The Interconnectedness of 1920s Paris

The reason I elected to take this course was that I have always been fascinated by the environment of Paris during the early twentieth century. I have often said that if I had a time machine, one of my first stops (after visiting Jesus and John Calvin, respectively)...

Moore vs. Dorf

Overall, I found both the articles of Dorf and Moore to be as compelling as they were shocking in their unusual analyses of the queer erotic undertones of twentieth century French music. Their angles presented me with entirely new concepts, and while I do not embrace...

Vincent d’Indy and the Schola Cantorum

My research topic for our second paper assignment is the Schola Cantorum, founded in Paris by Vincent d’Indy and two colleagues. Upon initial research, I – like many of my classmates – found that this assignment would prove to be a substantially more difficult one...

Negrophilia and the Cruciality of Context

Crucial to any discussion of a historical cultural phenomenon is an acute awareness of the myriad factors at play within the context in which the phenomenon occurred. While we may be shocked into a moment of rage upon our first read of such accounts of La Revue Negre...

Windows Into the Life of Bronislava Nijinska

The person I have selected as the focus of my first research paper is dancer Bronislava Nijinska, who toured with the influential choreographer Sergei Diaghilev in his Ballets Russes dance troupe. My first step in research was to consult Oxford Music Online,[1] where...