[Smt-talk] examples of great prose in music scholarship

Deborah Rohr drohr at skidmore.edu
Mon May 7 13:20:51 PDT 2012

I would like to tap the assembled wisdom on this list as I plan a course for music majors on writing about music.  The course will emphasize prose style, and will note some of the parallel properties of music and prose.  Among the aspects we will consider are clarity and economy, rhythm and pacing, beauty of sound, logical development of ideas, and persuasive argumentation.  I am interested in collecting examples--books, articles, or even short passages--from any branch of music scholarship or criticism that have appealed to you specifically for the beauty and/or power of the prose.  Thank you for sending along your suggestions, and if anyone would like a copy of the completed list, I would be happy to share it.

Deborah Rohr

Associate Professor

Department of Music

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY


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