Academic journal article Current Musicology

Editors' Note

Academic journal article Current Musicology

Editors' Note

Article excerpt

Welcome to issue 89 of Current Musicology, the first publication of our forty-fifth year. This journal primarily provides space for peer-reviewed articles by scholars in the early stages of their careers. We take an inclusive approach to musicology, and invite submissions that reflect the multitude of topics, theoretical approaches, and disciplinary partnerings that are available to today's scholar of music and music cultures.

Issue 89 begins with a timely article by Nili Belkind, in which she analyzes the national and international media discourse surrounding Israel's trilingual entry to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Belkind demonstrates that a contentious political battle raged in the words and actions accompanying the song's entry, even as a physical war was waged on the ground. She pays particular attention to the way that discourse about musical performance reflects and shapes ethnic and national identity in Israel, and outlines the political stakes when these constructions are mobilized by the State, NGOs, musicians, and the media. Stephen Rodgers offers a reading of Berlioz's Romeo au tombeau des Capulets (the sixth movement of his symphony Romeo et Juliette) that argues for a narrative structure where the abstraction of "music" is "smashed" into mimetic certainty through Berlioz's musical depiction of the events in the tomb. His article treats formerly criticized elements of the movement, including tonal uncertainty and blatant representation, as central to the piece's powerful expressivity. …

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