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Volume 6, Number 2,  May 2000
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Editor Sought: Perspectives of New Music

PERSPECTIVES OF NEW MUSIC seeks an Editor. We are looking for a person whose history, experience, knowledge, interests, and energies could sustain, vitalize, diversify, and expand the scope and the depth of this longstanding independent forum for contemporary creative musical thinking, a person who is enthusiastic about helping our readers explore the widest possible world of contemporary work in and around music. Traditionally, the position of Editor has been an unpaid one, overseeing a paid production staff and coordinating the efforts of a diverse international group of Associate Editors. We are flexible about arrangements and welcome any proposal for a solo editor, a group editorship, or an individual interested in participating in a group.

Those interested should communicate with 
John Rahn, Chair
Perspectives of New Music Search Committee
Music Box 353450
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-3450
(206) 543-2291

We will continue to accept proposals until the position is filled; proposals received before July 15th, 2000, will receive first consideration.

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Research Request: Biographical Information on Twentieth-Century Polish Composers

A group of editors under the leadership of Prof. Marek Podhajski is compiling a book on Polish composers 1918-2000 (including emigres). The book is going to be published in Polish and in English. Prof. Podhajski already has nearly 800 names from around the world. The book will be a documentation of the achievements of Polish composers on the broad historical background (including Poland's political reality, social and cultural developments, and changes through the Twentieth Century). 

The documentation is based on different bibliographical materials, and different sources concerning life and creations, which would be critically analyzed by a group of Polish specialists led by Prof.  Podhajski, author of many books, and a known authority in Twentieth-Century music. Any person of Polish background who created even one composition that was performed publicly (especially if the work was published, printed on a concert announcement, concert program, recorded or made a subject of live off-site transmission, mentioned in newspaper critique or in other media, etc.), is invited to send the information. 

The research covers the body of creation from the end of World War I (November 11, 1918), the day Poland regained independence until January 1, 2001. The subjects of research would be divided in groups: 

(1) composers who were born in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, but creating past 11.11.1918
(2) composers who were born and died in period from 11.11.1918-1.1.2001.
(3) composers who were born after 11.11.1918 and before 1.1.2001, whose life continues in the twenty-first century.

The authors are initially researching composers of classical music, but they are planning to include creators of other types of artistic music (for example, music written for the needs of dramatic theatre, film, or television). The authors want the book to be the source of knowledge about Polish music of the twentieth century. They do not want to omit any creator who even by smallest input wrote himself or herself into the flow of Polish music history. Prof. Podhajski, together with the group of editors, is planning to put in even the smallest documented mention to register only the simplest facts, which are going to be researched further in the future. Entrance to the book is based on word standards (The International Biographical Center, Cambridge, IBC). 

For further information contact Ms. Katarzyna (Kathy) Szymanska,

New E-mail discussion list: Royal Musical Association

The Royal Musical Association (the national musicological society in the UK) has now initiated an e-mail discussion list and invites all who are interested, not only paid-up RMA members, to subscribe and participate. Anyone is free to subscribe; only list members will be free to post messages; the list is unmoderated (at least for the time being); listings of subscribers' addresses will be available only by e-mail and only to list members. Messages will be archived. 

To subscribe, send the message


(substituting your own first and last names for FIRSTNAME LASTNAME) to

and you will be sent the introductory file with further details. Do please join and use the list!

Geoffrey Chew
Music Department, Royal Holloway College (University of London)

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Conference Announcement: Acoustics and Music: Theory and Applications

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 20-22, 2000.
Organizer and Sponsor: WSES (World Scientific and Engineering Society)

Your contribution will be published in CD-ROM Proceedings as well as in WSES Press Luxurious International Editions with world circulation (see below)

Deadline for paper submission: APRIL 15, 2000
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: MAY 15, 2000


