In November 2019, the first issue of the International Journal of the Study of Music and Musical Performance was uploaded to the Web ( The seven Chief Editors of IJSMMP want to take this opportunity to invite all interested musicians and scholars to read the first issue and to contribute to the second and later issues.

The International Journal of the Study of Music and Musical Performance is unusual and, in some ways, even unique. It is published online, open-access, in conjunction with the Open Music Library project. Its editorial and advisory boards are broadly international. It welcomes contributions in any language, and aims—when possible—to offer a reliable English translation of contributions that are not in English.

Most of all, IJSPPM seeks to bridge the worlds of academic discourse and of performers and listeners. With this last aim in mind, it encourages contributions that are more essayistic than is typical in existing journals. It also welcomes reactions to recorded and live performances. Being an online journal, IJSMMP can easily incorporate color illustrations, video, and sound files. Such enrichments help it to provide a forum for discussion of music as it is practiced, and has been practiced, in numerous times and places and for widely differing purposes.

The first issue exemplifies many of these goals, with five articles and six reviews ranging from the medieval ars subtilior to musical practice in present-day Iran, stopping along the way to explore Bach’s flute music, Berlioz’s letters, works of John Cage, and the guitar music of Hans Werner Henze.

Everything in the first issue happens to be in English, but one of the articles is a carefully vetted translation of a major study by a Francophone scholar who has spent his career teaching on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. This article, based on research in church and French-government archives, reconstructs for the first time the life and career of the most renowned operatic soprano active in New Orleans and the West Indies in the years around 1800, a “mixed-race” woman known as Minette.

Please all feel free to forward this announcement to other lists or individuals. Thanks!

Beatriz Magalhães-Castro
Rob Haskins
Tom Moore
Luisa Nardini
Melanie Plesch
Catalina Vicens, and
Samuel Zerin
(Our institutional affiliations and email addresses can be found in the front matter of the inaugural issue--see link quoted earlier.) 

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