#18: An Interview with Douglas Shadle

Today I’m with Professor Doug Shadle from Vanderbilt University. We’re discussing American symphonies and orchestras, and the C20th music critic Claudia Cassidy. As a public figure in the classical music industry she faced considerable sexism, and we’re talking about what we can learn from her life and how we move conversations about gender forward.

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Douglas Shadle © Anne Rayner

Douglas Shadle is Associate Professor of Musicology and Chair of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Called “superb” by the New York Times, his first book, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (Oxford UP, 2016) uncovers why American orchestral music of the nineteenth century failed to gain a foothold on concert programs and remains terra incognita for most orchestras. The book won an ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award, the American Musicological Society’s inaugural H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award, and the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research. Shadle has written on the cultural resonance of American orchestras and orchestral music for a wide variety of venues, including the Journal of the Society for American Music, I Care If You Listen, NewMusicBox, and the New York Times. His second book, A Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti (U Chicago Press, 2019) is a collection of writings by the beloved Chicago Sun-Times music critic Andrew Patner, co-edited by CSO trustee John Schmidt. Shadle is currently completing large-scale projects on composer Florence Price (1887–1953) and Antonín Dvorák’s famous New World Symphony (1893).

His Vanderbilt biography can be found here, and he tweets @DougShadle.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).

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