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Queer History Month Post #4: Ghosts

While we might think of ghosts as primarily visual entities, sound and music have played and continue to play an important role in the history of ghost stories and supposedly true stories of hauntings. One of my favorite sitcoms has a lot of fun with imagining the musical opinions of ghosts across time, including scenes […]

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Queer History Month Post #3: Reading

Most of my writing so far on this website (and elsewhere) has dealt with questions of how musicology has been written in different times and places and with different audiences in mind. A large part of my argument for thinking about musical scholarship as a form of literature revolves around considering how we read different […]

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Queer History Month Post #2: Listening

For, one of the supreme qualities of a gramophonic concert, as contrasted with hearing the same music from an orchestra in a concert-hall, is the superior intimacy, closeness of attention, fixedness of interest, absortion [sic] of all that the music means and conveys to ear and psychos; as there is not any of the sub-conscious […]

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Queer History Month Post #1 : Old Chapters

Long-Haired Iopas: Old Chapters from Twenty-Five Years of Music-Criticism demonstrates many of Prime-Stevenson’s idiosyncrasies, particularly in his later self-published works. It is a book full of contradictions. The title implies deeply personal reflections, with many chapters dedicated to close personal friends and family, yet the introduction makes it clear that this is not a memoir […]