon Morrison (Princeton University).

    A Musical Google?
    "Music technology is already well on the way to future applications, like a "musical Google" in which the user can retrieve music files from the Internet simply by humming a melody or providing an audio sample..."

    Philip Gossett on Rossini's Figaro
    "Local interest" story in the Lower Hudson Journal News, in conjunction with the July 18 opening of Figaro at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah NY.

    Musicology in Nature
    Over the last two months, Nature has published a series of essays about the latest scientific research into music, and now that the series is complete, it has been made available as a free PDF...

    Musicology at High Point University
    "Not everyone is thrilled to hear Brahms and Beethoven on the way to class, but President Nido R. Qubein thinks it is important to expose students to a little high culture. He does, however, make a concession to their musical tastes. 'On the weekends,' he says, 'we funk it up.'..."

    Linda Fairtile's Reconstructed Puccini Opera
    On June 25, AMS member Linda Fairtile was in the audience at the Torino, Italy, opera house for the first modern performance of Puccini's “Edgar” in its original form, the result of her extensive work recreating the piece.

    Alex Ross on Suzanne Cusick's JSAM article on music in detention camps
    Alex Ross (music critic of the New Yorker and author of the The Rest is Noise) discussed Suzanne Cusick's article "'You are in a place that is out of this world...': Music in the Detention Camps of the 'Global War on Terror'" (Journal of the Society for American Music 2/1) in the 29 May 2008 edition of the The New Yorker’s blog.

    Muzio Clementi's Opera Omnia, an Italian National Edition
    On 20 March 2008, the Opera Omnia of Muzio Clementi was promoted by Italian ministerial decree to the status of National Edition. See the web site for details on the editorial board, volumes that will appear soon, and the parallel series of books (Quaderni) relating to Clementi's life, work, and times. The first volume, Clementi's correspondence (ed. David Rowland) is scheduled to be published later this year.

    Franz Liszt and musical life today: video interview with musicologist Ralph Locke ("the orchestra musician forum") has just uploaded a 45-minute video interview with musicologist Ralph Locke.
    Locke, in discussion with music critic Greg Sandow, explores Franz Liszt's little-known eight proposals (1835) for improving musical life in the Paris of his day.  He also offers suggestions about ways in which musicology can enrich a listener's understanding of music today and can help keep classical-music performance vital.
    Summaries of the video's segments are printed below the video, so the user can choose which ones to "jump" to.  The publications by Locke that are being discussed are also cited on-screen for users who may wish to read further.


    Hugh McElrath, 1922-2008
    Hugh T. McElrath, longtime music professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died May 8 at his winter home in Penney Farms, Fla....

    World Armenian Congress announces musicology competition
    Topic: "New prospects of the development of Armenian Musicology". Prize: $15,000.

    Mary Berry, 1917-2008
    Mary Berry, highly influential in reviving Gregorian Chant, died 1 May 2008, anged 90.

    Carolyn Abbate Joins University of Pennsylvania Faculty as Professor of Music
    Carolyn Abbate, who ranks among the world’s foremost musicologists, has been appointed the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1...

    National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2008-09
    Two recipients are oriented to musicological topics:

    Laurent Marc Dubois (History, Duke University), The Banjo: A Cultural History (Duke Endowment Fellowship)

    Christian Thorau (Musicology, University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt), Guided Listening and the Touristic Gaze-The Emergence of 'Musical Baedekers' (William J. Bouwsma Fellowship)


    Philip Gossett receives award for Divas & Scholars
    At the University of Chicago Press’ annual award ceremony on Thursday, April 24, President Zimmer presented the 2008 Gordon J. Laing Prize to Philip Gossett for his 2006 book, Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera. Gossett’s book has been widely lauded for its dazzling account of how opera comes to the stage.

    Hofstra establishes endowed chair in Sikh musical traditions
    Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – President Stuart Rabinowitz today announced the creation of an endowed chair in the Department of Religion for the study and teaching of Sikh musical traditions.

