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A Welcome from the Editor

After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to announce a new issue of Resonance for Spring 2009 featuring two articles by doctoral candidates from the Thornton School of Music. Eric Schneeman's article explores the representation of the First Crusade in poetry, music, and art of 16th century Italy focusing on Wert and Monteverdi’s settings of Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata. Isn't it true that the best composers create with pencil and paper? Aren't composers supposed to hear the score in their heads? Does the use of compositional aides decrease the aesthetic merit of a piece? In his article, Francis Kayali reevaluates common myths and misperceptions about the use of music notation software in the compositional process. The digital composer archive highlights the interdisciplinary collaborations of composer Alan Chan. Streaming videos showcase interviews and performances with the poets, singers, and artists that have collaborated with Alan.

Matthew Alan Thomas

Executive Editor, Resonance: an interdisciplinary music journal