My Semester in Paris During the 1920’s

Paris in the 1920’s was a time full of contradictions. It was a period full of experimentation, yet very restrained values. People explored sexuality and gender in music, and yet outside of the arts those endeavors were strictly taboo. Stigma’s and...

Salle Erard: Forging a Path

I’m researching the very famous Salle Erard recital hall. The hall has been incredibly active since mid-late 19th century. It has premiered pieces by Debussy, Ravel, and Messiaen plus many more famous composers. Performers from all across the world have graced...

Negrophilia or Negrophobia?

Looking back at negrophilia in 1920’s Paris makes me slightly sick. This so called “love” and “adoration” of black culture seems no less mocking than when upper class Parisians would go slumming just for the fun of it. They may be...

Phantom Conversations to Concrete Commentary

Nadia Boulanger has been championed as one of the 20th centuries foremost composition teachers. Her life has been documented, analyzed, idolized, and chronicled. However, no amount of scholarship can capture the whole essence of Nadia Boulanger. Her inner most...

Historical Time Machine

Historical Time Machine  Time machines are pretty cool right? I mean who hasn’t daydreamed about going back in time to witness an event that changed the course of history, to feel what it would be like to live in certain era, or even to witness an artist or musician...