The Music Library Association Has Announced Its Publication Awards for 2008

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The Music Library Association has announced its publication awards for 2008. The Vincent H. Duckies Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music published in 2008 was presented to Laurie J. Sampsel for Music Research: A Handbook (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009 [appeared in 2008]). The MLA Publications Awards Committee noted that "students will appreciate the book as a concise and approachable introduction to an unfamiliar (if not daunting) field; instructors will be grateful for its evaluative checklists, recommended readings, and other features that can be used to enhance classroom teaching. This carefully prepared, well-edited handbook will be essential reading for music librarians, graduate students, and music faculty for years to come." The Eva Judd O'Meara Award for the best review published in Notes in 2008 was given to Daniel F. Boomhower for his review of recent critical editions of Bach's Mass in B Minor which appeared in vol. 65, no. 2 (December 2008): 385-89. The committee stated that the review "is a balanced and insightful assessment of where textual scholarship has arrived with this perennially-challenging work. Boom-hower's calm and steady scholarly hand masterfully contrasts the two approaches [of Christoph Wolff and Joshua Rifkin] and in the end creates a convincing argument for considering the different incarnations of the Mass side by side, rather than attempting to unify them or force the 'one true version' of this complex piece. …