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To have a child lead an orchestra is an anomaly, yet this situation was encouraged, celebrated, or simply tolerated hundreds of times throughout the twentieth century. This article reconstructs the Western cultural phenomenon of the child conductor from its emergence in music halls in the 1910s...
This article focuses on the effects of extensive melodic repetition in twelve Old French monophonic songs preserved in chansonniers (song books) from the thirteenth century. All these songs share a specific formal pattern: at least three initial poetic verses (or pairs of verses) set to the same...
The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) is extraordinarily popular in Japan; he is among the most frequently performed orchestral composers, and even Empress Emerita Michiko is known as a Sibelius enthusiast. This article charts the composer’s rise to prominence and investigates his...
Or voit tout en aventure by Guido is often regarded as an archetype of the late-medieval notationally and rhythmically complex style that musicologists term the ars subtilior. Transmitted in Chantilly, Musée Condé, MS 564, the ballade has gained notoriety for both its self-reflexive text and its...
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