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CM was founded in 1965 by graduate students at Columbia University as a semiannual review that would primarily serve the needs of musicologists who are about to undertake, are presently engaged in, or have recently completed their graduate studies. From its inception, the aim of the journal was to publish short articles of research, criticism, and opinion, predominantly by younger authors.
Journal of the American Musicological Society
One of the premier journals in the field, the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS) publishes scholarship from all fields of musical inquiry: from historical musicology, critical theory, music analysis, iconography and organology, to performance practice, aesthetics and hermeneutics, ethnomusicology, gender and sexuality, popular music and cultural studies.
Music & Letters
Music & Letters is a leading international journal of musical scholarship, publishing articles on topics ranging from antiquity to the present day and embracing musics from classical, popular, and world traditions. Since its foundation in the 1920s, Music & Letters has especially encouraged fruitful dialogue between musicology and other disciplines. It is renowned for its long and lively reviews section, the most comprehensive and thought-provoking in any musicological journal.
The Musical Quarterly, founded in 1915 by Oscar Sonneck, has long been cited as the premier scholarly musical journal in the United States. Over the years it has published the writings of many important composers and musicologists, including Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg, Marc Blitzstein, Henry Cowell, and Camille Saint-Saens.
Now 168 years old, The Musical Times is the world's oldest continuously publishing classical music journal. Based in the UK, it appears four times a year, usually in March, June, September and December, and is available by subscription. Single current and recent issues may also be obtained. Older issues, dating back to 1844, are archived by JSTOR.
Tempo is the premier English-language journal devoted to twentieth-century and contemporary concert music. Literate and scholarly articles, often illustrated with music examples, explore many aspects of the work of composers throughout the world. Written in an accessible style, approaches range from the narrative to the strictly analytical.Tempo frequently ventures outside the acknowledged canon to reflect the diversity of the modern music scene. Issues feature interviews with leading composers, a tabulated news section, and lively and wide-ranging reviews of recent recordings, books and first performances around the world. Selected issues also contain specially-commissioned music supplements.
twentieth-century music is a unique publication dedicated to leading research on all aspects of the music of the twentieth century - a period which may be interpreted flexibly to encompass music from the late-nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first. The journal explores Western art music, music from non-Western traditions, popular music, film music, jazz, improvised music and performance practice. Whilst it does not style itself as revisionist, the journal is guided by the principle that existing assumptions about twentieth-century music and the ways in which it has been and is currently studied should be rigorously examined and re-examined.