Eighteenth-Century Music in Theory and Practice: Essays in Honor of Alfred Mann

Eighteenth-Century Music in Theory and Practice: Essays in Honor of Alfred Mann

Eighteenth-Century Music in Theory and Practice: Essays in Honor of Alfred Mann

Eighteenth-Century Music in Theory and Practice: Essays in Honor of Alfred Mann

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A few years ago, when the idea for this book first came to me, I initiated a correspondence on the subject with the late Paul Henry Lang. His letters were warmly enthusiastic and curiously open about his own failing health and his attempts to resume his work. He accepted my invitation to write the introduction to a Festschrift for Alfred Mann, remarking that "Alfred was not only my prime disciple; but is a close friend, almost a son, and I would be delighted to pay him tribute." He added that he was glad his deadline was comfortably in the future, because "by that time I will have either recovered or will play pinochle with Handel on the Elysian fields."

Now the writing of the introduction has fallen, not to the senior in a life-long mentor and student relationship, but to the junior. Those who encounter Alfred as a teacher are immensely fortunate. His knowledge extends far beyond the conventional limits of institutional learning, and he dispenses it generously, and with the deep-rooted courtesy that permeates everything he does. I remember the first time I ever submitted a piece of work to Alfred; it was the opening chapter of my dissertation, and I sent it to him in New Jersey shortly before he made the move to Rochester. He returned it almost immediately. Along with a few editorial suggestions and encouraging remarks, he had written "There are a few details that might merit some leisurely discussion." I was thrilled, and so positively disposed to anything he might propose that I actually enjoyed and certainly benefited from what might have been an agonizing process; a few weeks later, the chapter had been cut by two thirds and entirely re-written.

Anyone attempting to characterize Alfred Mann's prolific career as a musical scholar must take into account that his work is still in . . .

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