I'm starting this blog so that I can have a place to put my thoughts about music. Stuff that I'll probably write about might include a) music I think is cool, b) some music theory (potentially), c) feminism & anti-racism, d) more feminism & anti-racism, and maybe other things. If you find the content enjoyable, … Continue reading a note
What do quilting, education, and systemic racism & sexism have to do with each other? The answer is: everything! Coming soon are some thoughts on one way (and not the only way) the art curriculums in American schools are designed to uphold white-male supremacy....
I set out today to bring to light an issue, which, having been entrenched within the mentality of theoretical scholars of music for over a century, has thus escaped any and all justified confrontation. In writing this critique, my goal is to demonstrate the ways in which my predecessor, the illustrious genius by the name … Continue reading Die Lecken
As any college student studying Classical music is bound to have happen to them sooner or later, I encountered the notorious music theorist Heinrich Schenker. Learning Schenkerian analysis, I was told that everything was basically V - I, and I had to do some harmonic reductions. I didn't really see the point of any of … Continue reading Schenkerian Shenanigans
I work as an usher at Carnegie Hall, and one of the perks of the job is that it entails being present at multiple performances per week in Stern Auditorium--the largest and most famous of Carnegie's three concert halls. So I've gotten to listen to a lot of music at work! Last evening, the concert … Continue reading Beautiful Music in the Modern World
As a classical pianist who enjoys playing vocal chamber music and also music written my women, one question I wondered about for a long time is: Why aren't there any song cycles by women? Of course, there are some--Lili Boulanger's Clairières dans le ciel comes to mind--but these do not compare in number or popularity … Continue reading Song Cycles and Fragile Masculinity
I am a woman. I compose music. And I identify specifically as a woman composer. Over the past few years, when I started taking composition lessons and writing music more actively, I've gotten some confused reactions to my identity. Why won't you just identify as a "composer"? It's 2019, what does gender have to do … Continue reading Why I Identify as a Woman Composer
The purpose of this short essay is to present the music of Ludwig van Beethoven shorn of any prejudice caused by the commonly held beliefs that he was a fiery genius, powerful individual, or the embodiment of music. In fact, that Beethoven was a musical reactionary is established without doubt. He was a Classicist, and … Continue reading A Rational Analysis: The Music of Ludwig van Beethoven