Millennial mega-meeting

Irvine, Thomas (2001) Millennial mega-meeting. Early Music, 29, (1), 150-151. (doi:10.1093/earlyj/XXIX.1.150).


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Writing a comprehensive report on 'Musical Intersections',
a mammoth conference held at two hotels in
Toronto, is a risky undertaking. A book of abstracts the
size of a small-city telephone directory is proof enough
that the organizers, 14 North American professional music
societies, meant their millennium meeting to be the
biggest, broadest and most inclusive of its kind ever presented
For the observer interested primarily in early
music, the first challenge was to sort out the boundaries of
the term itself Readers of this journal need hardly be
reminded that the chronological and geographical boundaries
of the field of historical performance are being constantly
redrawn Given the presence of so many colleagues
who study such a wide variety of music, one could have
spent the entire weekend following the thread of a single
genre. Indeed, one could have pursued one word—for
instance 'authenticity', a term that is perhaps less common
now in discussions about the so-called mainstream repertory,
but is critical, for instance, to the scholarly discourse
of popular music Or one could have chosen a more eclectic
approach, focusing on a few events of immediate interest
and spending the rest of the time cutting across as
many 'intersections' as possible, a technique that brings
with it the inevitable frustrations of insoluble conflicts of
schedule and highlights missed while dashing from hotel
to hotel. This observer chose the latter and did the best he
could; any omissions are his responsibility

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/earlyj/XXIX.1.150
Additional Information: Conference review. Musical Intercections, Toronto, Canada, 1-5 Nov 2000
ISSNs: 1741-7260 (print)
Related URLs:
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 67362
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Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:53

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