Mathematical Models in Acoustics
Computational Acoustics
Boundary Value Problems
Environmental Acoustics
Architectural Acoustics
Acoustics Measurements
Sound Insulation
Noise Control Engineering
Active Control of Sound
Prediction Methods
Acoustics of Fluids
Elasticity Theory and Acoustics
Underwater Acoustics
Space Acoustics
Untrasound technology and applications
Electronics for Sound Art and Technology
Speech Processing
Language Processing and Technology
Statistical Acoustic Signal Processing and Multirate Signal Processing
Interpolation and Transforms in Acoustics. Vector Quantization.
Spectral Analysis and Power Spectrum Estimation
Wavelet based acoustics. Coding in Acoustics.
Adaptive filtering. Parameter Estimation. Signal Reconstruction.
Simulation Methods in Acoustics
Seismic Imaging
Medical Diagnostics
Non-destructive Inspection
Biological Effects of Sound
Neural Networks Applications in Acoustics
Applications of Fuzzy Logic in Acoustics
Genetic Algorithms' Applications in Acoustics
Military Topics
Other relevant topics and applications.


Mathematical Models in Music
Computers in Music Composition
Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Genetic Algorithms in Music
Modeling of Music in European and non-European Scales
Mathematics of Greek (i.e. Byzantine) Music
Mathematics of Oriental Music and, in general, of non-european music
Central-American, Latin-American Music
Jazz Study. Reggae Study.
Pattern Recognition in Music
Automatic Music Composition
Biological Effects of Music
Electronic Musical Instruments
Electronic Music
Mathematical Analysis of Musical Instruments
Music and Psychology
Music Education and Music in Education
Music and Religion
History of Music
Music and Civilization
Musicology, Ethnomusicology
Music in Art and Philosophy
Music and Dance
Music and Dance especially from Neural-Sciences point of view
Music and Poetry (epic, lyric, dramatic)
New Trends in Music Composition
Other relevant topics and applications.


Publish your paper 1) in the Proceedings and 2) in WSES-Press International Luxurious Editions

ALL THE ACCEPTED PAPERS will be published twice (two different publications) 1) in the CD-ROM Proceedings (with Search Facilities and Page Numbering) as well as 2 )in the Electrical and Computer Engineering International Reference Book Series of WSES PRESS as Post-Conference Books (Hard cover, velvet paper, international circulation). These will be different International Editions (with different ISBN). Also, special issues of selected papers will appear in Computational Acoustics, Applied Acoustics and Informatics journals. 

Place: Special Arrangements for AMTA 2000 participants have been made (discount rates) with the Wexford Modego Bay Hotel where the conference will take place. 

Hotel: Wexford Modego Bay
Gloucester Avenue
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Regarding your submission, registration, travel, etc, please, feel free to contact

The relevant arrangements for the social part have already been made with travel agencies (Welcome Cocktail, Official Dinner, Coffee-Breaks, Excursions, etc). Details are available upon request: During the Social Part, a small festival/concert will take place. Those attendees who want to participate must send a message to

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Conference Announcement: International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music

Royal Holloway, University of London
29 June to 2 July 2000

The Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London will host the eleventh International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music from 29 June to 2 July 2000. The conference will be held on the College's campus in Egham, Surrey, which is 35 minutes by train from London and a short journey from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. 

The conference will begin at lunchtime on Thursday, 29 June and end after lunch on Sunday, 2 July. There will be sessions on the following topics: 

Music, Literature and the Arts
Italian Studies
The Victorian Era
Music as Commodity
Paris: Decadence, Eroticism and the Grotesque
Homage and Appropriation
Performing Traditions
The Beethoven Influence
Ethnomusicology in the Nineteenth Century
Popular Musics
Politics and the State
Women's History
Gender Studies
Editing Opera
Mozart's Legacy
Issues in Theory and Analysis

Professor Hermann Danuser (Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin) will deliver the Keynote Paper on "Specificity in Musicology", and there will be a special round-table session chaired by John Daverio (Boston University) on "Romanticism and the Historical Consciousness." On Friday, 30 June Kenneth Hamilton (University of Birmingham) will give a recital on a Erard piano from 1851, and Cambridge University Press will host a reception. On Saturday, 1 July the internationally acclaimed Florestan Trio (Susan Tomes, Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester) will perform in Royal Holloway's magnificent Picture Gallery, a tour of which will be provided for delegates. Throughout the conference there will be a book exhibition organized by Rosemary Dooley. 

