Around the net: what others are saying

Keeping up with my own research and identifying topics to write about is hard, considering I have four blogs to feed. I also have to keep up with what other bloggers have to say. All the “big time” bloggers seem to have gone from writing their own content to something called content curation. That is, their blogs are nothing but guest posts and links to other content. I have no intention of doing that, but it occurs to me that occasionally calling attention to interesting posts on other blogs does you, my readers, a service and takes some pressure off … Continue reading

Le saquebute

Readers may recognize the title of this post, and of the article reproduced above, as the French cognate for the old English word “sackbut,” or trombone. And of course it is. For anyone who doesn’t read French, however, the article is actually about a French trombone sextet founded in 1909. It played nothing but music written for trombone. Surely that means transcribed. Hardly any original trombone ensemble music existed then, and I doubt if any exists even now for the group’s instrumentation. It used six different sizes of trombone, one each of piccolo (!), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, and contrabass. … Continue reading

Welcome to Musicology for Everyone

I’m not sure when I first heard the word musicology, but it must have been some time before I had any interest in pursuing it seriously. I majored in composition and trombone performance as an undergraduate. I have a masters in musicology, but started to work on a doctorate in performance before I decided musicology was a better fit. When I started college, I had a double major in music and history. (And yes, my music major was a double major, too. Kids! Think they can do it all! What a glutton for punishment!) The history major did not survive … Continue reading