The Alterity and Western Art Music Podcast is a three-episode series that addresses inequities in classical music through three case studies. The first episode introduces the theoretical concept of alterity and how it can be used to discuss the “influence” from Native American and African American musical practices found in Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World.” The second episode introduces the concept of intersectionality and use it to discuss the career and legacy of composer Florence Price. The third and final episode discusses how the animals in Camille Saint-Saëns’ work Carnival of the Animals are used to represent different identities, drawing on the pioneering work in the “animanities” by Dr. Rachel Mundy. Each episode features guided listenings to excerpts of works by each composer, as well as interviews with experts in each respective topic.
Along with the e-zine and syllabus, this podcast was created by a group of musicology graduate students studying music and alterity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the wake of the civil and political unrest sweeping the United States in 2020. This podcast seeks to contribute to the recent wave of critical commentary within the field of musicology which show that racist practices continually plague the academic, musicological, and classical music communities.
~Team podcast (Drew Borecky and R. Justin Frankeny)
Episode 1: Antonín Dvořák in the New World
Featuring Dr. Annegret Fauser
Episode 2: Florence Price and Intersectionality
Featuring Kori Hill