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On behalf of the editorial board and staff of Music Theory Online, we are pleased to announce the publication of Music Theory Online 26.3

This issue contains eight feature articles, a tribute to the music of Chen Yi (b. 1953), and two book reviews. The full table of contents appears below.

We would sincerely like to thank the editorial staff for all of their help during the production process. 

Wishing you well during this difficult time,

René Rusch, Editor
Brad Osborn, Associate Editor
Mitch Ohriner, Associate Editor
Jonathan Guez, Associate Editor
Trevor de Clercq, Interim Associate Editor
David Heetderks, Reviews Editor
Bryan Parkhurst, Reviews Editor

Editor’s Message


(Per)forming Open Form: A Case Study with Earle Brown’s Novara
Drake Andersen (Vassar College)

Continuous Question-Answer Pairs
Yosef Goldenberg (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance)

The Cultural Significance of Timbre Analysis: A Case Study in 1980s Pop Music, Texture, and Narrative
Megan L. Lavengood (George Mason University)

Music Theory for the “Weaker Sex”: Oliveria Prescott’s Columns for The Girl’s Own Paper
Rachel Lumsden (Florida State University)

Resolving Tensions between Outer Form and Inner Form in Fugue: A Comparative Analysis of J. S. Bach’s Fugue in D minor (WTC I)
Sarah Marlowe (Eastman School of Music)

“All of the Rules of Jazz”: Stylistic Models and Algorithmic Creativity in Human-Computer Improvisation
Brian A. Miller (Yale University)

Harmonizing Chorales Systematically: A Translation of G. H. Stölzel’s Kurzer und gründlicher Unterricht (Brief and Thorough Instruction), ms. c.1719–1749
Derek Remeš (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

Prolongational Closure in the Lieder of Fanny Hensel
Stephen Rodgers (University of Oregon)
Tyler Osborne (University of Oregon)

The Music of Chen Yi

Introduction: The Music of Chen Yi
Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University)

Compositional Process and Technique in Happy Rain on a Spring Night (2004)
Chen Yi (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

The Concept of Shi: Chinese Aesthetics and Happy Rain on a Spring Night (2004)
Nancy Yunhwa Rao (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey)

Interactions of Folk Melody and Transformational (Dis)continuities in Chen Yi’s Ba Ban (1999)
John Roeder (University of British Columbia)

Experiencing Chen Yi’s Music: Local and Cosmopolitan Reciprocities in Ning for Pipa, Violin and Cello (2002)
Marianne Kielian-Gilbert (Indiana University)


Review of Keith Waters, Postbop Jazz in the 1960s: The Compositions of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Ben Baker (Eastman School of Music)

Review of Jennifer Iverson, Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Matthew Mendez (Yale University)