Linda Shaver-Gleason, Ph.D. Musicologist, Writer, Program Annotator, Teacher

Public Writing

In addition to writing program notes, Linda writes essays and articles about music aimed at a broad readership. She started her blog, Not Another Music History Cliché, in May 2016, with the goal of being a "classical music Snopes," debunking music history myths. Since then, it has grown to offer commentary on many aspects of classical music culture, from snobbery to composer hero-worship.

"[My] job is to stimulate enthusiasm, not quash it. Since I threw myself into the business of debunking myths, I'm at risk of being the pedant who derails an interesting conversation with, 'Well, actually...' Sometimes I worry I'm so caught up in correcting misconceptions about music that I give the impression I don't actually like it. That's motivated me to write more than just corrections, to explain why the history matters and hopefully replace the warm fuzzies of a feel-good false narrative with an awed appreciation for history."

From "Not Another Music History Blog! Public Musicology on the Internet,"
for Musicology Now

Essays on Other Sites

Linda has written about musicological matters for other websites, both music- and non-music-focused:

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