Author Archives: jonathanbellman

About jonathanbellman

Professor of Music History and Literature and Head of Academic Studies in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Author, *The _Style Hongrois_ in the Music of Western Europe* (Northeastern University Press, 1993), *A Short Guide to Writing About Music* (2e, Longman, 2008), *Chopin's Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom* (Oxford University Press, 2010), Editor, *The Exotic in Western Music* (Northeastern University Press, 1998), author of bunches of articles and reviews and so on. Likes to play the piano, the mandolin, and even guitar sometimes. A. M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar at UNC, 2011.

Appreesh

Here’s a bit of fun.  The opening unit of this semester’s Music History Pedagogy class was devoted to teaching Introduction to Music (or Music Appreciation, or “Appreesh”), which is likely to be a pre- or early-career teaching assignment.  We survey … Continue reading

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Privilege

  You say you’re tired How I hate to hear you use that word —Warren Zevon, “Never Too Late for Love” (1982)   Those who have truck with musicologists may have noticed a certain despondency, in recent days, in their … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Musicology | 1 Comment

Dayan ha-Emet

Or, “the True Judge.” We say, “Blessed are you, the True Judge” when we hear of a death.  It is a reminder of who’s Who and what’s what; I don’t believe it implies acceptance, approval, or anything of that nature.  … Continue reading

Posted in Ave Atque Vale, Education | 1 Comment

Protest Songs I

In my last blogpost, I asked where the protest songs were.  That post, “No Pasaràn,” was posted on Saturday January 21, and on that very date that a fine protest song (rehearsed online and performed for the first time at … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics | 1 Comment

No Pasarán

First, a friendly confidential to Ms. Clare Ford: Thank you for weighing in, and I’m sorry that it happens in this ugly season.  In all honesty, I did not even listen to Obama’s (by all accounts, nobly statesmanlike) address.  If … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics | 4 Comments

“Humane” Letters

Let’s get right at it, then.  Phil writes: “[Jonathan’s] post indulges in the same tough-guy posturing and eliminationist rhetoric as right-wing rage radio. It is the very opposite of whatever is meant by ‘humane letters,’ dehumanizing the people it deals with and … Continue reading

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Images from the Dark Land

America is a tune.  It must be sung together. —Gerald Stanley Lee Yeah; about that, Mr. Lee: it only works if it is sung together.  I’m thinking more of Johannes Ockeghem, who will be quoted at the end. It has … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitive liberty, Current Affairs, Education, Teaching | 3 Comments