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MemberAxel Klein

I am an independent researcher specializing in the history of art music in Ireland, especially the 19th and 20th centuries. A related field of interest is the music of Irish emigrants in Europe (particularly in France) and the US. I was born in 1962, studied at the University of Hildesheim and Trinity College Dublin, PhD in 1995. Based in Frankfurt, Germany, I have written and edited some books, numerous articles and book chapters, and was elected a Corresponding Member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) in 2015.

DepositHUMN 3220: Political & Social History of Music

An introduction to music appreciation and history that emphasizes the political, cultural, and social influences on music from antiquity to the 20th century. Contents include sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental, and folk and art music from across the Western world, including modern popular song. No previous musical experience necessary. All course materials, including textbooks, are included.

MemberNate Ruechel

I am a PhD student in historical musicology at Florida State University. Broadly conceived, my research interests include 20th and 21st century American music culture, the ethics of historiography, and the overlap between structures of authority, political discourse, and aesthetic significance. My master’s thesis centers on Aaron Copland’s early symphonic jazz in the context of his transnational musical training and unique social position.