“History” usually implies an accurate account of past events while a “story” is less accurate, embellished by a “storyteller.” With remarkable consistency in the US, our “histories” have been written by white persons, usually men, with little divergence from the narratives of “great works” of a “western canon.” Philip Ewell expands on music’s histories/stories and explains why the common American music curriculum is still segregated along racial lines.
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About the Presenter
Philip Ewell is a Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His specialties include Russian music theory, Russian opera, modal theory, and race studies in music. His public scholarship has been featured in news outlets such as the BBC, Die Zeit, NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and WQXR’s Aria Code. His monograph, On Music Theory, And Making Music More Welcoming for Everyone, appeared in April 2023, and he is coauthoring a new music theory textbook, The Engaged Musician: Theory and Analysis for the Twenty-First Century.
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