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Volume 6, Number 3, August 2000, ISSN 1067-3040
Copyright � 2000 Society for Music Theory

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Eric Isaacson (Indiana University)
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Table of Contents

1. Articles: Plenary Session from the 2000 Meeting of the New England Conference of Music Theorists


The remarkable essays and responses presented here made their debut as a plenary session on the afternoon of March 26, 2000 at Brandeis University, host of the fifteenth annual meeting of the New England Conference of Music Theorists. For the idea to offer this session, and for the choice of a superb group of speakers, the New England Conference is indebted to its President, Deborah Stein (1999-2001), and to her 2000 Program Committee, with James Baker as chair. The committee asked each of its five speakers to look towards the new millennium by taking stock of some one or more current concerns within our field, while also proposing new directions. To the papers that resulted, Allen Forte was invited to prepare responses. In my role as moderator, I took pleasure in introducing our speakers and their topics.

It will come as no surprise to learn that the NECMT 2000 Plenary Session concluded by generating a wonderfully lively open discussion--in fact, so lively that the five speakers were left with no time for responding individually to Allen Forte's commentaries about their work. With this present publication, the opportunity for a healthy and provocative exchange has emerged: each speaker has been invited to submit a response to Professor Forte, and to those who have done so, he in turn has responded again. We shall hope that MTO readers will now want to join in the discussion; mto-talk awaits your participation!

-- Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts University)

Joseph Dubiel (Columbia University), "Analysis, Description, and What Really Happens"
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Ellie M. Hisama (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY), "Life Outside the Canon? A Walk on the Wild Side"
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Peter M. Kaminsky (University of Connecticut), "Revenge of the Boomers: Notes on the Analysis of Rock Music"
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Gary S. Karpinski (University of Massachusetts), "Lessons from the Past: Music Theory Pedagogy and the Future"
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Patrick P. McCreless (Yale University), "Music Theory and Historical Awareness"
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Allen Forte (Yale University), "Responses to Plenary Session Papers, NECMT 2000" (with replies from some presenters)
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2. Music Theory International

Wai-Ling Cheong, "Identity and Influence: New Music Research at Wuhan Music Conservatory"
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3. Reviews

Susan Mina Agrawal, Review of John Irving, Mozart: The "Haydn" Quartets. Cambridge Music Handbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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4. Announcements

5. Employment

6. New Dissertations

7. New Books

8. Communications

Editor's Comments

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This page prepared by
Eric J. Isaacson, General Editor
18 November 2002