    Cleveland Johnson Appointed Director of Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program
    Musicologist Cleveland T. Johnson, professor of music and past dean of the DePauw University School of Music, has been appointed director of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program...

    Milos Velimirovic, 1922-2008
    Milos Milorad Velimirovic died at the age of 85 on Friday April 18, 2008, in Bridgewater, Virginia. He taught history of music courses with a specialization in Byzantine Musicology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 1973 until 1993.

    Musicology Dept. at Punjab University threatened by Islamic activists
    "The Punjab University's (PU) Department of Musicology in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council has arranged a musical performance to be held on Monday 4/21... The PU Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists denounced the PU administration for holding the event. They said, 'Musical education is against Islam and we will not allow anyone to hold such activities on campus.'"

    International Association for Jazz Education declares bankruptcy
    The IAJE Board has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law.

    Claremont's Fiske Museum of musical instruments sold
    "The museum had limited visiting hours at its home in the windowless basement of Bridges Auditorium for three decades, and then it closed altogether 16 months ago, partly because of a lack of upkeep funds. Now, almost the entire batch -- harpsichords, pianos, clarinets, banjos and cymbals -- will leave its home in Claremont and be sold for an undisclosed price to a music museum under construction in Arizona."

    Victor Coelho on what's wrong with undergraduate education
    Victor Coelho, AMS member and associate provost at Boston University, on at today's "Constructing the New Humanist in Undergraduate Education" conference.

    Society for American Music Award Announcements
    SAM has announced its annual awards, several of which went to AMS members:

    Irving Lowens Book Award: Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo), Presence and Pleasure: The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament (Wesleyan University Press)

    Irving Lowens Article Award: AMS member Leta E. Miller (University of California Santa Cruz), “Henry Cowell and John Cage: Intersections and Influences, 1933-1941,” Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 59, No. 1

    Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award: AMS member Drew Davies,“The Italianized Frontier: Music at Durango Cathedral, Español Culture, and Aesthetics of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century New Spain” (University of Chicago)

    Mark Tucker Award for Outstanding Conference Paper: AMS member Loren Kajikawa (UCLA), “Eminem’s ‘My Name Is’: Signifyin(g) Whiteness, Rearticulating Race.”

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill C. Malone

    Honorary Members: Riders In The Sky



    Peter Burkholder receives IU Multicultural Understanding Award
    The Indiana University Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) will honor five individuals, including musicologist J. Peter Burkholder.

    Malena Kuss launches new book
    Argentine researcher Malena Kuss of the International Musicological Society Board of Directors will launch the second volume of a historic encyclopedia about Latin American and Caribbean music in Havana on April 18...

    Musicology colloquia in Havana
    Researcher Evguenia Roubina, Founding Member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Art, Technology and Humanities will give a lecture on Tuesday on new sources of study of orchestral new-Hispanic music...

    Taruskin on Stravinsky's Songs
    "General Interest" article in the NY Times 13/4/2008, with ref. to performance of the complete songs at the Morgan Library Thursday 17 April 2008.

    Top 50 Classical Music Blogs
    Courtesy of This provides a good list of classical music blogs, whether or not you care about the rankings!

    Marianne Kielian-Gilbert receives IU Distinguished Scholar Award
    Indiana University Office of Women's Affairs: The Distinguished Scholar Award goes to an outstanding scholar whose work involves efforts to enhance women's lives through research, teaching or service...

    Inventoriana: Digital Manuscripts
    An innovative, Web-based tool called Inventoriana is enabling scholars to collaborate on indexing and annotating digital library materials, such as liturgical manuscripts, with exciting results. Harvard medievalists have embraced the software, and it was recently used in a seminar on Ambrosian chant taught by Professor Tom Kelly. It was created by AMS member Drew Massey.

