OK. Apologies. For some of you this is just going to be too much, but Acts IV and V in the opera ‘The Sexing of the Semitone’ have now appeared and it seems (at least as far as MTS‘s editor is concerned) that the whole multi-author work on whether or not the semitone was considered feminine in the Middle Ages has now been concluded. Luckily for those of you with the patience to read them, the last two acts are much shorter than the earlier ones, especially the gargantuan 20K Act II (Fuller’s 2011 response). For copyright reasons I can’t post Fuller’s letter here (but here’s a link for those of you with a personal or institutional subscription), but my response to it can be accessed by clicking the link on the publication information below.
Published as ‘Elizabeth Eva Leach Responds’, Music Theory Spectrum 33/2 (2011): 232-233. doi: 10.1525/mts.2011.33.2.232. © 2011 by The Society for Music Theory Inc.
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