Entertaining the shōgun
The riot at the Rite
The Wonder violin
Linked sword dances
Thakur and Mussolini
Ligeti and Africa
The Ring recast
Loïe Fuller's serpentine success
Greek and Roman musical studies
In early 2013 Brill launched Greek and Roman musical studies, the first specialist periodical in the fields of ancient Greek and Roman music. The journal will publish papers offering cultural, hist...
Historic Balinese gamelans
Ice dance defined
Brahms was Chilean
James Brown's Deleuzian idiocy
Werner Schroeter and Kulturscheisse
Willie Nelson goes to pot
Flower world/Mundo florido
Telek, Bridie, and schismogenesis
Waiting for qi
Tórtola Valencia and Otherness
Piatigorsky's youthful adventure
Caballé, Mercury, and Barcelona
Bebop and taxes
Marquis Yi's instrumentarium
Rahmaninov and Tolstoj
A lullaby for world music
Ballet and sauvagerie
Varieties of love
Cape Fear redux
19th-century acoustical research
An Astrinidīs resource
Lawrence Welk's chiffon paradise
Molly dancing redux
Random film accompaniment
Doc Watson's oral memoir
When David Holt asked Doc Watson to write an autobiography, he refused. Holt then said "What if you just tell your stories? I can ask you questions and we can record it and you can tell your storie...
Monumenta liturgiae et cantus
George Harrison's diagnosis
"Something wild" and identity shifts
Jonathan Demme included excerpts from over 40 recorded songs in the soundtrack for his film Something wild. As a late-20th-century update of screwball comedies, traits common to the genre—shifts in...
Writing for the centennial of Andrés Segovia's birth, the guitarist and writer Alison Bert mused on a telling recollection. "At the closing reception in the grassy courtyard, Segovia's genteel aide...
Boccherini and embodiment
Corelli in the wilderness
Music and delinquency
Frogs and films
Fred Astaire's drunk dances
In his comic depictions of drunk dancing, Astaire used choreography to project social views and feelings about drunkenness, and to set up tensions between those qualities of inebriation and the pre...
Stuttgarter Musikwissenschaftliche Schriften
In 2011 Schott launched the series Stuttgarter Musikwissenschaftliche Schriften with Was bleibt? 100 Jahre Neue Musik, edited by Andreas Meyer. Noting that the musical revolutions of Debussy, Strav...
Studien, Beiträge und Materialien zur Leschetizky-Forschung...
The series Studien, Beiträge und Materialien zur Leschetizky-Forschung was launched by Musikverlag Burkhard Muth in 2011 with Theodor Leschetizky by Annette Hullah, in a German translation from the...
Negativland and U2
17th-century Persian music
Lutosławski's mature style
Stravinsky and film
Connect 4™ music
Chopin's sympathetic nerves
Albéniz and Shaw
Coco-nut intellectual property
Cardinal O'Connor and crooning
Citizen Kane and the Isle of the Dead
A five-note motive in Rahmaninov's Ostrov mërtvyh (The isle of the dead, op. 29), which evokes the opening of the Dies irae melody used by Berlioz and Liszt, is strikingly similar to what Bernard H...
John Cage, visual artist
Best known as an experimental composer and performer, Cage (1912-92) was also a visual artist who created an extensive body of prints, drawings, and watercolors during the last 20 years of his life...
Exotic dance and civil liberties
The woodwind hotel
Launched in 2011 by the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz Library, Dead studies builds on momentum that has been growing among Grateful Dead researchers for some 15 y...
Instrument makers' catalogues
The twelve days of Christmas
Moroccan insult contests
Radio for cows
Zoltán Kodály, ethnomusicologist
An early portable radio
Franck and Rodin
Louie Louie and the FBI
Stravinsky and recording
Lloyd Miller and Oriental jazz
Women and gramophones
Blake and Jerusalem
Technical drawings of instruments are of interest to instrument builders, organologists, and iconographers—they may also be useful for researchers working on performance practice, theory, or aesthe...
With outward horror, but with secret envy, let us contemplate a man who is wealthy, unambitious, and unencumbered. After breakfast he lights a cigar, sinks into an armchair, and rings for the butle...
Music for cats
Musicforcats.com presents music by David Teie that is based on feline vocal communication and environmental sounds that pique the interest of cats, written in a musical language that is uniquely de...
Subversive belly dancing
The role of the belly dancer at elite weddings in Cairo illuminates Egyptian attitudes toward sexuality. The dancer plays on ambiguous evaluations, using the wit associated with baladī-class women ...
Hogarth and dance
William Hogarth explicitly positioned his aesthetic theory in opposition to those of his contemporaries. He disagreed both with philosophical treatments that viewed beauty and taste in moral terms ...
Frank Zappa and Uncle Meat
The 1969 double album Uncle Meat by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention is a collage of rock, jazz, modernist art music, parodies of 1950s pop songs, and documentary-style spoken passages; two...
Violins and fungi
In the late 17th and early 18th century the great violin maker Antonio Stradivari used a special wood that had grown in the cold period between 1645 and 1715. In the long winters and the cool summe...
