Volume 8, Number 1, February 2002
Copyright © 2002 Society for Music Theory

New Books


Paul-André Bempéchat, ed. Liber amicorum Isabelle Cazeaux: Symbols, Parallels and Discoveries in Her Honor. Pendragon Press.

Subject: Isabelle Cazeaux Festschrift

Dear Colleagues,

I'm delighted to inform you that the Festschrift for Professor Isabelle Cazeaux is now in press and will be released by Pendragon late this summer or early fall. Those interested in purchasing a copy should reserve as early as possible through Mr. Robert Kessler at Pendragon Press: or

Below follows the publisher's description of the volume:

Liber amicorum Isabelle Cazeaux: Symbols, Parallels and Discoveries in Her Honor; Paul Andre Bempechat, editor

The Grande Dame of Franco-American musicology, Professor Emerita Isabelle Cazeaux (Bryn Mawr College, 1963-1992) is here honored with twenty-seven articles, contributed by her devoted students, colleagues, and admirers from far and wide, and including an original piece composed especially for this volume. Contributors offer essays spanning all eras and encompassing virtually all branches of musicology: aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, history, historiography, organology and philosophy. For example, Alexander Blachly gives us fresh historical insights into Josquin's Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie ; in "Point-counter-point: Schoenberg meets Bach," John Daverio examines issues of synthesis and aesthetics between the two grand moguls; Mark DeVoto infuses a fresh perspective on parallel harmony in Debussy; Rabbi Daniel Katz examines the evolution of the Kol Nidrei in Denmark; Edward Lippman elucidates the problems of musical hermenutics; and, Ralph Locke explores the border territory between American opera/operetta and Broadway musical as he juxtaposes West Side Story and Four Saints in Three Acts.

No 19 in THE FESTSCHRIFT SERIES; $64.00 cloth ISBN 1-57647-091-1

Paul-André Bempéchat:

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R. I. Godřy and H. Jřrgensen, ed.
Musical Imagery. Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers.

Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers proudly announce the publication of: Musical Imagery

Edited by R .I. Godřy and H. Jřrgensen

I would like to offer you a 15% DISCOUNT if you order this book now. Please fill out the attached order form and fax it to the following fax number:

(+31) 252 435 447. Alternatively you can mail it to the address below.

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David Temperley. The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures. MIT Press.

In this book David Temperley addresses a fundamental question about music cognition: how do we extract basic kinds of musical information, such as meter phrase structure, counterpoint, pitch spelling, harmony, and key from music as we hear it? Taking a computational approach, Temperley develops models for generating these aspects of musical structure. The models he proposes are based on preference rules, which are criteria for evaluating a possible structural analysis of a piece of music. A preference rule system evaluates many possible interpretations and chooses the one that best satisfies the rules.

After an introductory chapter, Temperley presents preference rule systems for generating six basic kinds of musical structure: meter, phrase structure, contrapuntal structure, harmony, and key, as well as pitch spelling (the labeling of pitch events with spellings such as A flat or G sharp). He suggests that preference rule systems not only show how musical structures are inferred, but also shed light on other aspects of music. He substantiates this claim with discussions of musical ambiguity, retrospective revision, expectation, and music outside the Western canon (rock and traditional African music). He proposes a framework for the description of musical styles based on preference rule systems and explores the relevance of preference rule systems to higher-level aspects of music, such as musical schemata, narrative and drama, and musical tension.

David Temperley is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music.

7 x 9, 360 pp., 211 illus., ISBN 0-262-20134-8

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MIT Press
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Updated 18 November 2002 by Tim Koozin, co-editor