Editor’s Message

Our second volume of 2005 offers a contribution to the ongoing research on set class similarity, an approach to theory pedagogy in a historical context, and two book reviews on topics in the history of music theory.

In “Mapping the Geometries of Pitch-Class Set Similarity Measures via Multidimensional Scaling,” Art Samplaski applies a technique of geometrical visualization to model measures of set class similarity in trichords, tetrachords, and pentachords.

Stefan Eckert draws from Joseph Riepel’s Anfangsgründe zur musicalischen Setzkunst (1752-1765) to develop stylistic composition assignments for the theory classroom in “’So, you want to write a Minuet?’—Historical Perspectives in Teaching Theory.” A PDF sample of his minuet-teaching material accompanies the article.

Daniel Harrison reviews Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought by Alexander Rehding (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Burdette Green reviews Rebecca Herissone’s Music Theory in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford University Press, 2000).

The issue also includes listings of recently completed dissertations, calls for papers, and conference announcements.

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Timothy Koozin, Editor
Music Theory Online
Moores School of Music
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204


Updated 03 July 2013
Brent Yorgason