31 episodes

Conversations with scholars about music, hosted by musicologist Will Robin and produced by D. Edward Davis

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Conversations with scholars about music, hosted by musicologist Will Robin and produced by D. Edward Davis

    The Impossibility of Opera with Matthew Aucoin

    The Impossibility of Opera with Matthew Aucoin

    Another bonus episode! A conversation with composer Matthew Aucoin, whose opera Euridice had a run at the Met last month, and who just wrote a new book about the history and culture of opera, The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 41 min
    R. Murray Schafer's Legacy with Phantom Power

    R. Murray Schafer's Legacy with Phantom Power

    Check out this episode of the great podcast Phantom Power, on the life and work of composer R. Murray Schafer. You can check out more info on the episode here, and its second part here. 
    We'll have another bonus episode up before the end of the year, and Season 3 will happen at some point in 2022!

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 36 min
    Our Pandemic Year

    Our Pandemic Year

    Eighteen music scholars describe their experiences of the pandemic.
    "On the Banks of the Wabash" was arranged and performed by D. Edward Davis.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 57 min
    The Musicologist as Contrarian with Richard Taruskin

    The Musicologist as Contrarian with Richard Taruskin

    For our Season 2 finale, a wide-ranging conversation with the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin. We talk about his trajectory, from playing early music and studying Russian opera to writing the Oxford History of Western Music and penning polemics in the New York Times; his deep-set belief that musicologists should be skeptics and contrarians; what he hopes for the future of music scholarship; and why he believes it's necessary to make people angry.

    Richard Taruskin is professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Show notes and more over at soundexpertise.org!

    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 58 min
    Cold War Money and New Music with Eduardo Herrera and Michael Uy

    Cold War Money and New Music with Eduardo Herrera and Michael Uy

    How did Cold War money shape the musical avant-garde? What were the roles of experts, elites, and the Rockefeller Foundation in shaping the cultural politics of new music––in the era of serial tyranny and Milton Babbitt's "Who Cares If You Listen?" An interview with musicologists Michael Uy and Eduardo Herrera about their research on funding new music in the Sputnik moment, in both the U.S. and Latin America.

    Michael Uy is Allston Burr Resident Dean and Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Dunster House, and Lecturer on Music at Harvard. Eduardo Herrera is Associate Professor at Rutgers University and soon to join Indiana University as Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 1 hr
    Ethnography and Queer Intimacies on the Dance Floor with Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta

    Ethnography and Queer Intimacies on the Dance Floor with Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta

    How does one come to study a topic that is on the margins of an academic discipline? What does it mean to do ethnographic fieldwork amidst the intimacies of the dance floor––and what are the challenges of doing so in queer spaces? A wide-ranging conversation with ethnomusicologist Luis-Manuel Garcia, on his scholarly journey from early music to rave culture to  gay fetish parties in Berlin.

    Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham.

    Show notes and more over at soundexpertise.org!

    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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Terrific Podcast!

I’m very happy to have come upon this podcast site, quite by accident. It is fascinating to me to hear musicologists talk about their research process. Bravo!

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Music Scholars in Conversation

There are a variety of good music podcasts out there, but this is the only one that features just one scholar talking about their work. These interviews range from the topical to career-spanning with an emphasis on early career scholars working on subject pertaining to North Atlantic repertoires. These episodes are always stimulating and carefully curated and it’s always one of the first podcasts I download on Tuesdays.

Kritischer Bericht ,

Behind the scholarship

Beyond the "what do musicologists do all day?" question, this podcast probes scholars to tell "why?" What factors prompted their work, sometimes leading them into new and unexpected directions? The issues considered are big, but the stakes are huge--connecting what goes on in the classroom with what goes on in "the real world." Perceptive questions from Will Robin, who knows also how to stay out of the way and let his guests tell their story.

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