    Thailand's First Music School
    Mahidol University. "The College of Music originated from a master's degree programme in cultural studies with the emphasis on music, which was offered by the university in 1989. Three years later, the programme was expanded, and the degree renamed 'Master of Arts in Music, concentrating on Music Education and Musicology'."

    Ruth Solie at the University of Illinois
    Friday April 4, 2008, 4 p.m., Memorial Room, Smith Hall: "How to Read Tropes of Gender: Victorian Manliness."

    The hopes and glories of Edward Elgar
    How historians, philosophers, modernists, musicologists - and musicians - have celebrated Elgar's work, by Hugh Wood (review of Byron Adams, ed., Edward Elgar and Hist World, TLS, 3/19/08)

    Tristan und Isolde live via satellite Saturday 22 March
    Metropolitan Opera will broadcast Tristan und Isolde live via satellite to 500 theaters in America Saturday 22 March at 12:30 pm.

    Deborah Voigt, Isolde; Robert Dean Smith, Tristan. James Levine, conducting.


    UT Austin School of Music receives $55-million gift
    Endowment goes from $33 m to $88 m -- increased student fellowships a major goal.

    NEH grants and awards announced
    On March 10 the NEH announced the latest grants and awards. They included the following of musicological interest: University of California, Santa Barbara $350,000 Project Director: M. Patricia Fumerton Project Title: Roxburghe Ballad Archive Description: Digitizing images of 1,500 17th-century English ballads held by the British Library, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads, and incorporating them into an electronic archive. University of Alaska, Fairbanks $50,000 Project Director: Siri Tuttle We the People Project Title: Minto Songs Description: The collection, digitization, organization, and archival storage, as well as dissemination among the Minto Athabascan community, of recorded performances of Alaskan Athabascan songs. RIPM Consortium Ltd. $35,0000 Project Director: H. Robert Cohen Project Title: Digitizing the Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale Archive of Music Periodicals, 1800 to 1950 Description: The online retrieval of the full texts of more than 500,000 scholarly articles on music from an online database that incorporates 89 journals in 13 languages and covers the period 1800 to 1950. St. Louis: Washington University $73,627 Project Director: Gerald Early We the People Project Title: Teaching Jazz as American Culture NC: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill $208,557 Project Director: Steven Weiss Project Title: Fiddles, Banjos and Mountain Music: Preserving Audio Collections of Southern Traditional Music Description: The transfer to digital format of 2,350 hours of analog audio recordings from seven collections held in the university's Southern Folklife Collection, which documents the history and culture of the region through music and oral history. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill $6,000 [Summer Stipends] Project Director: Annegret Fauser We the People Project Title: Symphonies of War: Music in America during World War II

    Getty Research Institute seeks feedback on Bibliography of the History of Art
    The Getty Research Institute is conducting a survey of users and potential users of the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). We are interested in the widest possible dissemination of this survey and we thank you in advance for your participation. The survey is online only and you can connect to it at this link:

    We invite you to complete the survey by March 27. Your responses are very valuable to us. If you have questions or comments you may contact BHA at

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    Alex Ross wins National Book Critics Circle Award
    On March 7, New Yorker critic Alex Ross's book The Rest is Noise (2007) received the NBCC award for criticism.

    AMS South-Central Chapter Meeting Includes Frank Zappa Talk, Concert
    The University of Kentucky John Jacob Niles Center for American Music will host the 2008 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS) South-Central Chapter March 14-15, on the UK campus. The highlight of the two-day event will be a keynote address by Gail Zappa, wife of the late music legend Frank Zappa, and a free public concert of music by or that inspired Zappa performed by UK students and alumni. Zappa's presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the Singletary for the Arts Concert Hall. Both are free and open to the public.

    Julia Shinnick on the role of violence in music
    Julia Shinnick, professor of musicology at the University of Louisville, discussed the role of violence in music Friday in her guest lecture, "Music: Temenos or Instrument of Violence? Medieval Song, Sacrifice, Scapegoating and the 'Mimetic Theory' of Rene Girard"...

