The Musical Quarterly ( MQ ), the oldest journal devoted to scholarly writing about music in the United States, celebrated its one-hundredth birthday in 2015. Although it has a distinguished history, recent decades have not always been kind to it. In the 1970s, the journal fell prey to the slowly developing erosion in interest in classical musical culture inside and outside the university and the resultant contraction in music publishing. Schirmer, arguably America’s most visible and prominent music publisher, became less profitable and was broken up and purchased by other companies. Eric Salzman and Joan Peyser edited this journal for short periods as it drifted from Schirmer to Macmillan and ultimately to Oxford University Press. During those years, MQ survived in large measure owing to the steadfast dedication of Paul Wittke, a gentle,...

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