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A Self-Defining Sound: Classical Music as it Pertains to Identity and Otherness

by Hines, Ariannis Jacalyn

Abstract

This project aims to critically examine European classical music, drawing from social, historical, and cultural factors that have driven its conception, growth, exceptionalization, and prevalent affect. Why are urban and “at risk” youth are zealously encouraged by school districts and other government funded forces to participate in youth classical orchestras? More or less structured chronologically, this project focuses on empire and secular music under the scope of colonialism; imperialism, aesthetic, consumption, globalization, and present-day analysis of the classical music initiatives. It is evident that the development of Western classical music continues to reflect and influence how humans deal with difference, and I argue that the history of classical music can illuminate how white supremacy evolved into the gravitational force it is today. Moreover, this study seeks to articulate how mass participation in classical orchestras effects one’s sense of self.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:31264
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
35 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Michael Sawyer Ofer Ben-Amots
Department/Program
Music
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05