Roundtable

Prelude to Music

The table of contents for our Fall 2017 issue.

By Lapham’s Quarterly

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, Music, is now on newsstands. With original essays by Lewis H. Lapham, Christopher Carroll, John Corbett, Alex Cuadros, Alison Kinney, and Xiaofei Tian; Voices in Time contributions by Jonathan Biss, Frederick Douglass, Louise Erdrich, Margaret Fuller, Masha Gessen, Vasily Grossman, Naguib Mahfouz, Carson McCullers, Gita Mehta, Jelly Roll Morton, George Steiner, and others; and art by Hiroshige and Rembrandt van Rijn, and others.

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Music, the Fall 2017 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

INTRODUCTORY
Cover | “The Francesca” violin, Antonio Stradivari, 1694
Program Notes | Among the Contributors
Map | Sound Systems
Preamble | Lewis H. Lapham, ’Round Midnight

VOICES IN TIME
Theme
2010: New York City | Alex Ross
1778: Williamsburg, VA | Thomas Jefferson
1507: Urbino | Baldassare Castiglione
1815: Bath | Jane Austen
1917: Cairo | Naguib Mahfouz
1568: Venice | Maddalena Casulana
1971: Los Angeles | Grover Lewis
c. 520: Rome | Boethius
1670: Paris | Molière
1975: Berkeley | Greil Marcus
c. 347 BC: Crete | Plato
1993: Karlsruhe | Peter Sloterdijk
c. 1455: Tenochtitlán | Diego Durán
1903: Atlanta | W.E.B. Du Bois
c. 1270: Castile | Aegidius of Zamora
1930: Colombia | Gabriel García Márquez
c. 148 BC: Rome | Cicero
1953: New York City | Alejo Carpentier
c. 800: Chang’an | Han Yu
c. 1170: France | Raimbaut d’Aurenga & Giraut de Bornelh
1938: Washington, DC | Jelly Roll Morton
1957: Chicago | John Cage
1178: St. Rupertsberg | Hildegard of Bingen
1981: Los Angeles | Nathaniel Mackey
1718: Constantinople | Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1997: Cambridge | George Steiner

Variation
2011: Moscow | Masha Gessen
c. 100: Rome | Plutarch
1774: Edo | Hiraga Gennai
1730: Leipzig | Johann Sebastian Bach
1955: Salzburg | Thomas Bernhard
c. 1880: Florence, AL | W.C. Handy
1936: Cincinnati | Carson McCullers
c. 600 BC: Lesbos | Sappho
c. 100: Athens | Lucian
1993: India | Gita Mehta
1818: Dresden | Arthur Schopenhauer
1324: Avignon | Pope John XXII
1720: Venice | Benedetto Marcello
1964: Bethlehem, PA | Irwin Silber
1598: Messina | William Shakespeare
c. 770: Francia | Notker the Stammerer
1947: United States | Charles Mingus
1993: Chicago | Steve Albini
c. 438: Persia | Ferdowsi
1841: Boston | Margaret Fuller
1942: Auschwitz | Vasily Grossman
1967: London | Ted Hughes
1976: New York City | Richard Owen
1878: Basel | Friedrich Nietzsche
1910: Fargo | Louise Erdrich

Improvisation
2017: Germany | Reddit
1913: Milan | Luigi Russolo
c. 239 BC: Qin | Lü Buwei
1901: Paris | Claude Debussy
c. 1850: Kolotovka | Ivan Turgenev
1978: Brooklyn | Jay-Z
c. 1715: London | John Mainwaring
1995: London | Nicholas Spice
c. 300: India | Visnu Sarma
1992: San Francisco | Don Asher
1839: Paris | Clara Schumann
c. 1975: Kingston | Geoffrey Philp
c. 1300: Egypt | Ibn al-Ukhuwwa
1894: London | George Bernard Shaw
c. 1997: New York City | William Gaddis
c. 1470: Plessis | Pascal Quignard
1941: Vermont | Agatha Fassett
1711: London | Joseph Addison
c. 250 BC: Tyrrhenian Sea | Apollonius of Rhodes
1938: Los Angeles | Dorothy Baker
c. 1920: Paris | Erik Satie
c. 1825: Maryland | Frederick Douglass
1901: Vienna | Alma Mahler-Werfel
c. 1935: Pretoria | Es’kia Mphahlele
c. 300: Greece | Aristides Quintilianus
2017: New York City | Jonathan Biss
1949: Dublin | Ludwig Wittgenstein

FURTHER REMARKS
Essays
Songs from Sinjar | Alex Cuadros
How Deep Is Your Love? | Alison Kinney
Sun Ra in Sin City | John Corbett
The Emperor’s New Music | Xiaofei Tian
Secret Music | Christopher Carroll

Departments
Conversations | Ouyang, Hendrix, Björk
Miscellany | Fig Risk, Radio Hope, Songs of Annoyance
Glossary | All Kill, Hyphy, Tarab
Sources | Readings & Art