With this issue of JSCM we publish for the first time under our own domain name, sscm-jscm.org, standing, of course, for the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music. Please change your bookmarks accordingly. The Journal still resides on a Harvard server, so the old address continues to function, but if we should ever have to change servers, it is the new address that will stay with us.
This issue also marks our first publication of a collection of articles devoted to a single topic, the patronage of sacred music in seventeenth-century Italy, under the guest editorship of Jeffrey Kurtzman, the founding president of our Society and a member of the JSCM Editorial Board. I am enormously grateful to him for collecting and editing this splendid group of articles. We currently have two other special issues in the planning stage.
These six articles could easily have appeared in a printed journal, but I call your attention to the Appendix of Edmund Strainchamps's article on Marco da Gagliano for a demonstration of one of the particular strengths of Web publication. Most printed journals do not enjoy the luxury of being able to print complete transcriptions of all the archival documents on which an article is based. Readers of JSCM, however, do not have to travel to Florence or Mantua (as nice as that would be!) in order to place the quotations in context; the complete documents are just a click away.
Finally, a special note to our readers around the globe: In my capacity as Editor of this Journal, I will be participating in a joint session at the conference Musical Intersections: Toronto 2000 <www.utoronto.ca/conf2000/>, "Death or Transfiguration? What Future Readerships, Media, and Market Forces Hold for Scholarly Publication and Writings on Music." I know from our statistics that our readership extends far beyond the membership of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. As I prepare my remarks, it would be helpful for me to know who you are, where you are, what you do, and what you think of JSCM. Please write to me, before October 15, with "JSCM reader" in the subject heading. Many thanks!
Kerala J. Snyder, Editor-in-Chief
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