Accommodation will be available on campus in single study-bedrooms approximately five minutes' walk from the conference venue; most rooms have private facilities (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Lunch and dinner will be provided in the self-service Refectory; vegetarian menus are available. *Early booking is advisable, as space is strictly limited.* Please note that "Conference Package" bookings, which offer a discounted registration fee and other benefits, will be given first priority. For all bookings, payment should be received in full by 15 June 2000. 

A booking form can be obtained from any of:
Dr. David Charlton
Dr. Katharine Ellis
Dr. John Rink

Department of Music
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham TW20 0EX
tel: + 44 1784 443532
fax: + 44 1784 439441

The booking form can also be downloaded from the conference website at

We are particularly indebted to Grove Dictionaries of Music and the Music & Letters Trust for their generous support. 

The conference gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of Ashgate Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press Journals, and the University of Birmingham Music Department.

Programme as of 20 January 2000









LIEDER (morning)












WOMEN'S HISTORY (afternoon)

GENDER STUDIES (afternoon)

KEYNOTE PAPER (afternoon)






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Conference Announcement: 2nd Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts

The 2nd Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts "Music, Environmental Design, and the Choreography of Space" to be held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics,and Cybernetics.

Papers are invited for the 2nd Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts, to be held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics, and Cybernetics, July 31-August 5 in Baden-Baden, Germany. The study of systems within the scope of traditional arts-related theory, or the application of general systems methodologies to the analysis of music, architecture, interior design, dance, theatre, and the visual arts are areas of particular interest. 

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be submitted for evaluation. All proposals will be judged based on scholarly quality, originality, and potential for further discourse. These may be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to Jim Rhodes, Shorter College, USA or Jane Lily, State
University of New York at Buffalo, USA For more complete contact information and details about the symposium, please visit the IIAS home page with particular attention to the link "Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts." 

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Call for Papers: Popular Music Today: Objects, Practices, Approaches

Popular Music Today: Objects, Practices, Approaches

The Bulgarian branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with the courteous cooperation of the British Council in Bulgaria is organizing an interdisciplinary seminar on Popular Music Today: Objects, Practices, Approaches to be held in Sofia, 23-24 June 2000. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Philip Tagg, Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool, UK. The seminar is open to all interested in the subject and welcomes proposals oriented to changing cultural agendas in popular music/studies in the information age. While keeping a connection with basic methodological perspectives identified in popular music studies, topics include but are not limited to innovative aspects concerning issues of globalization and cultural differences; aesthetics, identity and value systems; technology, communication and media; methods of studying. Proposals for twenty-minute papers and round table discussions are invited. 

Official languages: English, Bulgarian. Translation will be provided.

Timely submission of the written papers which will facilitate the translation process is highly encouraged. Seminar proceedings are expected to be published in the academic journal Bulgarsko Muzikoznanie [Bulgarian Musicology], a publication of the Institute of Art Studies. 

Arrival: 22 June
Seminar days: 23-24 June
Departure: 25 June
Registration fee: US$20

Accommodation: reservations will be made in the hotel of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (50 "Shiptchenski prohod" blvd., Sofia), located near the seminar place. 
Single room: US$38 (with breakfast)
Double room: US$48 (US$24/person, with breakfast)
Note: The organizers expect a discount of the hotel prices, which will be additionally announced.

Please send paper abstracts (preferably via e-mail) of no more than 250 words or just formulated topic proposals for discussion to: 

Dr. Claire Levy
Kv. Hadji Dimitar Bl. 140 Vh. 2
1510 Sofia
tel: +3592 4709753
fax: +3592 9433092
(for info in English)

Dr. Lubomir Kavaldjiev
tel: +3592 667235 
(for info in German)

Dr. Rossitca Draganova
tel: +3592 554742
(for info in French)

Deadline for participation proposals: 21 April 2000
Notification to participants: 15 May 2000 (including any further details).