    Fred Maus presents guest lecture at Johns Hopkins University
    Wed., March 5, 4:30 p.m. "Music and Trauma," a Peabody Musicology colloquium with Fred Maus, University of Virginia. 308 Conservatory. Peabody

    Baylor Hosts Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship
    Baylor University's School of Music is hosting the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship, an event designed to explore the connection between music and faith, Friday, Feb. 29 through Saturday, March 1, at Armstrong Browning Library...

    Panel discusses political origins of Cold War music
    Postwar Politics and Music Panel at IU ArtsWeek, Jacobs School of Music.

    Music Department to Host Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology
    Being home to one of the oldest ethnomusicology programs in the country, it was only fitting that Wesleyan host the 53rd annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Oct. 25-28.

    Eastman Studies in Music celebrates Ralph Locke's fiftieth book in the series
    The series has reached fifty volumes under Ralph Locke, series editor.

    CSI: Beethoven, with Bill Meredith
    Inspired by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop's own fascination with television's hit series CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and the overarching Beethoven theme of the 2007/2008 season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present a two-night CSI: Beethoven event, Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall....

    Symposium, Post-War Politics and Musics
    Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m., IU Bloomington. A symposium on the relationship between musical culture and Post-World-War II politics. Participants and topics: 1) Eric Drott (University of Texas, Austin): "Music and May '68 in France"; 2) Bruce Durazzi (Washington University, St. Louis): "Two 'Committed' Cantatas: Luigi Nono and the Idea of Political Composition"; 3) Phil Ford (Indiana University): "Asymmetrical Consciousness: The Hipster Dialectic of Style and Politics"; 4) Peter Schmelz (Washington University, St. Louis): "Alfred Schnittke's Nagasaki and Soviet Cold War Cultural Politics"

    Op-ed: Do those who conduct "classical music outreach" really understand whom they're trying to reach?
    Classical music organizations are eagerly doing outreach and education... But they don't ask what the world outside is like. They don't ask about the people they're trying to reach. Who are these people? What culture - what tastes, interests, commitments, longings - do they already have?... (Greg Sandow, 2/22/08)

    Anne Walters Robertson, William Kinderman to speak at UNT, Denton TX
    March 3, 4 p.m.: Anne W. Robertson, "The Seven Deadly Sins in Medieval Music." March 12, 4 p.m.: William Kinderman, "Schumann, Beethoven and the Distant Beloved."

    Vietnamese instrument collection at U. Mich
    VietNamNet Bridge -- Vietnamese-American researcher Nguyen Thuyet Phong has determined that 15 of the century-old musical instruments possessed by Michigan University's Steams Collection of Musical Instruments were Vietnamese. (2/20/08)

    Rae Linda Brown appointed VP of Undergrads, LMU
    Musicologist Rae Linda Brown is appointed Vice President of Undergraduates at Loyola Marymount University (1/31/08)

    Musicology department established at the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture
    LAHORE: The Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAAC) is ready with full steam to launch its Musicology Department to revive traditional music... By Ali Usman

    Musicology: the scene in Israel
    "With medieval manuscripts forgotten, musicology goes into in drug rehab..." Story about the musicology departments in Israel, Friday, 25 Jan, 2008

    The RSS feed for Musicology in the News was implemented 16 February 2008. News items appearing on the AMS "News" page prior to that date appear below.


    January 20, 2008: New York Times: Settling Old Scores by Beethoven, by Michael White, on Barry Cooper's new edition of the Beethoven piano sonatas.

    January 11, 2008, Chronicle of Higher Education: New World Symphony and Discord, by AMS member Joseph Horowitz

    Liszt   January 8, 2008, New York Times: Bernard Holland on Kenneth Hamilton's book supported by an AMS publication subvention: "Concertgoers, Please Clap, Talk or Shout at Any Time".

