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In The Critical Editing of Music (1996) James Grier called Georg Feder's Musikphilologie (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1987) the most important contribution to date on textual criticism in music and the only one that considers the full range of critical issues in editing (Grier, p. 14). Pendragon Press's edition of Feder's Music Philology now makes available in English translation this essential, intellectually engaging but concise discussion of the complex and multi-faceted tasks in traditional scholarly editing of music.
From the Middle Ages to the present, music has been written down and disseminated in notated form. In evaluating music notation, philological methods have been used more and more. These methods come from linguistic disciplines and are linked with specifically musical traditions and subjects. Starting with the relationships of music and language, tradition and understanding, work and text, Feder describes the fundamentals of music philology and its tasks. In addition to the musical sources themselves, theoretical and historical sources enable the critical study of questions about authenticity, dating, origin, and dissemination.
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Bruce C. MacIntryre is Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY) where he has taught music history, directed choruses, advised theses, served as deputy chairman since 1984, and as Conservatory director since 2006. He is also a member of the doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center of CUNY. His area of special expertise lies in Biennese choral and chamber music of the late eighteenth century. In addition to articles and reviews for Die Musikforschung, Notes, Singende Kirche, Music & Letters, Eighteenth-Century Music, et al., MacIntyre published Haydn: The Creation (New York, 1998) and The Viennese Concerted Mass of the Early Classic Period (Ann Arbor, 1986). He was also co-editor with Basrry S. Brook of Haydn's sting trios for Hoseph Haydn-Werke, (Reihe XI, 1&2) published by Henle. MacIntyre's articles on Mozart's Masses. Litanies, notets, offertories, smaller church works, as well as religion and liturgy appeared in Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia ed. Cliff Eisen (Cambridge, 200). He is currently completing his English translation of Georg Feder's Musikphilologie (Darmstadt, 1987) for Pendragon Press. He is a member of the Americal Musicological Society, the Society for Eighteeth-Century Music, the Mozart Society of America. The Haydn Society of North America, the Music Library Association, and the College Music Society.
Professor MacIntyre was raised in Johnstown, N.Y., completed his A.B. at Hamilton College, and completed graduate studies in musicology at S.U.N.Y./Stony Brook (M.A.), the University of Cologne, and The Graducate Center of C.U.N.Y. (Ph.D.).
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