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Karen Cook on American Spark

University of Hartford’s Karen Cook sheds light on a little known field of music study, ludomusicology. American Spark correspondent Carol Vassar introduces us to Karen and her fascinating work.

When I’m thinking historically about music, many times I’m not even worried about the piece itself. I’m more interested in the people around it. I want to know what their lives were like... what challenges they faced.
— Karen Cook
May-Lily Lee