    December 29, 2007 : AMS Corresponding Member and Past President Margaret Bent has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to musicology. Her research centres on English, French and Italian music of the 14th to 16th centuries. She co-directs the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music.

    Rosen-Carter   December 9, 2007: New York Times: An Old Master Still in Development, on Elliott Carter, by Charles Rosen.

    December 2, 2007: New York Times: Adding Notes to a Folklorist’s Tunes, by Bill Friskics-Warren, on the release of "Recording Black Culture" (Spring Fed Records, 2007, ASIN B000VPB6Q6) including musicological fieldwork of folklorist John Work III.

    November 25, 2007: New York Times: Hard to Be and Audiophile in an iPod World, by Anthony Tommasini (including comments from Mark Katz, whose book Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music, University of California Press, 2004 (ISBN 0520243803) was published with support from the AMS).

    NYT PhotoTyler Hicks/The New York Times

      November 18, 2007: New York Times: But Soft! Less Woe for Juliet and Her Romeo (on Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and discoveries by AMS member Simon Morrison together with performances by AMS member Leon Botstein)

    September 17, 2007: The New Yorker, “Fantasia for Piano: Joyce Hatto's Incredible Career” by Mark Singer details the unraveling of the “Joyce Hatto” recordings (of “the world’s greatest pianist”). It highlights the work of Nicholas Cook and Craig Sapp, as well as the accidental discoveries of miscellaneous ipod users on two continents.

    April 23, 2007: New York Times: Hallelujah Indeed: Debating Handel’s Anti-Semitism, by James Oestreich. "A panel discussion on anti-Semitism in Handel’s “Messiah” was relatively restrained..."

    October 5, 2006: NPR: Uncovering the 'True' History of the Funerary Violin: "A forthcoming book traces the lost history of a musical genre too good to be true..."

    September 28, 2006: New York Times: And the Orchestra Plays on, Echoing Iraq’s Struggles

    September 28, 2006: Chronicle of Higher Education: Studying Rock's Clean, Mean Movement (anti-drug/alcohol punk genres)

    September 27, 2006: New York Times: Opera Canceled Over a Depiction of Muhammad

    September 4, 2006: Balzan Foundation awards 1 million Swiss Francs to AMS Corresponding Member Ludwig Finscher

    September 1, 2006: Chronicle of Higher Education: How Colleges Can Encourage Female Composers, by [AMS member] Eileen Strempel:

    August 27, 2006: Portland Press Herald, Bowdoin hires a dean and reaps a bonus of note to the music world, by Bob Keyes.

    August 22, 2006: Portland Press Herald, Musicology Group Moves to Bowdoin, by Dennis Hoey.

    June 6, 2006: British Library acquires My Ladye Nevells Booke:

    New York Times, May 28, 2006: "Check the Numbers: Rumors of Classical Music's Demise Are Dead Wrong," By Allan Kozinn: "For all the hand-wringing, there is immensely more classical music on offer now, both in concerts and on recordings than there was in what nostalgists think of as the golden era of classics in America..."


    October 13, 2005: The New York Times: A Historic Discovery, in Beethoven's Own Hand, by Daniel J. Wakin (on the four-hand version of the Grosse Fuge recently found at Palmer Theological Seminary, outside Philadelphia).

    August 6, 2005: Lectures on "Music and Money in Early Modern Europe" by AMS member John Kmetz reach 160,000 readers in the Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

    June 27, 2005: THE U.S. SUPREME COURT ruled unanimously this morning that commercial producers of file-sharing software may be sued for copyright infringement. The services are popular with college students who use them to download songs and movies, usually in violation of copyright law.

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    June 12, 2005: New York Times: "Enter Boris Goudenow, Just 295 Years Late," By Richard Taruskin: "Mattheson's opera, 150 years older than Mussorgsky's, will have its world premiere at last..."

