I edited and wrote the introduction for a special issue of The Journal of Music Theory on Stanley Cavell’s “Music Discomposed at 40.” Journal of Music Theory, 54:1, Spring 2010.
This issue emerged out of position papers and a panel organized by the Society for Music Theory’s Music and Philosophy Interest Group. We wanted to revisit Stanley Cavell’s famous essay “Music Discomposed” on its 40th anniversary of publication. There are some fantastic essays in this collection–reflective, personal, literary–so please take a look at the whole issue if you have a chance. My introduction is attached: