I’m pleased to announce the debut of the Musical Representations of Disability Database. Updated regularly with contributions from its users, the database organizes musical works that feature a representation of disability or a disabled person. The expansive nature of this list—covering diverse composers, genres, and time periods—demonstrates the pervasiveness of disability within musical discourses. It is my hope that this will be a valuable tool for music scholars interested in the history of disability representation.
The database depends on its users to continually expand, emend, and improve its content. Please SUBMIT a new entry or EMEND an existing entry. We have about 230 entries so far—but this is just a quick first pass through the repertoire. Hopefully we’ll be able to double (or triple?) its content by the end of the school year.