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"Ned McGowan, an American expatriate living in Amsterdam known as a leading contemporary composer/flutist"

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Writings

Exploring Seven Borders

Published in the National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly, 2019 Fall issue.



Is Music Universal?

Published 2015, University of Mysore

"Music is the universal language of mankind.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An oft-heard statement is that music is the one true universal language. While this may be a nice phrase to promote harmony between cultures, the question arises: is it actually true? Can the same piece of music communicate the same thing to people from different cultures?

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