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Vol. 31, No. 2, 2011

Performance Strategies in Three Recordings of Bach's Invention No. 1 in C Major: A Comparative Study
For several decades, music psychologists have been studying performances and recordings in an effort to extrapolate basic principles underlying the differences between notation and the actual patterns of sound created by highly skilled performers. Anticipated...
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Glenn Gould, Conductor: Critical Reception, Chronicle, and Commentary
The only commercial audio recording of Glenn Gould (1932-1982) conducting an ensemble showcased his interpretation of the chamber-orchestra version of Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll (WWV 103). A planned series of studio recordings with Gould conducting...
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Medieval Song in Romance Languages
John Haines. 2010. Medieval Song in Romance Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 318 pp. ISBN 9780521765749.Medieval Song in Romance Languages by John Haines is one of the most engagingly written books of musicology I have read in the last...
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Learn from the Masters: Classical Harmony
Sten Ingelf. Learn from the Masters: Classical Harmony. Hjärup, Sweden: Sting Musik, 2010. 222 pp. (paper), 193 pp. on DVD.1 ISBN 91-971133-5-2.Unlike North American textbooks meant for four semesters of core music theory study, this course in harmony...
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The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction
Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert, and Richard Middleton, eds. The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2012. 455 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-88191-3.The second edition of The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction...
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Vol. 30, No. 2, 2010

"Give a Man a Mask and He'll Tell the Truth": Arnold Schoenberg, David Bowie, and the Mask of Pierrot1
IntroductionAlthough initially it might seem that arch-modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg and rock music icon David Bowie would be strange bedfellows, they share an intriguing relationship: each donned the mask of the Pierrot character, and for many...
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Hybridization and the Creation of "Third Spaces": An Analysis of Two Works by Tomás Gubitsch1
Over the course of the last three decades, tango has shown a persistent and vibrant resurgence. This renewal has taken place not only in tango's home country of Argentina, but also elsewhere around the globe - Paris in particular. The current resurgence...
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John Weinzweig: Essays on His Life and Music
John Beckwith and Brian Cherney, eds. John Weinzweig: Essays on His Life and Music. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011. xiii, 402 pp., compact disc. ISBN 978-55458-256-3 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-55458-321-8 (electronic format).In 1982 John...
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The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-De-Siècle Vienna
Nicholas Cook. 2007. The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 368 pp. ISBN 978-0-19517056-6 (hardcover), 978-0-19-974429-9 (paper)Not so many years ago, few scholars would have said...
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Canons and Canonic Techniques, 14th-16th Centuries: Theory, Practice, and Reception History
K. Schiltz and B. J. Blackburn, eds., Canons and Canonic Techniques, 14th-16th Centuries: Theory, Practice, and Reception History, Leuven Studies in Musicology. Leuven: Peeters, 2007. 500 pp. ISBN 978-90-429-1681-4.In the Middle Ages and Renaissance,...
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Brahms and the Scherzo: Studies in Musical Narrative
Ryan McClelland. 2010. Brahms and the Scherzo: Studies in Musical Narrative. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing. 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-75-466810-7.What began in the 1980s as an exploration of the relationship between music and narrative has tentatively become...
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Vol. 29, No. 1, 2009

Editorial: Nickel- and Dime-Ing
We're nickel- and dime-ing ourselves to death.Intersections has just scraped through a lawsuit, and in doing so come close to a major financial blow that could have done us in, us and many other Canadian scholarly journals like us. We were named as a...
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The Apostasy of George Rochberg
ABSTRACTAn exploration of George Rochberg's much-pubhcized rejection of musical modernism-in particular seriahsm- in the early 1960s. The paper will explore Rochberg's conception of musical time and space, duration in music and its relationship to the...
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Madness in Linda Bouchard's Black Burned Wood
ABSTRACTWith its images of paranoia, anger, resignation, and infantilism, Linda Bouchard's Black Burned Wood may easily be aligned with musical representations of madwomen. The text, a cycle of eleven poems collected under the title "Sara Songs" takes...
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Survey of University-Based Music Programs in Canada
ABSTRACTThis study provides a compact overview of university-based music programs in Canada based on information gleaned from surveys of institutional members of the Canadian University Music Society (CUMS)- universities, colleges, and conservatories....
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The Gregorian Institute of Canada: Traditions in Western Plainchant
Since its inception in 2005, the Gregorian Institute of Canada, affiliated with the School of the Arts, McMaster University, has sought to develop a community of scholars and performers from across Canada to share with and engage each other in the research...
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Vol. 27, No. 2, 2007

