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SoundCite Test

Most history enthusiasts, students, and even scholars know little about the formal properties of music; they lack the knowledge and expertise to make either musical or historical sense of recordings made a century ago. Since they are not trained musicians or musicologists, they cannot hear syncopation, improvisation, the habanera rhythm– listen to my habanera–, banjo frailing, steel guitar technique, or the specific harmonies used in band arrangements, nor can they assess the significance of these elements. Since they are not specialists in music history, they cannot “hear” the multiple contexts of race, class, gender, and nationality that enabled a given performance and structured the way it was heard at the time.

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