We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of Music Theory Online. 

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We announce the publication of Volume 29, No. 4 of Music Theory Online. The issue features articles and essays on musical works spanning six centuries and theories of music spanning even longer!

Come by to learn more about 15th-century counterpoint and rhythm, modern metal performance, Beethoven’s early training, harmonic theory in the 18th and 19th centuries, and aesthetic form theory in 3rd-century China. Expand your knowledge of form, process, and the role of organicism in music and analysis by taking in a symposium on the music of Salvatore Sciarrino. Hear and entertain new ideas in the current discussions on race and inclusion in music theory by reading a review of Philip Ewell’s much anticipated On Music Theory, and Making Music More Welcoming for Everyone.

We on the Editorial Board and Staff hope you enjoy the offerings on hand for this issue. We wish you all happy reading, as always, and a Happy New Year!

Brent Auerbach
Editor, Music Theory Online


Embedded Dissonance in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Harmonic Theory and Practice 
Karl Braunschweig (Wayne State University)

Female Subjectivities in the Words, Music, and Images of Progressive Metal: The Case of Tatiana Shmayluk (Jinjer) 
Lori Burns (University of Ottawa)

Contrapuntal Direction and the Diagnosis of Compositional Relationships in Fifteenth-Century Masses 
Tim Daly (University of New England, Australia)

Out of the Blue: Preparing Proportions in the Old Hall Manuscript 
Philippa Ovenden (University of Toronto)

Windows into Beethoven’s Lessons in Bonn: Kirnberger’s Die wahren Grundsätze zum Gebrauch der Harmonie (1773) and Vogler’s Gründe der Kuhrpfälzischen Tonschule in Beyspielen (1776/1778) 
Thomas William Posen (The College of Idaho) 

Symposium on the Music of Salvatore Sciarrino

Introduction: Sciarrino’s Novel Forms 
Robert Hasegawa (McGill University)

Reimagining Formal Functions in Post-Tonal Music: Temporality in the Semanticized Form of Salvatore Sciarrino 
Christian Utz (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)

Reimagining Organicism: An Ecological Aesthetics of Music and Self-Organizing Structures in the Works of Salvatore Sciarrino 
Mingyue Li (University of Oxford)

Gestural Temporality in Sciarrino’s Recitativo oscuro 
Antares Boyle (Portland State University) 


Global Philosophy of Music: Ji Kang versus Hanslick 
Gavin S. K. Lee (Soochow University) 


Review of Philip Ewell, On Music Theory, and Making Music More Welcoming for Everyone (University of Michigan Press, 2023) 
Clifton Boyd (New York University)
Jade Conlee (Yale University)