Le Jazz Vu De l'intérieur/The Battle of the Five Spot-Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field
Côté, Gerald. 2006. Le jazz vu de l'intérieur. Sherbrooke : Les Éditions Nota Bene. 214 p. ISBN 2-89518-239-6 (couverture souple).Lee, David. 2006. The Battle of the Five Spot-Omette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field. Toronto : The Mercury Press. 99...
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Editorial: The Deer in the Headlights
The tenth anniversary of the Bordercrossings conference has come and gone largely unremarked. With the slightly presumptuous title Bordercrossings: Future Directions in Music Studies, the conference was put together by John Shepherd, Jocelyne Guilbault,...
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The Present State of Unpopular Music1
In 1981, at the invitation of a journal in Australia, I produced a short essay called "Composing in the Eighties" (reprinted as Beckwith 1997b). Fifteen years later, at the 1997 CUMS meeting at Memorial University, I delivered what might be called an...
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Crossing the Rubicon: Debussy and the Eternal Present of the Past
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.Pablo PicassoInterest in the past increased dramatically during La belle Époque in two regards: the past became both the subject of interrogation and a vehicle for future exploration. Access to the future,...
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Report from Ottawa: The Canadian Bureau of International Education
In this brief report, I shall describe a programme of international scholarships that may be of interest to Canadian scholars and their students.Second only to Toronto in the esteem of ordinary Canadians, Ottawa does of course spend your taxes, for better...
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Chansons
Jacotin. 2004. Chansons. Éditées par Frank Dobbins. Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Programme Ricercar. Collection « Epitome musical ». Turnhout : Brepols. xlix, 121 p. ISBN 2-503-51593-2 (couverture souple).Suffisamment appréciée des...
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Vincent d'Indy et Son Temps
Vincent d'Indy et son temps. 2006. Dirigé par Manuela Schwartz. Collection « Musique-Musicologie ». Liège : Mardaga. 391p. ISBN 2-87009-888-X (couverture souple).Depuis l'affirmation du courant de la New Musicology1, les chercheurs nordaméricains s'intéressent...
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Le Cas Schönberg. Naissance De L'avant-Garde Musicale
Esteban Buch. 2006. Le Cas Schönberg. Naissance de l'avant-garde musicale. Paris : Gallimard. 356 p. ISBN 2-07-077924-6 (couverture souple).Cet ouvrage paru chez Gallimard est en soi un objet paradoxal puisque le compositeur novateur qui a peut-être...
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Vol. 27, No. 1, 2006

Iphigénie À Paris: Positioning Gluck Historically in Early Twentieth-Century France
On 18 December 1907, Gluck's opera Iphégenie en Aulide appeared on the Parisian stage, after an absence of more than three-quarters of a century.1 Produced at the Opéra-Comique under the direction of Albert Carré and featuring the famed Lucienne Bréval...
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Dark Mirrors and Dead Ringers: Music for Suspense Films about Twins
We tend to think of our individuality in terms of body-how we look, how we sound, how we smell. With twins, that approach immediately comes into question (David Cronenberg 1996 Criterion laser disc edition of Dead Ringers,).In his 1988 film Dead Ringers,...
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The Cambridge Companion to Haydn
Caryl Clark, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Haydn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 318 pp. ISBN 0-521-54107-7 (paperback).Edited by leading Haydn scholar Caryl Clark, The Cambridge Companion to Haydn offers an accessible introduction not...
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Music, Theatre and Politics in Germany: 1848 to the Third Reich
Nikolaus Bacht, ed. Music, Theatre and Politics in Germany: 1848 to the Third Reich. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. 315 pp. ISBN-10: 0-7546-5521-0 (hardcover).Nikolaus Bacht compiled this book of fourteen essays to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of renowned...
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A Vision of the Orient: Texts, Intertexts, and Contexts of Madame Butterfly
Jonathan Wisenthal, Sherrill Grace, Melinda Boyd, Brian McIlroy and Vera Micznik, eds. A Vision of the Orient: Texts, Intertexts, and Contexts of Madame Butterfly. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. 262 pages. ISBN 0-8020-8801-5 (hardcover).After...
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Vol. 26, No. 2, 2006

