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About the Journal

Contemporary Music Review provides a forum for musicians and musicologists to discuss recent musical currents in both breadth and depth. The main concern of the journal is the critical study of music today in all its aspects—its techniques of performance and composition, texts and contexts, aesthetics, technologies, and relationships with other disciplines and currents of thought. The journal may also serve as a vehicle to communicate documentary materials, interviews, and other items of interest to contemporary music scholars.

You can find all current calls for papers for future issues by clicking on the menu icon in the top left corner.

Guidelines for Themed Issues

One of the key features of Contemporary Music Review is that each issue focuses on a particular theme. Past themes range from critical symposia on the work of specific composers or schools, to collections summing up pertinent analytical, technical or creative projects. There are no necessary restrictions as to genre, disciplinary perspective or geographical emphasis.

Contemporary Music Review does not generally consider individual papers; however, the editors do accept proposals for themed issues from potential guest editors on an ongoing basis.

Submission Instructions

 If you would like to guest edit an issue of Contemporary Music Review please contact the editors providing the following:

  • A 200 word abstract outlining the theme of the proposed issue and detailing why it is of contemporary interest
  • EITHER a list of titles and authors for 7 or 8 planned articles (preferably with individual 200 word abstracts), OR a call for abstracts to be published on the Contemporary Music Review website providing guidelines for potential authors and proposing a timeline for submission
  • An up-to-date CV for each guest editor
  • Submission Deadline: 15 October 2021 

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Editorial Information

Editor: Peter Nelson, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh ([email protected])

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