Winter 1940 • Vol. II No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1940 |

Music Chronicle: The Musicological Congress

THE MUSICOLOGICAL CONGRESS To the query, What is a "musicologist”?, composers and performers of music have tended to reply: "Someone or everyone whose life suddenly and unaccountably has become 'modal.' Our major and minor scales no longer suffice him—in the very face of the fact that they too are churchmodes, respectively the Ionian and Aeolian. If his meat be not salted at the very least with the Dorian mode or the Phrygian, it has lost its savor: from time to time he must also be given the Locrian. He may even, like Professor Buchanan of Richmond, have moments that fill him with delicious intimations of the existence of modes neutral, unrecognized, unsung.” It would seem as though the many efforts of the theoreticians of the musicological movement to impress on practical men of music their own picture of the "musicologist” hadn’t been, for one reason or another, entirely successful. This picture represents persons going by the new name as those who, having had a v

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