Society for Music Theory

Editor’s Message

Tim Koozin and I have again collaborated as MTO co-editors in this third volume of 2008. I would like to take a minute to acknowledge Tim’s continuing service to MTO. He has served as editor since acting as co-editor with Eric Isaacson in 2002, and, so far, he has overseen the publication of 27 volumes (with one left to go)! His shoes are rather large, but fortunately, I have another 20 (or so) volumes in which to fill them. We are fortunate to have the help of our crew of Assistant Editors that have worked with Brent Yorgason in preparing this volume: Sean Atkinson (Florida State University), William Guerin (Indiana University), and Mitch Ohriner (Indiana University). We also have one new addition to our editorial staff, Jennie Smith (Florida State University).

Volume 14.3 features two exciting articles dealing with sets and scales in the 20th-Century repertoire, an article-length book review, and a report authored by the six workshop leaders from the 2008 Mannes Institute.

Guy Capuzzo’s succinct article, “Maximally Alpha-Like Operations” explores the ways in which z-related sets map onto one another, expanding upon Robert Morris’s work (1982) to define a new set of operations for this purpose.

Vasileios Kallis’s article, “Principles of Pitch Organization in Scriabin’s Early Post-tonal Period: The Piano Miniatures,” examines Scriabin’s use of the acoustic (7-34) and octatonic scales in the works of the composer’s early post-tonal period (1909-1912).

Brad Osborn takes on a challenging and innovative set of essays in his article-length review of Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing, edited by Andrew Dell’ Antonio (University of California Press, 2004).

Finally, this volume includes a report on the 2008 Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (Jazz Meets Pop). Founded and directed by Wayne Alpern (Mannes College of Music), the Mannes Institute is the only high-level think tank dedicated to music-theory scholarship. The report is coauthored by the six workshop leaders of this year’s institute: Henry Martin, Cynthia Folio, Steve Larson, Lori Burns, John Covach, and Walter Everett.

Also included are listings for employment opportunities, calls for papers and other announcements, and new dissertations.

Submissions to MTO are welcome at any time. We invite full-length articles, shorter commentaries, and innovative electronic formats. Comments in response to this issue’s articles may be submitted to the Editor for publication in the next issue.

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Matthew Shaftel      
Music Theory Online
Florida State University
College of Music
Tallahassee, FL 32306