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date: 21 October 2020

(p. viii) (p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. viii) (p. ix) Acknowledgments

I wish to express my thanks to Suzanne Ryan for coming up with the idea of this handbook and for inviting me to become its editor. I learned a lot in the process of preparing it for publication and will benefit from this experience in my further research. I am most grateful to the authors of individual chapters for accepting my invitations, for their excellent contributions, and for bearing with the editor. I am also grateful to three anonymous reviewers at Oxford University Press for their comments, which resulted in significant improvements of some parts of the manuscript. My special thanks to Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin for sharing the manuscript of Wye J. Allanbrook’s posthumous book The Secular Commedia: Comic Mimesis in Late Eighteenth-Century Music with me and my contributors.

Most musical examples in this collection were set by Kathryn Puffett, whom I thank for her reliability and flexibility in adjusting to the schedules of individual authors and in accommodating their different wishes and needs. I thank further Danielle Sutcliffe for her help with bibliographic references, Sylvia Cannizzaro for copyediting the manuscript, and the editors at Oxford University Press—especially Lisbeth Redfield and Adam Cohen—for safely shepherding it through various stages of the publication process. Emilia Maggio found the cover image with a commedia dell’arte scene including dancers, musicians, and—unavoidably—a dog!