This volume has been a collaborative project from the start. It originated in meetings with Amy Beal, Eric Drott, and Peter Schmelz at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Seattle. Over the next year, suggestions for further possible contributors were exchanged, and newly approached contributors in turn made their own suggestions. I am immensely grateful to all the contributors for their enthusiasm, their ideas, and their patience as the volume has taken its final shape. I hope they will be pleased with the outcome.
Our editor at Oxford University Press, Suzanne Ryan, has been just as influential a collaborator. She commissioned anonymous reviewers whose insightful reports helped to improve the volume immeasurably, and added her own encouragement and sound advice at many stages along the way. Her assistants, Norm Hirschy and Lora Dunn, have also been unfailingly helpful and efficient in their responses to my numerous queries.
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