13, no. 1:
A Note from the Editor
It is fortuitous that this
issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music can present related
articles about two important composers of the seventeenth century, both
having had careers that crossed national borders, and the articles themselves
being in three different languages. The articles by Michael Klaper and
Alessio Ruffatti about Luigi Rossi bring new knowledge about his opera
LOrfeo and his cantatas. The three pieces related to Johann
Jacob Froberger all deal in one way or another with the sources that transmit
his keyboard music. We are very grateful to Sothebys in London
for permission to reprint the brochure that the auction house produced
on the occasion of the sale of a hitherto unknown—and unsuspected—holograph
of Frobergers. Where the manuscript was for the last 350 years
is not public knowledge, nor is the identity of the private collector
who now owns it. Although we all hope that at some point the manuscript
will be made available for study, at the moment our knowledge is limited
to the observations of a few people who were able to examine it while
it was in Sothebys care: Stephen Roe and Peter Wollny, who assisted
Simon Maguire in producing the brochure; David Schulenberg, who studied
the manuscript when it was on display in New York; and Bob van Asperen,
who similarly examined it in London. David Schulenbergs essay was
stimulated by a group of editions and recordings that came out before
the new manuscript surfaced, but was completed after that discovery. Both
it and Bob van Asperens article are wide ranging, and they consider
the same sources of Frobergers music from differing perspectives.
Complementing these articles
is a group of reviews by leading scholars. They deal with important contributions
about both sacred and secular music from Italy, Germany, England, and
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. The present issue has two interesting
corrections to information in the previous number.
New to the JSCM website
is the first number in a series we have named JSCM
Instrumenta. The series will consist of individual collections
of data to provide resources that aid in the study and performance of
seventeenth-century music. Unlike articles in JSCM, instrumenta
are revised by the author when new information is discovered. The first
number, published in 2007 has already had one revision as of this writing.
Proposals from authors for
articles are always welcome at JSCM (see the Guidelines
for Contributors). I call authors attention to the fact that
we publish a Style Sheet, which can be downloaded from the Guidelines
page. Another page on our site, Support JSCM,
encourages financial support from readers who find JSCM useful.
We have no intention of charging any fee to read this journal, but its
production is not without considerable expense.
Since my last note,
there have been a three changes in the team that makes JSCM possible.
We warmly thank Mauro Calcagno, retiring from the Board. We especially
thank Stephen Miller for his hard work during his term as Reviews Editor,
and we welcome Beth Glixon, who has joined us in that position. The full
listing of the editorial team can be seen in the new 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 for the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.
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