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20th-Century Black Art Music and the Great Migration

Written by D'Juan Moreland

The mass migration of Black Americans spurred a massive cultural boom in Northern cities. In this blog, this phenomenon is explored by examining the lives of the "Dean of African American...

Posted: June 13, 2023, 1:05 PM

Frederick II's Sonata Through the Lens of Kantian Aesthetics

Written by Paul Dzekunov

 In this blog, Dzekunov unpacks aspects of Kantian Aesthetics and applies them to a contemporaneous sonata written by Frederick II of Prussia. To read the full blog post, click here.

Posted: March 29, 2022, 12:36 PM

African Influence on New World Music

Written by Miles Malone

 In this blog, Malone explores the connections between New World Music and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, discussing Afro-Latin instruments, rhythmic ideas, and the diffusion of African music...

Posted: March 9, 2022, 3:43 PM

The Exploitation and Discrimination of Thomas Wiggins

Written by Jeremy Boss

Thomas Wiggins was a phenomenal musician and composer in the 19th century who had many extraordinary talents.  These talents however were often used to exploit the musician from early childhood in...

Posted: March 3, 2022, 12:00 PM

Stream of Creation: The World of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Written by Erika Rollins

In this post Rollins explores Black English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's life and career through a web of cultural, racial, and socioeconomic factors. To read the full blog post, click here.

Posted: August 26, 2021, 11:51 AM

Latin-American Dance Music and Romantic Compositions

Written by Jay Fenner

Latin-American dance music has been deeply foundational in establishing the identity of South American popular music, however its importance within the compositions of 19th-century composers is...

Posted: June 23, 2021, 12:03 PM

Die Lorelei: A Musical Representation of Depression

Author: Matthew King

Music will sometimes serve as a representation of a musician's psyche.  Matthew King explores Clara Schumann's composition "Die Lorelei" and how it displays the thoughts of a composer potentially...

Posted: June 14, 2018, 4:01 PM

George Whitefield Chadwick, Pioneer of American Music

Author: Collin David

American composer George Whitefield Chadwick has fallen into obscurity, but should be recognized as one of America's leading composers of nationalist classical music. He wrote American nationalist...

Posted: June 14, 2018, 3:59 PM

Brotherhood in the Romantic Period

Author: Brotherhood in the Romantic Period

Pirzchalski explores the deep friendship between Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré, surmising that the emotional, musical, and professional support these two composers provided for one another...

Posted: February 14, 2018, 3:44 PM

Bizet and the Rebel Bird

Author: Manuel Ayala Sapelli

Sapelli examines the harmonic nature of pieces sung by Carmen and Don Jose in Bizet's opera Carmen, concluding that audience sympathy with Don Jose's character via his music does not match up with...

Posted: February 7, 2018, 11:41 AM