Musicology Department

Musicology Reading Group

MA Reading Group

Fridays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in M267

Sources for Publications of Interest to Musicologists

Sources from which students may draw essays and book chapters for discussion in the MA reading group.

  1. A list of new and recent books of interest to musicologists:

  2. A list of periodicals of interest to musicologists. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; it contains the journals from which MA reading group selections have been made since February 2007, but students are also encouraged to explore other publications in the Cook Music Library. The contents of these journals are available through the library's online catalogue.
  • 19th-Century Music 
  • American Music
  • Beethoven Forum 
  • Black Music Research Journal 
  • Cambridge Opera Journal 
  • Critical Inquiry 
  • Early Music 
  • Early Music History 
  • Echo: A Music-Centered Journal
  • Eighteenth Century Music
  • Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • Journal of Film Music
  • Journal Of Musicological Research 
  • Journal of Musicology
  • Journal of the Royal Musical Association 
  • Journal of the Society for American Music 
  • Music & Letters
  • Music Theory Spectrum 
  • Musical Quarterly 
  • Popular Music and Society 
  • Representations
  • twentieth-century music
  • Women and Music
Spring 2017
  • [Readings from Spring 2017 forward are posted on Box]
Fall 2016
  • Sept. 2: William Cheng, Just Vibrations, the Purpose of Sounding Good, Foreword and Introduction
  • Sept. 16: William Cheng, Just Vibrations, the Purpose of Sounding Good, chapter 1 ("Aching for Repair")
  • Sept. 30: William Cheng, Just Vibrations, the Purpose of Sounding Good, chapter 2 ("Sing the Ivory Tower Blues")
  • Oct. 14: William Cheng, Just Vibrations, the Purpose of Sounding Good, chapter 3 ("How Hopeful the Queer")
  • Oct. 28: William Cheng, Just Vibrations, the Purpose of Sounding Good, chapter 4 ("Earsplitting") and Coda ("If We Break...")
Spring 2016
  • [Readings posted on Box]
Fall 2015
  • Sept. 4: Phil Ford's blog entry "How to Read Academic Writing" and Pierpaolo Polzonetti, “Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 67 (2014): 429-486 []
  • Sept. 18: Balestrini, Nassim. "Strategic Visuals in Hip-Hop Life Writing." Popular Music and Society 38, No. 2 (2015): 224-242.
  • Oct. 2: James, Robin. “Neoliberal noise: Attali, Foucalt and the Biopolitics of uncool.” Culture, Theory, and Critique 55, No. 2 (2014): 138-158.
  • Oct. 16: Rando, David P. "The Music of Wish Images: Walter Benjamin, Filesharing, and Utopia." Journal of Popular Music Studies 26, no. 2-3 (2014): 321-345
  • Oct. 23: Shreffler, Anne C., 'Cold War Dissonance: Dahlhaus, Taruskin, and the Critique of the Politically Engaged Avant-garde' in Kultur und Musik nach 1945: Ästhetik im Zeichen des Kalten Krieges (conference report from Hambacher Schloss, 11-12 March 2013), Ulrich Blomann (ed.) (Saarbrüchen: Pfau-Verlag, 2015): 40-60
Spring 2015
  • Jan. 23: Ho-Chak Law, “King Hu’s Cinema Opera in his Early Wuxia Films,” Music and the Moving Image 7, no. 3 (2014): 24-40
  • Feb. 13: Daniel Chua, “Beethoven Going Blank,” The Journal of Musicology 31, no. 3 (2014): 299-325
  • Feb. 20: Paul L. Tyler, "Hillbilly Music Re-imagined: Folk and Country Music in the Midwest,” The Journal of American Folklore 127, no. 504 (Spring 2014)
  • Mar. 6: Craig Jennex, "Diva Worship and the Sonic Search for Queer Utopia,” Popular Music and Society 36, no. 3 (2013): 343-59
  • March 27: Ming Tsao, "Helmut Lachenmann’s ‘Sound Types,’” Perspectives of New Music 52, no. 1 (2014): 217-38
  • Apr. 10: Sam Baltimore, “‘With My Freeze Ray, I Will Stop—': Carnival Incompleteness in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” Music and the Moving Image 7, no. 1 (2014): 24-39
  • Apr. 24: Excerpts from Continuum 33 1/3 series books: Erik Davis on Led Zeppelin IV and Sean Nelson on Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark
Fall 2014
  • Sept. 5: Mitchell Morris, "Introduction" and "The Voice of Karen Carpenter," in The Persistence of Sentiment (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 1-34, 118-42
  • Sept. 19: Devine, Kyle. “A Mysterious Music in the Air: Cultural Origins of the Loudspeaker.” Popular Music History 8, no. 1 (2013): 5-28
  • Sept. 26: Warren, Jeff R. "Introduction" and "Ethical Responsibility and Other People's Music." In Music and Ethical Responsibility (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014): 1-11, 165-183
  • Oct. 17: Benjamin Piekut (2014). “Actor-Networks in Music History: Clarifications and Critiques.” Twentieth-Century Music, 11, pp 191-215. doi:
  • Dec. 5: Siepmann, Daniel. “A Slight Delay: Agency and Improvisation in the Ambien Sound World.” Perspectives of New Music 48, no. 1 (2010): 173-199
  • Dec. 12: Willgoss, Richard. “Creativity in Contemporary Art Music Composition.” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 43, no. 1 (2012): 423-437