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Call for Papers: Oxford Music Analysis Conference

University of Oxford
Faculty of Music
Oxford Music Analysis Conference
22-24 September 2000

The Oxford University Faculty of Music, in association with the Society for Music Analysis and the journal Music Analysis, will host OxMAC 2000 from Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September 2000; accommodation and meals will be provided in St Peter's College. 

The members of the programme committee are: 
Jonathan Cross (University of Bristol)
Nicholas Marston (University of Oxford)
John Rink (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The committee invites proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of music theory and analysis; papers should be planned to last a maximum of 25 minutes within a 40-minute slot. Proposals for round-table and themed sessions are also welcome: in these cases, a maximum of four participants should plan 15-minute papers within a 90-minute slot (round table) or 20-minute papers within a two-hour slot (themed session). 

Proposals for papers (maximum 300 words, or 1000 words for a round table/themed session) should be sent, preferably by email (please do not use attachments), to:
Dr Nicholas Marston
St Peter's College
Oxford OX1 2DL
no later than 31 May 2000; the committee undertakes to notify all selected speakers by 30 June. Authors should include their name in all submissions; proposals for round tables and themed sessions should identify all participants, including a convenor to whom further correspondence and queries may be addressed. Those proposing individual papers are not barred from participation in joint submissions also. 

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Call For Papers: Music IR 2000

MUSIC IR 2000: International Symposium on Music Information
Retrieval Plymouth, Massachusetts October 23 - 25, 2000 

Important Dates and Deadlines:

June 15: Research papers due
Aug. 15: Authors notified of committee decision
Sept. 15: Final submission of camera-ready copy

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

About Music IR 2000

Interest in music information retrieval (music IR) is exploding.  This is not surprising: music IR has the potential for a wide variety of applications in the educational and academic domains as well as for entertainment. Yet, until now, there has been no established forum specifically for people studying music retrieval. The International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval will be held in Plymouth, Massachusetts from October 23-25, 2000. Building upon research being conducted around the world, this will be the first music IR symposium. The resulting information interchange will enable scholars to move more quickly towards viable solutions to many problems. The conference will include both invited and submitted papers, plus a panel with live performance of musical examples on the piano. The keynote speaker will be Marvin Minsky, founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and long-term member of the Computer Music Journal editorial board. 

General Topics

Topics to be covered may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Estimating similarity of melodies and polyphonic music

Music representation and indexing

Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Chair: Donald Byrd, University of Massachusetts--Amherst
Program Chair: J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Tim Crawford, Kings College, London
W. Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts--Amherst
Craig Nevill-Manning, Rutgers University

Call for Papers

Research papers must consist of original contributions (not previously published, and not currently being considered for publication elsewhere). Full research papers of at most 3,000 words including an abstract, affiliation, and keywords should be submitted via email (preferred method) to or via mail to the address indicated below and must be received by June 15, 2000. If submitting via email, attach a file in .PDF format (preferred), PostScript, or Microsoft Word. If you submit a PostScript or Word file, enclose any unusual fonts (e.g., music). It may be safest to submit diagrams and music examples in one or more separate JPEG files, GIF files, or EPS files with unusual fonts embedded. If submitting by mail, send three hardcopies of the paper. Authors will be informed of the Program Committee's decision by August 15, and camera-ready copy of accepted papers must be received by September 15.

Mailing Address for Paper Submissions:

CIIR, Department of Computer Science
140 Governors Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-4610
tel: 1-413-545-0463

About Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Plymouth is the site of the first permanent European settlement in New England and the site of the first American "Thanksgiving."

Plymouth Historic Attractions:
* Mayflower II--reproduction of ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth
* Plimoth Plantation--reproduction of the 1627 Pilgrim village; extraordinary living museum of Pilgrim life, with staff playing Pilgrim roles.
* Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims are believed to have disembarked.
* Pilgrim Hall Museum
* 1749 Court House
* Trolley Tours

Other Plymouth Attractions:
* Plymouth Harbor Cruises
* Ocean Spray Cranberry Visitor Center and Museum
* Splashdown Amphibious Tours

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Online Catalogues Available: British Library Manuscripts


A three-year project to automate the printed catalogues of manuscripts and to make them available remotely via the Internet has been successfully completed. This innovative conversion project was developed and executed with generous financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. 

