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J. F. Weber

My first magazine article, a story of resettling a Hungarian refugee family, appeared in 1957. An article about the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra appeared in Musical America in 1968. Sacred Music published a series of record reviews beginning in 1968. My first discography of Schubert Lieder in 1969 was the beginning of a monograph Discography Series; the most ambitious issue in that series was A Gregorian Chant Discography in two volumes of 800 pages in 1990, still in print. I began reviewing for Fanfare in 1978; in the earlier years, I contributed discographies of over a dozen early composers and many single works. I joined the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 1969, and for many years contributed discographies, articles, and book and record reviews to the ARSC Journal. I served as treasurer of ARSC for 11 years and was elected to a term as president of ARSC. For Sennets and Tuckets, a volume marking the 70th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, I contributed a discography of the composer. Since 1990, I have been a member of Cantus Planus, the chant study group of the IMS, and have presented a number of specialized studies, including complete discographies of Old Spanish chant (known as Mozarabic chant), the Christmas responsory Descendit de caelis, and the Laudes regiae. Since 1992, I have contributed an annual article about recordings of Gregorian chant to Plainsong and Medieval Music. Cover features on Ockeghem, Machaut, Dufay, and Obrecht were among the articles and record reviews written for Goldberg, beginning with its first issue in 1997. My history of Westminster Records was published by Universal Victor in a 50th-anniversary CD set titled “Great Artists of Westminster” and reprinted in Gramophone Japan in 1999. For the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in 2000, I wrote the articles on “Discography” and “Recorded Sound: History” as well as brief histories of eight record labels. A detailed discography of early polyphony to 1300 appeared in Notes in March 2002. For Choir & Organ I interviewed Peter Richard Conte in 2003. A detailed discography of Gregorian chant offertories with verses was presented at a symposium in Trondheim in 2004 and published in The Offertory and its Verses: Research, Past, Present and Future, edited by Roman Hankeln, in 2007. A discography of Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle appeared in 2007 in an 80th-birthday Festschrift for Prof. Carlo Marinelli. One of the principal writers on the website, I have also begun contributing a series of articles of specialized interest to the website


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