Faculty Book: Joseph N. Straus

Joseph N. Straus

Extraordinary Measures: Disability in Music
(Oxford University Press, 2011)

Approaching disability as a cultural construction rather than a medical pathology, this book studies the impact of disability and concepts of disability on composers, performers, and listeners with disabilities, as well as on discourse about music and works of music themselves. For composers with disabilities—like Beethoven, Delius, and Schumann—awareness of the disability sharply inflects critical reception. For performers with disabilities—such as Itzhak Perlman and Evelyn Glennie—disability performance and music performance are deeply intertwined. For listeners with disabilities, extraordinary bodies and minds may give rise to new ways of making sense of music. In the stories that people tell about music, and in the stories that music itself tells, disability has long played a central but unrecognized role. Joseph N. Straus is a distinguished professor of music at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAR 24, 2011

Category: Faculty Books, Music Ph.D. - D.M.A