    June 7, 2005: The Guardian: Beethoven was a narcissistic hooligan, by Dylan Evans: With Beethoven, music did not grow up, it regressed to adolescence. He was a hooligan who could reduce Schiller's Ode to Joy to madness, bloodlust, and megalomania...,11710,1500951,00.html

    June 6, 2005: AMS member Mark Katz's book Capturing Sound, supported in part by a subvention from the AMS, received a write-up in the New Yorker...:

    June 3, 2005: NPR story: Barenaked Ladies compose music for a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at the Stratford Festival.  by Celeste Headlee (AMS member Richard Rischar participates) ...

    May 20, 2005: The Guardian interviews Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau : It is not good to be 80. I did not like being 70, and I like being 80 even less. It is the start of the final episode...,12102,1487391,00.html

    May 20, 2005: Sawkins v Hyperion: Ruling in favor of Sawkins: Hyperion's view:

    February 2, 2005: New York Times: "Restoring Comrade Roslavets," by Richard Taruskin: "A second hearing for Nikolai Andreyevich Roslavets, a devoted Stalinist turned into a nonperson by Stalin and later scorned by music critics..."

    December 19, 2004: New York Times: "A History of Western Music? Well, It's a Long Story," James Oestreich interviews Richard Taruskin on his Oxford History of Western Music

    The New York Times, December 15, 2004: "Beethoven by the Numbers": "The world's largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts and letters has gone digital. The Beethoven House in Bonn, his birthplace, has scanned more than 5,000 handwritten letters and manuscripts and posted many of them for access on its Web site ( The project, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication in Munich, cost more than $6 million and includes many documents newly available to the public, said a spokeswoman at the Beethoven House. The Web site, in English and German, also includes audio examples of some of Beethoven's works."

    The Denver Post, October 5, 2004: "Conducting America's score: Teacher who mentored icons like Glass, Copland to be feted at CU symposium," By Kyle MacMillan:

    "Aaron Copland. Philip Glass. Quincy Jones. Walter Piston. Virgil Thomson. These are just a few of the most celebrated names among the more than 130 American composers who studied with Nadia Boulanger and are listed in the prestigious New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians..."

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30, 2004: "From cathedral to computer, obscure Renaissance music," By David Patrick Stearns:

    "PRINCETON - While great cathedrals survive majestically from the 15th century into the 21st, most of the music heard within them has slept in libraries, and would continue to do so unless kissed back to life by an unlikely mechanical prince: a MIDI synthesizer. Hear it happen on your PC...."

    [Discussion of Rob Wegman's Renaissance Music web site,]

    The New Yorker, September 2, 2004: UNAUTHORIZED, The final betrayal of Dmitri Shostakovich, by Alex Ross: "There are few documented examples of the fake or forged autobiography, although the genre probably has a long, secret history.... "

    Chronicle of Higher Education, July 16, 2004: Silent Treatment: A copyright battle kills an anthology of essays about the composer Rebecca Clarke, by Richard Byrne:

    Philadelphia Inquirer, April 5, 2004: Well-traveled Bach: "Part of a lost composition by Johann Sebastian Bach has been found in Japan nearly eight decades after it went missing, a Japanese music professor said yesterday..."(scroll down the page)

    New York Times, March 15, 2004: MOZART BY ITS RIGHTFUL NAME: "A Mozart mystery has been solved at last. So says the musicologist Michael Lorenz, an expert on the Viennese music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries..."

    Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/20/04: From Harvard to Homeless to Ohio State [AMS member Graeme Boone]:

    New York Times, Feb. 4, 2004: photo, p. B9


    October 29, 2003: Elaine Sisman (Columbia University), AMS President-Elect, story in Columbia News:

    September 5, 2003: "Lyrical Writing About Music," re AMS member Beth Levy. By Sharon Walsh, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    July 27, 2003: New York Times: "Ezra Pound, Musical Crackpot," by Richard Taruskin. "There are times when -- listening to ''Ego Scriptor Cantilenae: The Music of Ezra Pound,'' a comprehensive sampling of the poet's little-known musical output -- one wants to shout: 'Pound! Pound! Write a poem!''"

