Humanities

Music and the Globalization of Culture

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Lecture

Culture was long defined by the artistic and intellectual creations of local communities. In this talk, historian Harry Liebersohn explores the globalization of culture as exemplified by music. He argues that technological innovations of the early twentieth century dramatically expanded music’s horizons by making global developments accessible to both producers and consumers for the first time. Berlin-based scientists, scholars, musicians, and businessmen played no small part in this transformation. Liebersohn’s talk surveys both the rapid changes in musical culture and its legacy in the era of internet downloads and streaming music services.