Ted Gioia's Subversive Musical History

Dec 6, 2019

As a music historian, Ted Gioia seeks out the stories of musical outsiders. His new book, Music: A Subversive History, explores the impact of music’s concealed influences and the power that music holds over us.

Students of music know that Phrygian and Lydian are two types of musical modes, but what the students, and the rest of us, likely don’t know is that they are also nationalities of ancient Greek slaves. As a music historian, Gioia has spent his career seeking out these types of details, and the stories of musical outsiders. His new book, Music: A Subversive History, explores the impact of music’s concealed influences, and the power that music holds over us.

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