The authors of the reviews featured below are recipients of the Eva Judd O’Meara award presented annually by the Music Library Association for the best review published inNotes. As one of the founding members of MLA, Eva Judd O'Meara (1884–1979) was editor of the first series ofNotes(1934–1941) and for several years was the chair of the Cataloging Committee. Much of her long and distinguished career was spent at Yale University where she served as the first music librarian. A leader in national music library affairs, O'Meara received theMLA Citation in 1965.
The encyclopedic articulation of a world presupposes, in a way that the art of the summa does not, a plurality of dichotomies and discourses. Oppositions concerning the nature of meaningfulness, understanding, and knowledge itself are at its core. What is knowledge? And what determines its relationship to information?
Anyone setting out to explore France and the French, whether from a historical perspective or in the present, will sooner or later come up against what we might term the three "P's" of Philosophy, Politics, and Paris. Each of these, either alone or in potent, inherently unstable combination, exerts its influence on a fourth "P," which is "Patriotism." It is thus not at all surprising to find all four "P's" playing their part in Katharine Ellis's fascinating exploration of early music in nineteenth-century France...
The study of narrative (narratology) was once prominent in American musicology. From the 1980s into the early 1990s, essays by, among others, Anthony Newcomb, Carolyn Abbate, Leo Treitler, and Lawrence Kramer probed music's capacity to tell stories as well as the structures that storytelling imposed on the discourse of musicology.
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