Wednesday@Noon Lecture by Leonora Saavedra: The Canon is not what is wrong with the canon

Department of Music

Wednesday@Noon Series

Leonora Saavedra,
Professor and Chair, Department of Music
The Canon is not what is wrong with the canon
For decades musicologists have addressed, attacked or deconstructed the canon of Western art music. Yet the canonic fantasy remains steadfast. Any attempts to eradicate it face heated, emotional responses. This talk begins by provincializing Europe and positioning us as scholars of the American continent. I address the canon’s origins as a product of nationalism, and its widespread expansion as facilitated by colonialism. Most importantly, however, I examine the consequences of the canon’s origins for the historiographical premises of the historical narratives we construct and for the ontology and epistemology upon which we base our inquiries as producers of knowledge about music.

March 13 2019
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Leonora Saavedra was born in Mexico City and after wandering around she eventually became a citizen of the United States. In a previous life she was a performer and improviser of avant-garde music, and several Mexican composers wrote music for her. In her current life she teaches and researches full time matters such as the mechanisms whereby a group of people become a nation, and the production of social knowledge in and through music. Previous administrative experience includes being the Director of Mexico’s National Center for Music Research, among others, and is now almost done being Chair of the Department of Music. She is also a grandmother.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245

• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.

Wednesday, March 13 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and open to the campus

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