The Gilmore Music Library’s vast Special Collections are renowned for their strong emphasis on Western music. Embedded within the collections, however, are historical encounters with music outside of the Western classical canon.
In this exhibit, the music of “the Other” comes to us from a variety of sources: early voyages of discovery, the impetus to incorporate ethnic and indigenous traditions into art music, and the portrayal of racial identity in American music. This diversity of settings suggests that the identity of the Other shifts according to the politics of time and place.
Encountering the Other is an ongoing exhibit with an online component in blog form. We invite you to visit www.encounteringtheother.wordpress.com to view new additions and discoveries.