Compiled over nearly two centuries, the scholarly catalogues of the Department of Manuscripts, cover all types of handwritten material in western languages. These range from notes written on papyrus in the pre-Christian era to contemporary literary and political papers, and include manuscript music and maps, wax seals, drawings, photographs and illuminated manuscripts. 

Sixty-two volumes, hitherto only available in the Manuscripts Reading Room at the British Library or in a few specialist research libraries, have been converted from print to database. The catalogues selected for conversion comprise the quinquennial Catalogues of Additions and those of named special collections. Subject and language-based catalogues are not included. A full list is displayed online and in the User Guide. There will be a continuing programme of enhancement and expansion. In addition, all the new cataloguing prepared on computer since 1986, some of it not yet published, has been merged into the system. For the first time,
users can encompass most of the mainstream catalogues in a single search, rather than having to refer to a series of consecutive volumes. They can also retrieve keywords in context or combinations of index terms which could not be targeted in the printed text. 

The online catalogue can be accessed using a standard browser at
or via the British Library's Website at

Catalogues of Music Manuscript holdings

The following information attempts to relate the published catalogues listing the Library's music and music-related manuscript holdings with the online catalogue: 

* Augustus Hughes Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum 3 vols (London, 1906-9 R/1964-6). The information in this catalogue is *more detailed* than that on the online catalogue.

* Pamela Willetts, Handlist of music manuscripts acquired 1908-67 (London, 1970). The information in this catalogue is generally in *less* detail than the online catalogue.

* William Barclay Squire, Catalogue of the King's Music Library, part I, The Handel Manuscripts; part II, The Miscellaneous Manuscripts (London, 1927, 1929). This catalogue is not yet available through the online catalogue but a data conversion is under way and should be made available online later in the year.

* Arthur Searle, The British Library Stefan Zweig Collection: Catalogue of the Music Manuscripts (London, The British Library, 1999). This catalogue is more detailed than the version published in the Catalogue of Additions and that available on the online catalogue.

Manuscripts acquired from 1968 are listed along with other manuscripts acquired by the Library in the quinquennially-published Catalogue of Additions. Those volumes covering the periods 1976-80, 1981-5 and 1986-90 have been published and those for 1956-1975 and 1990-1995 are in preparation. Information on these holdings is available from the typescript Summary Catalogue of Music Manuscripts on the open access shelves of the Rare Books and Music Reading Room in the British Library's new building at St Pancras. The information in these catalogues is the *same* as that in the online catalogue. 

Information on the following is only currently available through inhouse typescripts:
Manuscripts on Loan
Copies of manuscripts received under Export license rules
Microforms of manuscripts in other collections

"Tips for searching" are available online. When searching for particular works by composers it is worth noting that the index entries are not generally made for individual compositions, particularly where the library's holdings of a composer are large.  However, it is possible to use the 'near' operator in a Descriptions search to combine part of a composer's name with part of a title (e.g. Tippett near child for Michael Tippett's "Child of our time;" Curzon near Mozart for Clifford Curzon's annotated copies of works by Mozart; string near quartet for "string quartets," "quartets for strings," etc). 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact
Chris Banks
Curator of Manuscript Music & Deputy Head 
Music Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7510
fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7751

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Request for Encyclopedia Assistance:

A major new encyclopedia project,, requests expert help in constructing an "open content" encyclopedia, planned to become the largest general encyclopedia in history. The project has significant financial support, and its leaders and owners are committed to a years-long, intensive effort--to founding an open, public institution. 

If you are an expert in any subject, your participation in the project will be welcome. We are in need of well-qualified writers, editors, and peer reviewers, and will be doing searches for subject area editors. Moreover, if you are a good writer and researcher, you may be interested in contributing short biographies, descriptions of cities, and other brief entries. 