    June 29, 2003: Orchestral Survival: It's Not Simply the Economy, Stupid, by James R. Oestreich (NYTimes): They were successive entries in's news summary one recent Thursday: "San Antonio Symphony Declaring Bankruptcy," "Oregon Symphony Musicians Take Pay Cut."...

    June 28, 2003: David Lewin: A Seeker of Music's Poetry in the Mathematical Realm, By Edward Rothstein (NYTimes): "'I am sorry now that I did not write an opera with her every year,' Virgil Thomson once wrote about Gertrude Stein. 'It had not occurred to me that both of us would not always be living.'..."

    June 20, 2003: The Case of the Mysterious Cornetist, by Peter Monaghan (Chronicle): Athens, W.Va.: From here, it's a long way to the jazz joints of New York and the art form's birthplaces, like New Orleans and Kansas City. Here at Concord College, on a damp, green ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, Gary Westbrook doesn't exactly resemble a ghost of Dixieland as he peers at a laptop computer. A sequence of contorted lines shudders across the screen. "It's all in the tone," he says...."

    June 15, 2003: Adventures in Downloading Haydn, by Anne Midgette (NY Times): "CLASSICAL music critics seldom get to feel that they're on track with a hip new product. So I came to iTunes with an extra sense of empowerment...."

    January 29, 2003: Record Industry Has No Plan to Seek Names of Students Trading Copyrighted Songs, by Andrea L. Foster: "In a case that campus-network administrators followed closely, the recording industry won an important legal victory last week that will help record companies ferret out music fans who illegally trade copyrighted material..."

    December 23, 2002: Beethoven Seen as Musician, Not Hero, By James R. Oestreich: "More than Bach, more than Mozart, more than Mahler, Beethoven remains central to our way of thinking about Western music..."

    December 15, 2002: Puccini Turns Respectable, By Gary Tomlinson: "Opera lovers continue to flock to Puccini, and opera companies bank on the fact..."

    December 15, 2002: 'White Christmas': An Anthem Frosted With Irony, by Bernard Holland: "The first impression of "White Christmas" is motion..."

    December 13, 2002: Eugene K. Wolf dead at age 63...

    December 8, 2002: Tchaikovsky: 'Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's ''Nutcracker'' will be performed on stages from small towns to the New York City Ballet this month -- and in ''literally hundreds of productions around the world,'' according to Jeffrey Milarsky, music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. That, along with the ''1812 Overture,'' ''Swan Lake'' and certain other works, means that Tchaikovsky, as Milarsky says, ''is played more than any composer.'' Yet where Milarsky and other members of the classical music establishment herald a revival of esteem for Tchaikovsky during recent years, Milton Babbitt, 86, a giant of the serialism movement in modern composing, has a problem with him...'

    October 16, 2002: Philip Brett dead at age 64... Memorial web site:

    October 11, 2002: Rooting for Truffles With Igor: Stravinsky scholarship blossoms despite a protective heir -- By Scott McLemee:

    October 10, 2002: Higher-Education Organizations Urge a Crackdown on Illegal File Sharing -- By Vincent Kiernan: "The leaders of six major higher-education organizations are asking the presidents of all American colleges to take steps to stop illegal distribution of copyrighted materials, such as songs and motion pictures, through college computer networks..."

    September 27, 2002: Can we find an Anthem for 9/11? -- By Martha Bayles: "In the last year, many popular musicians have tried to produce a song accessible to all ears, yet also able to resonate with the overwhelming emotions of September 11..."

    September 14, 2002: A Philosopher [Adorno] With New Disciples (in Music, Not Philosophy) -- By Edward Rothstein: In Thomas Mann's "Doctor Faustus," the music teacher Wendell Kretschmar plays Beethoven's Opus 111 piano sonata for his students...