Paganini and Marfan syndrome
Since the 1950s scientists have increasingly agreed that Paganini was probably a victim of Marfan syndrome—although beneficiary seems a more appropriate word than victim. The typical characteristic...
Music on money
Like postage stamps, musical subjects depicted on money represent a type of iconography that is controlled by governmental organizations; their didactic goals are minimal, and their political role ...
The Gnawa ma'llem (spirit master) Abdellah El-Gourd and the African American jazz pianist Randy Weston met in El-Gourd's native Tangier in the early 1970s; over the next 30 years their interactions...
Record album covers comprise a genre of music iconography that shows how musicians wish to be perceived—or how their producers wish them to be perceived. This type of iconography makes no claim to ...
Solti and world peace
After a surprise 80th birthday party hosted by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, Georg Solti thanked the multinational ensemble that had just performed and wondered aloud why musicians f...
The first musical comedy
The earliest known secular stage play with music, Adam de la Halle's Le jeu de Robin et de Marion, has been touted as the first musical comedy. Of the two extant sources, the Paris version is by fa...
Johannes Brahms, railfan
Brahms's correspondence reveals that he was very fond of railroad travel; nowadays he might be called a railfan. In an 1881 letter to George Henschel, Brahms noted that he was spending the summer i...
Vaughan Williams and Blake
Vaughan Williams's Job: A masque for dancing is based on William Blake's cycle of illustrations of the biblical tale; but a study of the scenario and of preserved correspondence indicates disparate...
The signifyin(g) rabbit
Bugs Bunny has been recuperated as a queer cultural icon, a parodic diva whose campy excesses and canny games are profoundly though tacitly indebted to the African-American rhetorical tradition of ...
Globalization of the Rising Sun
Most people know the The House of the Rising Sun as a 1964 hit by The Animals about a place in New Orleans—a whorehouse or a prison or a gambling joint that has been the ruin of many poor girls &he...
Musicalia Medii Aevi
A series launched by Brepols in 2011, Musicalia Medii Aevi is a collection of international studies that welcomes writings and reflections on the most innovative aspects of medieval musicology. As ...
Elephants can communicate using sounds below the range of human hearing (infrasounds below 20 hertz). These vocalizations have been presumed to be produced in the larynx, either by neurally control...
Dylan and devotion
Small talk at the wall, a Yahoo! Group honoring Bob Dylan, has established a weekly hoot night—a chat room where Dylan's songs are performed by its members. These hoot nights can be read into a for...
The day Herrmann's score stood still
Bernard Herrmann's score for Robert Wise's The day the earth stood still (1950) is widely celebrated among film historians, and its use of theremins and other electronic instruments makes it the fi...
Jazz and globalization
The music of the South Korean vocalist Na Yun-seon may be understood as challenging which sounds may be classified as jazz, and who may be included in its audiences. Na may also be seen as negotiat...
Bach's youthful indescretions
Although we think of Bach as a paragon of devotion to duty and hard work, school records indicate that as a child he was an inveterate class cutter. This gives a wrong impression, however; he was m...
Styles of singing in which pitch is fixed, categorical, and independent of loudness originated in prehistoric times as a by-product of the development of musical instruments capable of this loudnes...
The Jazz Baron
Known in Denmark and New York as The Jazz Baron because of his noble lineage, Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a journalist, author, concert and record producer, broadcaster, and entrepreneur with...
Prokof'ev's bad dog
In 1917 Prokof'ev briefly returned to one of his childhood interests: writing fiction. He considered what this pursuit entailed. "My style caused me concern," he wrote. "Did it have individuality o...
Farinelli's physical fitness
Today, on the 230th anniversary of the death of virtuoso castrato Farinelli (1705-82), let's make a pilgrimage to his grave, as did the authors of a study that involved exhuming him to gain insight...
Kodály and somatic eruption
There are various basic orientations, persuasions, and biases underlying specific uses of metaphors of somatic eruption. An alternative reading of body fluids as metaphoric sites of festive critiqu...
Basse danse with attitude II
The letters of Andrea Calmo, a 16th-century Venetian actor and playwright who wrote of having been taught the bassadanza by wolves, highlight how dance was regarded by a member of the middle classe...
John Cage unbound
John Cage unbound: A living archive is an online multimedia project about the American composer and avant-garde music pioneer. Hosted by the New York Public Library, the project invites musicians a...
Operas as graphic novels
With their dramatic action and vivid characters, operas have inspired a number of graphic novels, including books by P. Craig Russell and a series (now out of print) produced in collaboration with ...
Glass harmonica horrors
Although it was championed by the likes of Mozart and Benjamin Franklin, in its heyday the glass harmonica was also the object of considerable trepidation. In the 18th century music was regarded by...
Debussy and gamelan
Debussy first heard Javanese gamelan music from a relatively small group at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle; he finally heard a full ensemble at the 1900 Exposition. While he generally disapp...
Operatic degeneracy II
La verità mascherata (Milan, 1681), an anonymous and apparently fictional account of a libertine's reform, includes a description of an elaborate opera performance on the occasion of a royal weddin...