Editor’s Message

[1] The now classic writings of Edward T. Cone are cited often for their rich musical insights.  Cone’s writing on the Romantic Lied serve as the starting point for Berthold Hoeckner’s article in this issue, “Poet’s Love and Composer’s Love,” which re-examines Schumann’s Heine-Liederkreis, Op. 24.  Hoeckner proposes the existence of a dramatic (poetic) persona, separate from that of the composer, which motivates the “and” of the article’s title--a meaningful change the from the “or” found in Cone’s title.

[2] We introduce a new graphic format for the examples in Hoecker’s article. The format, called DjVu (and pronounced “de ja vu”), produces images that are less than a quarter the size of a GIF image, yet can be scaled by the reader, without losing staff or stem lines in music notation. Viewing DjVu images requires installation of a browser plug-in (1.7 megabytes, or about 8.5 minutes on a 28.8 modem, for Windows, 1.0 megabytes, or less than 5 minutes, for Macintosh). A link to the download site is provided in the article. The article’s examples are provide in both GIF and DjVu format. The reader can choose which format to view.

[3] Also in this issue, John Novak reviews the recent Cambridge Companion to Bartók, edited by Amanda Bayley, (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Jay Rahn offers a report on last summer’s Symposium on Neo-Riemannian Theory, held at SUNY-Buffalo. Rounding out the issue are a long list of dissertation listings, job opportunities, and announcements of various kinds.

[4] Reactions to Hoeckner’s article, Novak’s review, or Rahn’s conference report can be shared in two ways. The mto-talk email list is available to MTO subscribers (subscription is free) for online discussion of any MTO-related topic. (This link will help you determine if you are a subscriber.) To post to mto-talk, simply send an email message to mto-talk@societymusictheory.org. Longer responses may be submitted for publication in the Commentary section of the next issue. These should be formatted and submitted according to MTO’s Author Guidelines.

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Eric J. Isaacson, General Editor
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Updated 03 July 2013
Brent Yorgason