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Virginia Woolf listened to a wide variety of music, including Russian ballet music which she heard when the Ballets Russes visited London in 1912. Wikimedia

How Virginia Woolf’s work was shaped by music

Woolf thought of her books as music before she wrote them so it is unsurprising that her writing influenced the work of composers.
Prisoners are forced to play music as they lead a fellow prisoner to his execution at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Votava/Imagno via Getty Images

How the Nazis used music to celebrate and facilitate murder

Music is supposed to transcend the mundane and horrific. Yet it has also served as an accompaniment to torture and punishment.
Recording artist The Weeknd performs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision — Scott Roth

The Weeknd at the Super Bowl and shanties on TikTok reflect how masculinity is performed in 2021

The falsetto virtuosity of the Weeknd, headliner of this year's Super Bowl halftime show, contrasts with popular ShantyTok singalongs. How do these both reflect masculinity in 2021?

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