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Zeitschrift der Internationalen Musik-Gesellschaft

(Leipzig, 1899-1914)

RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals (2013)

Editors: Oskar Fleischer, Max Seiffert, Hermann Albert, Alfred Heuss

Periodicity: Monthly

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel

Language: German, English, French

“The Zeitschrift [der internationalen Musikgesellschaft, or IMG] was one of two IMG publications. But whereas the content of the quarterly Sammelbande der internationalen Musikgellschaft was essentially scholarly, that of the Zeitschrift aimed at a wider readership. It included concert and book reviews, lists of forthcoming lectures and performances of old music, a comprehensive list of recent literature in music periodicals of all countries, reports of papers given at local group meetings, and short articles on musical subjects, most of which were written in either German of English. Its function was thus similar to that of The Musical Times, but with one vital difference: its readership extended beyond Britain to a larger, international audience. Consequently, the role of the national group editors of the Zeitschrift went well beyond being their countries’ musical diarists. What they wrote about individual composers had the potential to shape the opinions of foreign readers who had little or no direct experience of those composers, as well as mold the scholarly discourse on their music. The columnists thus represented the music-critical voices of their respective nations.” 

Aidan J. Thomson, “Elgar’s Critical Critics” in: Edward Elgar and His World (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007): 198.