New Feature: Database of Musical Representations of Disability

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.

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