Annotation for Kramer, Jonathan D.
Studies of Time and Music: A Bibliography.
Annotation (by Artie Samplaski):
- This bibliography was written for a special "Musical Time"
issue of Music Theory Spectrum. At the time of its compilation,
issues of time still received short shrift in music theory as a discipline;
as Kramer notes, neither
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
(the main English-language encyclopedia for music) nor RILM
(the international bibliographic project that attempts to list all scholarly
publications in music) had a separate category for time, and
The Music Index (another major bibliographic series, which is not
limited to scholarly publications) had only recently begun
to list articles under the heading 'Time.' Kramer's goal was to
fill that gap by making available a listing of studies about time
"which treat music in a substantive manner." His job was made difficult
by the necessity of defining the field of 'musical time,' since
studies about time are interdisciplinary and he did not wish
to be either too restrictive or too inclusive. Furthermore, categories
within the bibliography were "no more rigorously defined than the field
itself," and a number of items could ift any of several slots--Kramer
does not attempt any cross listings. An incomplete list of areas largely
omitted includes references dealing with music therapy, music
notation, child development, music appreciation, and music education, as
well as any master's theses or items originally published before 1900.
Kramer's list of categories is: Aesthetics; Analysis; Contemporary Techniques;
Ethnomusicology; Harmonic Rhythm; Information Theory; History;
Music Theory; Other Arts; Perception; Phenomenology; Proportion; Psychology;
Rhythm and Meter; Science and Technology; Tempo; and Textbooks and Bibliography.
A total of 859 items are listed.