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  • Ewell's claim is simply that "Music theory is white" (this is explicitly what the SMT statistics are used to argue). And also that "Despite good intentions, and whatever intrinsic benefit [SMT's many diversity initiatives] might have had, if their g…
  • one may deduce that 15.8% of the society's membership is black. You can litterally look for yourself, Ewell provides a citation, and see that this is untrue: https://societymusictheory.org/sites/default/files/demographics/smt-demographics-report-2…
  • When I mentioned the history of music composition after Beethoven, I obviously meant Western music composition. Wait, why is that obvious? It certainly wasn't obvious to me. Why do you think that's the obvious interpretation of "whole history"?
  • Why do you mention "composers of Beijing opera in the 19th century"? Meeely to highlight the fact that there is a much wider range of music created since Beethoven's 9th that was largely unaffected by its composition. Why ignore this music when sp…
  • ; No. The whole history of music composition since the Ninth has been marked by how composers positioned themselves with respect to it, and this has nothing to do with German nationalism. The WHOLE HISTORY of music composition (like, in the WHOLE W…
  • "Cognitive scientists have shown that individuals process music in a particular way, just like individuals process speech in a particular way. (Chomsky's 'universal grammar')" Isn't it true that the notion of universal grammar is mostly rejected b…
  • I second Ed's suggestion. I would also point to James Webster's "Multivalent" approach to formal analysis (see his essay in the Musical Form, Forms, and Formenlehre collection), which is an approach arrayed around the idea of bringing multiple persp…
  • I'm assuming they are trying to get a hang of GMIT? If so, I really like the opening chapter of Rings's Tonality and Transformation as a bite-sized and "plain English" explanation of what's going on. If we are talking the "Phenomenology" essay, then…
  • As a current graduate student at Princeton, I knew Professor Westergaard far less than I'd like, but far more than one would expect for a professor who retired in 2001. 18 years later, Professor Westergaard continued to regularly attend run-throughs…