A Note from the Editor
With this issue we commence publication as the official, refereed journal
of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. During the months of silence
since the appearance of our prototype issue last year we have assembled
an editorial board, developed policies, and begun the process of collecting
articles, sending them out for peer review, and preparing them for publication.
Since we do not have to worry about contractual obligations to a printer,
we have decided to publish single articles as soon as they are ready rather
than holding them until a traditional multi-article issue could be assembled.
Here, as in every aspect of this journal, we aim to uphold the highest
standards of our discipline in the scholarly essentials while exploring
all the possibilities that this flexible new medium offers. I am delighted
that the first article to be ready was written by a member of the Editorial
Board, Alexander Silbiger.
We continue to investigate various options in presenting sound with
our articles. In this issue we offer three examples of harpsichord music
in MIDI format. The degree to which they resemble an actual harpsichord
will vary with the configuration of individual computers. MIDI's advantage
lies in the fact that its files are much smaller than recorded audio files,
and therefore they can be downloaded much more quickly. For example, Sanford's
19-second audio example 5 in volume 1 (note 1)
occupies 1,170 kilobytes of disk space, whereas Silbiger's 45-second MIDI
example 1 in this issue uses only 1.99 kilobytes. Please refer to the
technical notes on the
Journal's home page for more information on MIDI format and send me your
comments concerning its use in this article.
Kerala J. Snyder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
1. Sally A. Sanford, "A Comparison of French and Italian Singing in the Seventeenth Century," Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 1 (1995) <http://www.sscm-jscm/v1/no1/sanford.html>, par. 2.6.
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