    July 21, 2002: Odd duo against record labels - Michael Jackson, Al Sharpton -- By Jimi Izrael: Michael Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have joined forces to fight racism, and it's the greatest show on Earth. Not since Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie have Americans been so amused and disgusted at a coupling. Who cares what their gripe is? ...

    July 20, 2002: Alan Lomax, Who Raised Voice of Folk Music in U.S., Dies at 87...

    June 24, 2002: Music Made With Soda Cans and Soggy Hamburger -- By MATTHEW MIRAPAUL When the British musician Matthew Herbert performs as Radio Boy, he demolishes his instruments. But the debris from his theatrically violent concert contains neither guitar-string curlicues nor drumstick splinters....

    June 14, 2002: A Portrait of the Maestro, in His Own Words -- By JOHN ROCKWELL -- Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was the most-written-about conductor ever and deservedly so. Much of that writing has come from a coterie of admirers, men and women so overwhelmed by the force of his music-making and personality that they became devotees. Harvey Sachs is one of those devotees, having written two books already on the maestro. So it would be easy to dismiss this collection of largely personal letters as leftovers...

    June 13, 2002: A Hit Song Puts Ethnic Tensions at Center Stage -- By RACHEL L. SWARNS -- [D] URBAN, South Africa, June 10 — The lyrics pulse through this city's shabby townships, through the sidewalk vegetable stalls, leaving some listeners outraged while others shout out their approval. This year's most-talked-about song has sharply divided this ethnically diverse city...

    June 13, 2002: An International E-Competition Relies on the High-Tech [Yamaha] E-Piano -- By ANTHONY TOMMASINI -- Early this evening in St. Paul a panel of seven pianists will gather in the intimate Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University to judge the six young finalists in a new international piano competition. But in an unprecedented move, an eighth judge, Yefim Bronfman, with the highest profile among these pianists, will also be evaluating the finalists. From Hamamatsu, Japan. Where it will be early Friday morning...

    June 6, 2002: Professor [Jeffrey Kallberg] Recontructs Chopin Piece -- PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Feverishly ill and hallucinating, Frederic Chopin was staying on the island of Majorca in 1839 with his mistress, writer George Sand. It was raining, and he was trying to finish his preludes - 24 in all, one in each key... (perform search)

    June 4, 2002: Music's Open Secret -- Sexual harassment has long been a problem in music departments. Two cases at top public colleges draw attention to the issue...

    June 3, 2002: CD Becomes No. 1 Before Its Release -- The Eminem Show," the latest album from the rapper Eminem, made its debut last week and shot immediately to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. But what has recording industry officials concerned is how popular and widely distributed the album was before it was ever released...

    June 2, 2002: Some Questions Unsolved by Leonard Bernstein

    On a November evening in 1973, in the final moments of the sixth and last of his Norton Lectures at Harvard University, Leonard Bernstein offered what he described as a personal credo: a summation of his beliefs about music as he looked into the final quarter of the 20th century...

    June 2, 2002: Orchestras Repeat Well-Tried Formulas

    LORIN MAAZEL conducts the New York Philharmonic in Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony! Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony! Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony!...

    June 2, 2002: Stravinsky: Finding Religion in the Theater, Drama in the Church

    O ften called cold and inexpressive, Stravinsky's music can seem ill suited to the secular space and secular rituals of the concert hall. Its rightful homes may be sacred: the theater of the church and the church of the theater. Robert Craft's revelatory new recording of three of Stravinsky's choral monuments, the "Symphony of Psalms," "Les Noces" and "Threni" demonstrates that the theatrical and religious impulses, based on the willing suspension of disbelief, are at the core of Stravinsky's art...

    May 22, 2002: * THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS on Tuesday rejected proposed fees that radio broadcasters -- including those at colleges -- would pay for playing music online. Now James H. Billington, the librarian, has until June 20 to determine on his own what the fees should be. His decision Tuesday did not indicate whether he thought the proposed fees were too high or too low.

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