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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) new models of music theory, c) feminism, d) music I write, and maybe other things. If you find the content enjoyable, read on! … Continue reading a note

Beautiful Music in the Modern World

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

Song Cycles and Fragile Masculinity

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

A Rational Analysis: The Music of Ludwig van Beethoven

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