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Considering Antonio Rosetti and His Passion Oratorio

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By Sterling E. Murray

Many years ago, while searching for a dissertation topic, I came upon a volume of five symphonies by the Bohemian composer Antonio Rosetti (ca. 1750–92). I had never heard of Rosetti, and I was quite surprised at the high quality of these works. This discovery served as the topic of my dissertation (“The Symphonies of Anton Rosetti,” University of Michigan, 1972). But more than that, it initiated what was to be a lifetime of research devoted to this composer and his musical world.

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Music under Quarantine: Two Views from Milan, 1576 and 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By Remi Chiu

In March 2020 Raffaele Kohler, a Milanese trumpeter quarantined at home on account of COVID-19, found internet fame when a video of him playing his instrument at his window began circulating. Kohler explains that he played in order to instill hope, to cheer up and lend strength to his city. He also notes Milan has never faced such complete disruption before, not even under the bombardment of war. In fact, Milan has met with and overcome similar circumstances before. In one well-documented case—an especially devastating outbreak of plague in Milan between 1576 and 1578—the city also ground to a halt. And the Milanese, under a strict quarantine, even adopted a similar musical response.

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Protip: Best Practices for Naming Electronic Manuscript Files

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

Did you know that you can help your copyeditor by submitting judiciously named electronic manuscript files? A-R’s production staff works directly with electronic files as they prepared editions for publication. Our copyeditors must therefore supply them with vetted files and clear directions for assembling the files into the edition, and that starts with naming the files accordingly. By using the tips given here, you can save your copyeditor time by assisting in this process.

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The Forerunner in the Race: Struggles of a Victorian Woman Composer

Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By Ian Graham-Jones

It was nearly thirty years ago that a collection of manuscripts, together with a few printed editions, of the music of Alice Mary Smith (1837–84) came into my possession following the death of the composer’s grandson. They were in a haphazard state—some had been kept in an old garage, others, more damaged, in a leaking garden shed. Besides a number of full scores, there were bundles of complete sets of orchestral parts, miscellaneous drafts and scraps of manuscript, and even harmony and species counterpoint exercises. But it was not until after my retirement that I was able to spend time assessing the worth of the collection and realizing that Smith was the first British woman composer to have any success in writing in larger-scale forms and, moreover, in having her works performed.

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Fond Farewell, Warm Welcome

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

We bid a fond farewell and offer many thanks to Rufus Hallmark for his many, many years of counsel and collaboration as series editor for Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. And we warmly welcome a new series editor, Francesca Brittan. 

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