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Chiptunes: How Video Games Created a New Avenue in Music

Written by Benjamin Porter

Video games have shaped several aspects of culture in the last few decades, and music is no exception. This blog post highlights the emergence of the chiptune, a genre that originated...

Posted: June 3, 2024, 3:21 PM

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

The Systemic Repression & Fictionalization of Joseph Bologne

Written by Josh Miller

Miller explores the racial prejudice composer Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, experienced during his life and in the historical record, arguing that historians and musicians should...

Posted: September 14, 2021, 10:22 AM

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

Canonical Danger: How Standard Rep Undermines the Orchestra

Written by Jeff Martin

Orchestras have faced persistent financial difficulties over the past several decades. To alleviate these challenges, they should consider substantial revision to the standard repertoire, adding...

Posted: July 28, 2021, 11:43 AM

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Written by Jeff Martin

The emerging orchestral canon made it difficult for late nineteenth-century composers to achieve lasting recognition. Hubert Parry faced the additional challenge of living in Britain. The quality...

Posted: July 28, 2021, 11:40 AM

Chiquinha Gonzaga and the Rise of Choro

Written by Jay Fenner

Brazilian Composer Chiquinha Gonzaga was extremely important in establishing the popularity of the music and dance associated with the Brazilian Choro, however her impact is generally overlooked...

Posted: July 28, 2021, 11:38 AM