Ingalo Thomson

Ingalo Thomson - Editor

London, UK

Experienced editor/proofreader of academic and educational titles in the arts and humanities, with a special interest in classical music.

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Overview


In all texts - whatever the subject - my aim is to ensure that the author's meaning is transmitted as clearly as possible.

Part of that is being able to chase down the last detail, whether it's the correct diacritics in a foreign language or smoothing out inconsistency in a bibliography. But the bigger picture is also vital, and I'm confident in re-expressing swathes of text where necessary. That said, I'm very aware that the author's voice must be maintained (enhanced even, where desirable), and change is never made for the sake of it.

Most of my recent work has been for Oxford University Press, whose authors have described my work as 'superb', showing 'unparalleled qualities of patience, sensitivity and attention to detail'.



Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
History
Music

Work experience

Freelance editor and proofreader

Self-employed
October, 1998 – Present (almost 24 years)

Work as a freelancer has ranged from substantive editing down to proofreading, with clients including:
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), BBC Worldwide Books;
Chambers Larousse; Macmillan Publishers; Naxos Books; Oxford University Press; I. B. Tauris; Peters Edition; Phaidon Press.

Senior Music Editor

Phaidon Press
November, 1995 – September, 1997 (almost 2 years)

In this role I was project manager and editor of the 20th-Century Composers series (commissioned by Norman Lebrecht).

• Managed 6–10 books a year, running the cycle from commissioning to publication.
• Developed and refined the series style.
• Provided a strong interface between team members.
• Adapted text of differing length and subject emphasis to fit within the series framework.

I was also project manager of Rudolph Sabor’s translation of Wagner’s Ring cycle libretto; this uniquely preserved the original metre of the German and offered a running commentary and a list of the Leitmotifs as they occurred.

• Delivered the critically well-received project to a very tight deadline.
• Developed the project’s content with author and designer.

Area Editor, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Macmillan Publishers
January, 1994 – October, 1995 (over 1 year)

This role involved the management of the area of the dictionary covering the musical history of countries and cities.

After liaising with contributors to ensure submission of appropriate text, I edited the articles, sometimes drafted from skeletal facts, in accordance with a highly complex house style.

Maurice Ravel (20th Century Composers)

Gerald Larner

Examines Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), composer of works such as Boléro and Pavane pour une Infante défunte, as both a composer and a man

Examines Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), composer of works such as Boléro and Pavane pour une Infante défunte, as both a composer and a man

Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster

This volume has been produced to mark the retirement of Roy Foster from the Carroll Professorship of Irish history at the University of Oxford, and to mark his extraordinary career as a historian, literary critic, and public intellectual. It consists of twenty three essays contributed by many of the leading historians of modern Ireland, including scholars whose work has influenced Roy Foster's... read more

This volume has been produced to mark the retirement of Roy Foster from the Carroll Professorship of Irish history at the University of Oxford, and to mark his extraordinary career as a historian, literary critic, and public intellectual. It consists of twenty three essays contributed by many of the leading historians of modern Ireland, including scholars whose work has influenced Roy Foster's... read more

Der Ring Des Nibelungen

Rudolph Sabor

Richard Wagner's vast Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle comprises four full-length operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung) and is arguably the most extraordinary achievement in the history of opera. His own libretto to the operas is an intricate system of metric patterns, imaginative metaphors and alliteration, combining to produce the music in text.

Richard Wagner's vast Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle comprises four full-length operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung) and is arguably the most extraordinary achievement in the history of opera. His own libretto to the operas is an intricate system of metric patterns, imaginative metaphors and alliteration, combining to produce the music in text.

The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820

William D. Godsey

The Sinews of Habsburg Power explores the domestic foundations of the immense growth of central European Habsburg power from the rise of a permanent standing army after the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Napoleonic wars. With a force that grew irregularly in size from around 25,000 soldiers to as many as half a million in the War of the Sixth Coalition, the Habsburg monarchy participated ... read more

The Sinews of Habsburg Power explores the domestic foundations of the immense growth of central European Habsburg power from the rise of a permanent standing army after the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Napoleonic wars. With a force that grew irregularly in size from around 25,000 soldiers to as many as half a million in the War of the Sixth Coalition, the Habsburg monarchy participated ... read more

European Integration Theory

Antje Wiener, Tanja A. Borzel, Thomas Risse

With coverage of both traditional and critical theories and approaches to European integration and their application, this is the most comprehensive textbook on European integration theory and an essential guide for all students and scholars interested in the subject. Throughout the text, a team of leading international scholars demonstrate the current relevance of integration theory as they a... read more

With coverage of both traditional and critical theories and approaches to European integration and their application, this is the most comprehensive textbook on European integration theory and an essential guide for all students and scholars interested in the subject. Throughout the text, a team of leading international scholars demonstrate the current relevance of integration theory as they a... read more

Benjamin Britten (20th Century Composers)

Michael Oliver

Benjamin Britten's works are placed in the context of his times in this illustrated biography that presents much new material and examines all aspects of his creative personality.

Benjamin Britten's works are placed in the context of his times in this illustrated biography that presents much new material and examines all aspects of his creative personality.

Aural Training in Practice Gr 6-8

Nigel Scaife

Collection. Education. Grades 6-8. Book and 2 CDs. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Collection. Education. Grades 6-8. Book and 2 CDs. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siecle France: From Anarchism to Action francaise

Patrick McGuinness

Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siecle France explores the relations between poetry and politics in France in the last decade of the 19th century. The period covers perhaps the most important developments in modern French poetry: from the post-Commune climate that spawned the 'decadent' movement, through to the (allegedly) ivory-towered aestheticism of Mallarme and the Symbolists. In ter... read more

Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siecle France explores the relations between poetry and politics in France in the last decade of the 19th century. The period covers perhaps the most important developments in modern French poetry: from the post-Commune climate that spawned the 'decadent' movement, through to the (allegedly) ivory-towered aestheticism of Mallarme and the Symbolists. In ter... read more

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