Hereditary Musicians in India and Europe: How to Create Music Exceptionalism

Daniel Neuman, Professor, Ethnomusicology, Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music, and Interim Director, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

As with many other specialist occupations — think of the guilds of medieval Europe or even the family kinship connected trade crafts of organized unions in the United States — music as a profession was often inherited and in North India, this was commonly the case until well into the middle of the 20th century. I want to consider the case of North India in a bit of detail today, not so much as a presumed model of what might have been the case in Europe three centuries back, but as a study of the intersection of musical pedigree with biography, history and what we will sometimes refer to as genius.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed Hall