Academic journal article Notes

Communications

Academic journal article Notes

Communications

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This column provides a forum for responses to the contents of this journal, and for information of interest to readers. The editor reserves the right to publish letters in excerpted form and to edit them for conciseness and clarity.

To the Editor:

It has long been tentatively said--I believe lacking proof--that "Yankee Doodle" was played by the American army at the surrender of the British troops at Yorktown on 19 October 1781. Proof has now been found: Beginning 1 November 1781 in Fishkill, N.Y., a number of newspapers reported such playing. This was discussed in--and details can be found in--The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783: Text Data Base and Index (Mary Jane Corry, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Robert M. Keller [New York: University Music Editions, 1997]).

James Fuld

New York City

To the Editor:

Schirmer Reference notes that it incorrectly stated the authorship on the cover and title page of the 6th edition of Music Since 1900 (reviewed by D. J. Hoek, Notes, September 2002, pp. 51-53). The author of this classic work is Nicolas Slonimsky. All entries through 1991, the date of the 5th edition, are entirely his work. Laura Kuhn provided updates through 2000 for the 6th edition. All books still in inventory have been reprinted and rebound with the correct attribution. …

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