What does it mean to say the encyclopedia is "open content?" This means that anyone can use content taken from Nupedia articles for almost any purpose, both for-profit or non-profit, so long as Nupedia is credited as the source and so long as the distributor of the information does not attempt to restrict others from distributing the same information. Nupedia will be "open content" in the same way that Linux and the Open Directory Project ( are "open source." As as been the case with those projects, we plan to attract a huge body of talented contributors. 

Since making our initial press release earlier this month, over 800 people from around the world have signed up as Nupedia members, including some very highly-qualified people (including Ph.D.s in very many relevant subject areas). 

Because Nupedia will be open content, it will be in a freely-distributable public resource created by an international public effort. It is not an exaggeration to say that your contributions would help to provide an international public a free education. We believe Nupedia is, thus, a project worthy of your attention. 

If you want to join us or stay apprised of the progress of Nupedia, please take a minute to go to the Nupedia website at and become a member. (Becoming a member is quick, easy, and free.) 

Thank you very much for your attention.

Larry Sanger, Ph.D. expected May 2000 Philosophy, Ohio State
San Diego, California

P.S. If you wish to help promote this project--something we would greatly appreciate--please do forward this announcement to any *appropriate* forums and to colleagues you think may be interested (including your local/departmental mailing lists and newsgroups).  Or, if you would rather that Nupedia make the announcement on a forum you frequent, please just give us a pointer to the forum and we can take it from there. 

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Call for Papers/Presentations/Panel Discussions: 2001 SCI Student National Conference

The Indiana University SCI Student Chapter is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2001 SCI Student National Conference, "Dawn of the Millennium." Papers can be from a theoretic, historical, social, etc. perspective. Papers will be judged based on quality and relevance to contemporary art music. Papers/presentations dealing with issues before 1960 will not be considered. Papers/presentations should be approximately 25 minutes in length, and will be followed by a 10 minute question and answer/discussion period. All materials must be postmarked by August 15, 2000.

Submissions should include: 1) A three to five page typed description of your paper/presentation (this can include examples and portions of your paper; illegible or incomplete papers will not be considered), 2) a SASE for return of materials, 3) SASP for confirmation of receipt of materials, 4) proof of student status (photocopy of valid student ID or a letter from a teacher), 5) a contact sheet including address, email, daytime phone, title of paper/presentation, duration and list of equipment required. All participants must be or become members of SCI before the conference. 

Please send all materials to:

Jason Bahr
Host, SCI National Student Conference, 2001
Indiana School of Music
Bloomington, IN 47405

Inquiries may be sent to

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Spring 2000 Colloquium Schedule, University of Chicago Music Dept.

I write to announce the Colloquium schedule at the University of Chicago Department of Music during the spring quarter. All events will take place in Goodspeed Hall, Room 402, except for the event of April 14, which is scheduled for the Film Studies Center on the 3rd floor of Cobb Hall. All events are free and open to the public. 

April 14, 3:00pm: Marta Ptaszynska, Professor of Music, University of Chicago, "In Remembrance of the Holocaust" This event will involve a screening of a performance of Mme. Ptaszynska's Holocaust Memorial Cantata, conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, together with comments by the composer. 

April 28, 3:30pm, GoH 402: Harald Krebs, Professor of Music, University of Victoria, "Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Chopin." Krebs is the author of the acclaimed recent book, Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann (Oxford U. Press, 1999) 

May 12, 3:30pm, GoH 402: Jessie Ann Owens, Professor of Music, Brandeis University, "Thomas Weelkes and the English Lament."  Professor Owens is the author of the celebrated book, Composers at Work: The Craft of Musical Composition, 1450-1600 (Oxford U. Press, 1997). She is President-Elect of the American Musicological Society. 

