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Volume 11, no. 1:

A Note from the Editor

With this issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, we return to our usual style of addressing a variety of seventeenth-century topics, reflecting a variety of methodologies. Peter Pesic addresses the influence of practical music making in the theoretical writings of Kepler; Ken McLeod explores allegorical understandings of the figure of Venus in English theatrical music; and Gary Boye proposes a radically revised dating for what has previously been considered a seminal early guitar tablature. Having held back reviews in the previous two issues devoted to single topics, we are pleased to publish a rich array here, written by leading figures in the field, and prefaced by a wide-ranging essay by David Schulenburg on editorial issues raised by the music of Scheidemann and Bull.

We encourage communications from readers about issues that our articles and reviews treat. Such communications are published in a subsequent issue of JSCM, with a note and link appended to the original article (see, for example, the bibliographic correction provided by François-Pierre Goy in the last issue). The present issue presents a communication of a completely different sort, the announcement and explanation a new online database for chant in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, guided by a French and American group of scholars. Its beginning point is seventeenth-century French chant publications.

Proposals from authors for articles are always welcome at JSCM (see the Guidelines for Contributors). I call authors’ attention to the fact that we have a Style Sheet, which can be downloaded from the Guidelines page.

Since my last “note,” there have been a small number of changes in the team who make JSCM possible. We warmly thank Alexander Silbiger, retiring from the Board, for all he has done for the Journal; he was a leading member of the committee that initially conceived an online journal for the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and has been tireless in helping to steer it. We welcome Kenneth Gilbert to the Board, who brings the experience of his prestigeous career as harpsichord and organist, not to mention his extensive work as a musical editor. Stephen R. Miller has graciously accepted the position of Reviews Editor, replacing Jeffrey Kurtzman, who remains on the Board. The full listing of the editorial team can be seen in the Masthead. Finally, I wish to thank Paul Arroyo and his staff at the University of Illinois Press for continued cooperative technical work in publishing JSCM with the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

Bruce Gustafson (



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