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Shall We Change the Subject? A Music Historian Reflects

In this lecture, Richard Taruskin reflects on the historiography of music and its embrace of a Whiggish paradigm that he argues has had a deleterious effect on the value and practice of music. Taruskin's extensive work as a scholar and music journalist has earned him the title
"America's national musicologist" (Der Spiegel). A specialist in Russian and Soviet music, twentieth-century music, the theory of performance, music and politics, and general historiography, Taruskin has authored and edited numerous books and articles, most recently the six-volume "Oxford History of Western Music" (2005) and "Music in the Western World: A History in Documents"
(2007).

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