Introduction: In and out of the Sound Studio
In and Out of the Sound Studio is an inter-university ethnographic project, conducted by Dr. Andra McCartney, Concordia University; Dr. Ellen Waterman, University of Guelph; Dr. Beverley Diamond, Memorial University; and Dr. Kip Pegley, Queen's University.1...
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Local Logics and the Gendering of Music Technology: A Newfoundland Case Study
This paper reports on issues relating to the gendering of music technologies that emerged in recent studies conducted in Newfoundland and Labrador. The primary study was a broad-ranging assessment of the status of women in music that the Women's Policy...
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In & out of the Classroom: Reflections on Identity, Technology, and the Radio Project
PREFACEThe following article was initially presented at In and Out of the Sound Studio under the title, "Breaking through Sound Barriers: Embracing Community Radio as Pedagogical Practice."1 Here I reflect on the radio project, a pedagogical tool that...
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Musical Washing Machines, Composer-Performers, and Other Blurring Boundaries: How Women Make a Difference in Electroacoustic Music1
Can we define a "women's music" in the field of electroacoustic composition? While Joke Dame (1994,23-25) notes that feminist musicology is at an impasse regarding the questions of the specific femininity of women's compositions and of the difference...
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In and out of the Sound Studio: A Resource List
I. TEXTS: BOOKS, ARTICLES AND JOURNALSAoyagi, H. 2005. Islands of eight million smiles: idol performance and symbolic production in contemporary Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, distributed by Harvard University Press.Beebe, R, D. Fulbrook...
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Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner. Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006. 301 pp. ISBN 0-7546-0461-6 (hardcover).Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner's Women Composers and Music Technology in the United...
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Vol. 26, No. 1, 2005

"A Confusion of Glory": Orthodox Visitors as Sources for Muscovite Musical Practice (Late 16th-Mid 17th Century)
The English party that arrived in Moscow in February 1664 was stunned by their reception in the Kremlin. Their scribe, Guy Miege, struggled to describe his impressions as the delegates embarked on their first audience with Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich (r....
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Music, Drinking and Dance at Aristocratic Russian Weddings under Peter the First as Witnessed by Friedrich Wilhelm Von Bergholz1
IntroductionOne of the hallmarks of Russian society under Tsar Peter the First's reign was a penchant for long, lively and often drunken parties. Virtually any excuse would do, but few occasions lent themselves as easily to extensive festivity as did...
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Great-Rag-Sketches Source Study for Stravinsky's Piano-Rag-Music
The contrived syntax of its hyphenated title suggests a compositional thesis for Stravinsky's Piano-Rag-Music. Virtuoso pianism-hallmarks of the ragtime style-musique pure: three dissimilar compositional objectives are forged into a musical alloy remarkable...
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Novák's Lucerna and the Historiographical Problem of "Czech Modernism"
The history of musical modernism-as told by postwar historians with a modernist agenda-notoriously avoided the obstacle of what to do with composers and communities that did not fit a teleological narrative supporting a "mainstream."1 Now that the heyday...
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Tonal and Rhythmic-Metric Process in Brahms's Early C-Minor Scherzos
That Brahms was powerfully influenced by Beethoven is well-established. In a famous outburst of frustration to the conductor Hermann Levi about composing a first symphony, Brahms confessed to hearing "the giant" marching continually behind him (Kalbeck...
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In Search of Alberto Guerrero
John Beckwith. 2006. In Search of Alberto Guerrero. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, xviii, 159 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-88920-496-6 (paperback).John Beckwith's recent book on the pianist Alberto Guerrero is a compelling narrative about a fascinating figure...
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Grundbegriffe der Musiktheorie Arnold Schönbergs
Andreas Jacob. 2005. Grundbegriffe der Musiktheorie Arnold Schönbergs. 2 vols. Hildesheim: Georg Olms. 1080 p. ISBN 3-487-1295-7 (hardcover).Recent Schoenberg research in Europe has tended toward biography, social setting, reception, and the composer's...
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Jean-Philippe Rameau, Platée: Ballet Bouffon En Un Prologue et Trois Actes
A TRIBUTE TO M. ELIZABETH C. BARTLET (1948-2005) Jean-Philippe Rameau, Platée: ballet bouffon en un prologue et trois actes, ed. M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet, Opera omnia, sen IV, vol. 10. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2005. XCVIII, 435pp. ISMN: M-006-52787-8 (hardcover).Although...
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Interpreting the Musical Past: Early Music in Nineteenth-Century France
Katherine Ellis. 2005. Interpreting the Musical Past: Early Music in Nineteenth-Century France. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Personalia, bibliography, and index, xxii, 295 pp. ISBN 0-19-517682-0 (hardcover).Few scholars other than Katharine...
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Vol. 25, No. 1/2, 2005

