„Most people have music in the center of their lives. I believe my work sheds light on how music affects us and why it is so influential.“

—  Susan McClary, from http://web.archive.org/20030225083736/www.ucla.edu/spotlight/archive/html_2001_2002/fac0502_mcclalry.html
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American musicologist 1946
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