“A Discourse of Myth”

Yesterday in class, my professor quoted Leo Treitler, who wrote in Musicology and Difference that “music history is, among other things, a discourse of myth.” Now of course this statement can be applied to more than just music history. Any type of history, and even news of current events, can fall prey to myth, as we have all witnessed firsthand with the“fake news” epidemic of the past few years.

There are a multitude of historical events and even entire time periods that are shrouded in mystery, creating the perfect breeding ground for…