Northern Perspectives on Music and Culture
INTRODUCTIONWe are very pleased to present a selection of articles written by Finnish and Canadian scholars on subjects that examine cultural aspects of the composition, the performance, the reception and the interpretation of music. One common thread...
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Miniatures and Tensions: Phenomenological Reverberations in and around Kaija Saariaho's Lichtbogen (1985-86)
This article studies miniatures in Kaija Saariaho's Lichtbogen (1985-86). These forms present themselves as very concise musical spaces imbued with Bachelardian phenomenological reverberations. The miniature forms of Lichtbogen are of interest not only...
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Alexander Scriabin's and Igor Stravinsky's Influence upon Early Twentieth-Century Finnish Music: The Octatonic Collection in the Music of Uuno Klami, Aarre Merikanto and Väinö Raitio
INTRODUCTIONWith the end of World War I and Finland's declaration of independence in 1917, the country went through a number of seismic political and social changes.1 Not surprisingly, these substantial transformations to Finnish society were reflected...
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Northern Ways to Think about Music: Glenn Gould's Idea of North as an Aesthetic Category
When I went to the north, I had no intention of writing about it or of referring to it even parenthetically in anything that I wrote. And yet, almost despite myself, I began to draw all sorts of metaphorical allusions on what was really a very limited...
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Glenn Gould's Idea of North and the Production of Place in Music
Everything that Gould did was in a continuum with the original place and time that he had been afforded as a performer, the concert platform.Edward W. Said (1991, 33)In the lore and legend surrounding Glenn Gould, as well as in much scholarly writing,...
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Finno-Ugric Rune Song Tradition Revisited: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Värttinä's "ÄIjö"1
Contemporary Finnish folk music has been "hot stuff" in international world music circles for a decade or so. In this music-unlike in internationally successful contemporary Finnish rock (HIM, Nightwish, The Rasmus), techno (Darude) or rap (Bomfunk MC's)-the...
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Yrjö Kilpinen: Finnish Composer and German Lieder in the 1930s1
Three brief citations to begin this investigation: "As composer of Lieder, [he] has by all means the most productive disposition of this era" (Hapke 1936, 1152).2 "Here we have a truly creative talent by the grace of God, whose calling is to say important...
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"We Shall Be Better Canadians by Being Conscious Jews": Multiculturalism and the Construction of Canadian Identity in the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir1
One of the most compelling aspects of the history of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is the way in which the choir's musical activity was related, in a very conscious and deliberate way, to their identity and mission as a choir. This is especially the...
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Remembering a Dream: The Tragedy of Romantic Memory in the Modulatory Processes of Schubert's Sonata Forms
Yearning for an unattainable dream is a fundamental theme of early Romanticism. The object of longing may take various forms-from some dimly recalled state of union with nature to a more concrete sense of belonging in human society.1 The constant remembrance...
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Medieval Music-Making and the 'Roman De Fauvel'
Emma Dillon. 2002. Medieval Music-Making and the 'Roman de Fauvel'. New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xiv, 304 pp. ISBN 0521813719 (hardcover).Since the publication in 1990 of a complete facsimile...
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The Music of Harry Freedman
Gail Dixon. 2004. The Music of Harry Freedman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, viii, 190 pp. ISBN 0-8020-8964-X (hardcover).With the death of Harry Freedman in the fall of 2005, Canada's musical community mourned the loss of one of its most prolific...
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