Neil Lerner co-edits groundbreaking study
Routledge Press recently published Sounding Off: Theorizing Disability in Music, co-edited by Neil Lerner and Joseph N. Straus (Graduate Center, CUNY). The first book-length work on music-historical and music-theoretical issues related to disability, Sounding Off also features an essay by Andrew Oster, class of '01, entitled "Melisa as Malady: Cavalli's Il Giasone (1649) and Opera's Earliest Stuttering Role." Besides co-writing the introduction, Lerner's contribution ("The Horrors of One-Handed Pianism: Music and Disability in The Beast with Five Fingers") deals with one-handed piano music and a film score by Max Steiner. Other essays approach disability as it affects musicians and ways disability is represented in musical form and performance.
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