Dissonance: Music and Globalization since Edison's Phonograph

Fall 2014-Spring 2016

Resident Associates

A two-year interdisciplinary initiative beginning Fall 2014 organized by CAS Resident Associates William Kinderman (Musicology) and Harry Liebersohn (History)

This CAS Initiative examines the many ways in which globalization has reshaped musical life since the late nineteenth century, including the growth of the phonograph industry, the migration of musicians, and the transformation of performance practices. Dissonance, chosen as a key concept, is a challenging feature of some non-Western music to Western ears; the term also links changes in the meaning of music to social, cultural and political conflict. In the Western context, the “emancipation of dissonance” absorbed political meanings that were widely recognized by the time of the Weimar Republic. This initiative will primarily bring together historians and musicologists, but it will also encourage contributions from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Nov 17
Mar 18
A.J. Racy

Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Urbana

Feb 05

Center for Advanced Study
912 W. Illinois, Urbana

Mar 31
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
4:00 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 South Gregory Urbana

Oct 06
Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas
7:00 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 South Gregory Urbana

Feb 04
Steve Gorn

Allen Hall, Main Lounge
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana