The Music Library Association Has Announced Its Publication Awards for 2007

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The Music Library Association has announced its publication awards for 2007. The Vincent H. Duckies Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music published in 2007 was presented to David Russell Williams and C. Matthew Balensuela for Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino: A Bibliography and Guide (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2007). The MLA Publications Awards Committee noted that this "concluding volume in a decades-long effort to survey the landscape of Western music theory ... gently introduces readers to what might otherwise be unfamiliar and daunting material. The authors summarize the major works of some 120 medieval and Renaissance theorists in language that is both clear and precise, and their helpful lists of secondary literature, assembled from an impressively broad array of sources, are coded to highlight introductory readings. As computerized keyword searching increasingly fragments the research process, the context provided by this volume will prove ever more valuable to non-specialists and scholars alike." The Eva Judd O'Meara Award for the best review published in Notes in 2007 was awarded to Louis Niebur for his review essay "The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Recent Reissues of British Electronic Music from 1955-1996." The review appeared in Notes 63, no. 3 (March 2007): 912-23. The committee stated that "Louis Niebur's review essay on the Radiophonic Workshop provides a delightfully readable introduction to an influential but little-known chapter of twentieth-century music culture. As the British Broadcasting Corporation's in-house electronic music studio, the RW met the growing demand for new electro-acoustical sounds by creating thousands of works for television and radio between the years of 1955 and 1996. …