YYGS Students - During our class session, we will divide you into teams of two to explore one of the eight topics listed below. Please read the descriptions and if you prefer to work on a specific topic, please send the team number to firstname.lastname@example.org before class on Tuesday.
If you wish to look at any of the topic pages before class you may, but it is not necessary. The Google docs will be available during class for your team work.
We welcome you to our class, Music and Power, which will explore the intersection of music and power with examples from five different centuries over the past 650 years. Each of our topics is built around a musical resource from the special collections of the Yale University Library: either a manuscript or piece of printed music; a historic recording; or an oral history interview. These are complemented by historic texts and photographs, as well as contemporary recordings and videos. The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are the collections where these original sources are housed. Were we meeting, would be able to show you some of the originals, but as we are not able to do that, we have focused on materials that have been digitized and placed online. We hope that someday we will have an opportunity to welcome you to the Yale Music Library, where you may arrange to see some of these resources in person.
The Power of Princes
Team 1: Royal Weddings in the 1400s
Team 2: Coronations
The Power of the State
Team 3: Political Campaigns
Team 4: World War I
Team 5: Jazz Diplomacy
The Power of the People
Team 6: Women's Suffrage Movement
Team 7: U.S. Race Relations
Team 8: Environmentalism and Music