International Music Journals

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Linda M. Fidler, Richard S. James
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Music - 544 pages
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Fidler and James have edited a guide that characterizes and evaluates, in depth, the leading journals throughout the musical professions. The listings number some 170 titles, selected for their historical as well as contemporary significance. . . . T]his guide makes a significant contribution to the literature and is recommended for all academic libraries.


"International Music Journals" is an international and cross-disciplinary guide to periodical literature in music. It deals not only with scholarly journals, but with those journals important to the music profession, from flautists and theorists, to musicologists and educators. Thus, in addition to journals representing the traditional fields of music scholarship (musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, therapy, and education), those publications important to various areas of music performance, composition, popular music, discography, and librarianship are included.

Within this broad scope, approximately 200 of the most important titles are treated extensively. Each entry addresses five general aspects of the journal: historical background (founding and intent, editors, publishers, frequency, title, and title changes); physical description (format, illustrations); contents (subject area(s), scope, features, special issues); critical assessment (intended audience, level and quality, editorial policy, impact, innovations, outstanding issues, and articles); and bibliography (external indexes, reviews of or articles on the journal). In addition to the major entries, the book also features an introductory essay on and bibliography of the history of music periodicals; an appendix of significant journals inaugurated since 1980; a chronology; biographical notes on the contributors; and an extensive index by title, title variants, editors, general topic, geographical region, and publisher. This will be an essential tool for everyone interested in any aspect of music.

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New Journals of the 1980s
Music Periodical Indexes
Chronological Listing of Periodicals by Title

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About the author (1990)

LINDA M. FIDLER is Assistant Professor and Head of the Music Library at Bowling Green State University.

RICHARD S. JAMES teaches musicology, music appreciation, and early music performance at Bowling Green State University.

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