New Historical Lenses

One theme/trend we’ve been discussing in this class is the potential for alternate histories or stories. Rather than studying a single history in a survey course where you learn facts and “objective truths” about music, its creation and the historical time...

Dichotomy Within The Lives Of “Queer” Artists

Although the argument that purely musical elements of a piece can indicate sexuality, gender, race, or any other factor of the composer’s identity seems insubstantial and virtually impossible to prove, however a few finer details within both Dorf and...

Researching the Ballet Russes

Researching a topic that has been done and redone has advantages and disadvantages. The amount of scholarship on the Ballet Russes can be a bit overwhelming, but the availability of information is convenient. I’m going to focus on a positive part of my research....

Two-dimensional Views of History

  The great responsibility of a historian is to ask questions to which there are no correct answers. Did the 1920s Parisians love, respect and celebrate African Americans artists? Or did their racist view ultimately meant that what they experienced was something...

Bits and Pieces: Researching the Life of Marya Freund

Even with all of the internet resources available to us at St. Olaf, researching someone with a very small virtual presence is challenging. I began with New Grove but other than a very brief paragraph about her it was unhelpful. It did not even provide sources....