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Remembering Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Pity the composer who has the misfortune to produce a work whose popularity overshadows the remainder of his or her creative output. Take young Pietro Mascagni as an example. In an attempt to win some prize money, feed his family and gain the attention of publishers, he put his beloved magnum opus, Guglielmo Ratcliff, on hold in order to throw together an entry for a one-act opera competition. As a result, he not only became famous overnight, but also created the verismo movement in music. Within a few years, he became one of the wealthiest composers in the world.

New Fontes column: Briefs / Feuilletons / Blätter

As I prepare my first issue of Fontes Artis Musicae, I wanted to bring to your attention a new column titled "Briefs / Feuilletons / Blätter" which will feature notices of significant acquisitions, gifts, grants, developments in the music trade, upcoming meetings, calls for papers, or anything else that might be suitable for Fontes. If you have such news, please send me a brief announcement via e-mail attachment to by 11 AUGUST 2015.
Many thanks!
Jim Cassaro

IMS 2017 in Tokyo, Call for Papers

The 20th Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS) will be held March 19 - March 23, 2017 in Tokyo. We have recently released a “Call for Papers” on our website (, and all musicologists and researchers in relevant fields, be they IMS members or not, are cordially invited to participate.


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