May 19, 3:30pm, GoH 402: H. Colin Slim, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine. Professor Slim, distinguished musicologist of the Renaissance, former member of the U. of C.  faculty, and former President of the American Musicological Society, will be returning to Chicago to lecture on Stravinsky's Scherzo a la Russe

May 26, 3:30pm, GoH 402: Travis A. Jackson, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan. Professor Jackson, currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, is an ethnomusicologist specializing in jazz and urban African-American culture.

June 2, 3:30pm, GoH 402: J. Peter Burkholder, Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the Faculties, Indiana University, "Uniformity and Diversity in the History of Musical Style." Professor Burkholder, who holds a U. of C. Ph.D. (198), is currently serving as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. He is the author of two award-winning books on the music of Charles Ives. 

Richard Cohn
Professor of Music
Chair, Dept. of Music
University of Chicago

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Conference Information: Music Theory Midwest 2000

Music Theory Midwest 2000
Lawrence University, 19-20 May 

The 11th annual meeting of MTMW will be held in Appleton, WI at Lawrence Conservatory, 19-20 May 2000. A highlight of the conference will be the keynote address by Professor Janet Schmalfeldt of Tufts University. Distinguished theorist, former President of the Society  for Music Theory, and Lawrence alumna, Professor Schmalfeldt will speak on "Performance, Analysis, and Schubert." Other special activities include a forum on "Reimagining the Core Curriculum" and an opportunity to attend a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. For the complete program and registration please see our web site (above) or contact Gene Biringer, the local arrangements coordinator,

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Event Announcement: CMS ARIA Institute

CMS Launches new Music Institute with Business Connections

The College Music Society is pleased to announce the launching of its new ARIA Institute at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, July 6-9 2000. 

ARIA, an acronym for Academic and Recording Industry Alliances, is a four-day institute geared to college music teachers, graduate music and music business students, and scholars with an interest in the current music industry and its operation. Cutting-edge music business professionals will join music teachers in a pilot project whose goal is to provide a venue in which the academy and industry might learn together, ultimately building better-informed educators, musicians, consumers, and employees.

A highlight of the event will be an address delivered by Frank Creighton of the Recording Industry Association of America, and an impressive roster of speakers include, in addition to top music business academics, Dan Storper of Putumayo World Music, Gerd Leonhard of, and Sergio Rozenblat, marketing director for the Miami Sound Machine at CBS and WEA label chief of Luis Miguel. 

ARIA's topics will give wide coverage to the economic and legal aspects of the new music economy. This theme will be explored in a variety of settings, including the classroom, with focus on the Internet and music e-commerce, including publishing. Music majors will find out what they need to know about the entertainment industry and teachers will be exposed to industry information for use in Music in General Studies courses. 

Don't miss this opportunity. Music industry activities constitute, by far, the most important creative domains in contemporary music practice because ongoing developments make new creative options possible for consumers and listeners. 

Register now! See or write to
The College Music Society
202 West Spruce Street
Missoula MT 59802
tel: +1 406-721-9616
fax: +1 406-721-9419

ARIA--Academic and Recording Industry Alliance (a College Music Society project)
Sally Reid

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Call for Papers: Music and AIDS

Abstracts are invited for a new book on music in the context of AIDS. Of particular interest are writings about musical works created in direct response to the crisis. Genres may include classical/neo-romantic, avant-garde, Top 40, alternative rock, jazz, hip-hop, country, musical theater, and others. I will also consider writings about musical reinterpretations, musical groups and institutions, benefit and fundraising activities, memorials and biographies, and other such phenomena. A broad range of approaches, including cultural critique, sociological or psychosocial explication, historical documentation or technical analysis (and optimally  syntheses of any of these) is welcome. Collaborations, especially between people working in different fields or methodologies, are encouraged. 

The book is under consideration by a major academic publisher.  Please convey any expression of intent to write for this volume as soon as possible. Deadlines for materials: abstracts (less than one page) are requested by June 15, 2000, although I will consider abstracts which arrive later than that date. I currently plan to ask for finished drafts of papers by May 1, 2001. 

Please send all materials to:
Paul Attinello
Department of Music
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
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Michael W. Toler, Editorial Assistant
14 November 2002