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Composing Connections Through Music

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

Music has the power to enrich and transform, often in surprising and unexpected ways. Whether it’s a simple melody or a memorable performance, music invites us to critically reflect upon and listen to the stories and people that compose our worlds. As English graduate student Tereza Walsbergerová writes in her contribution, music is more than just orchestrated sound. Rather, it makes up the aural texture of our personal lives: a hug, a kind word, a deep breath. For Walsbergerová, the humanities “provide a platform that lets us, the students and the scholars, the writers and the readers, stop and listen” to the musical interactions that make up the fabric of our lives.