Long-term editorial projects

In recent decades, empirical approaches have become increasingly popular in studying the arts—visual and performing arts, literature, music, and other hybrid forms and media. This is reflected mainly in the success of the digital humanities, but also in the frequency and depth with which empirical work on art reception is acknowledged in more traditional humanities departments.



Research Projects

Lexicon of Writings on Music

While lexicons of relevant texts have long been available in many disciplines, such tools are missing for the large range of writings on music.


Performing Systematic Empirical Research in the Arts. A Handbook

Empirical approaches in the arts have become more and more popular in recent decades, which is reflected mostly in the success of the Digital Humanities, but also in the frequency and depth with which empirical work on art reception is acknowledged in more traditional humanities departments. Another notable example of this trend is, of course, our own, fast-developing field, the Empirical Aesthetics.


The history of German speaking musicology from ca. 1810 to ca. 1990

Musicology, on the one hand, dates back to antiquity and can be viewed as a part of the Artes Liberales, but on the other hand it belongs to those parts of human knowledge which developed into university disciplines with the differentiation of the sciences at the beginning of the 19th century.




Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & van Dyck-Hemming, A. (Eds.). (2023). Musikwissenschaftliche Gesellschaften und Zeitschriften (Special issue of Die Musikforschung 76/4). https://doi.org/10.52412/mf.2023.H4.

Wald-Fuhrmann, M. & Wörner, F. (Vol.-Eds). Grimm, H., Wald-Fuhrmann, M. & Wörner, F. (Series-Eds.). 2022. Lexikon Schriften über Musik: Vol. 2. Musikästhetik in Europa und Nordamerika [Musik aesthetics in Europe and North America. Kassel]. Bärenreiter/Metzler.

Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie (2022). “Musikwissenschaft.” In Laurenz Lütteken (Ed.), MGG Online (2016–). Retrieved from https://www.mgg-online.com/mgg/stable/404548

Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2020). Die Bedeutung von Musiksammlungen für die Entstehung der Musikwissenschaft. In Sammeln - Musizieren - Forschen. Zur Dresdner höfischen Musik : Bericht über das internationale Kolloquium vom 21. bis 23. Januar, (pp. 1-16). doi.org/10.25366/2020.32

Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2019). Komplement und Korrektiv: Empirie als Teil einer transdisziplinären Musikästhetik. Musik & Ästhetik, 23(91), 84-88.


Stefan Keym und Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (Hg.). (2018). Wege zur Musikwissenschaft. Gründungsphasen im internationalen Vergleich / Paths to Musicology. Founding Phases in International Comparison. Kassel und Stuttgart: Bärenreiter und Metzler.

Fischinger, T. (2018). Vorreiter einer empirischen Ästhetik: Anmerkungen zur Studie «Die natürliche Stimmung in der modernen Vokalmusik» (1893) von Max Planck. Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, (1), 27-29.

Scheideler, U., & Wörner, F. (Vol.-Eds.). Grimm, H., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (Series-Eds.). (2017). Lexikon Schriften über Musik: Vol. 1. Musiktheorie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Kassel/Stuttgart: Bärenreiter/Metzler

Greb, F., Elvers, P., & Fischinger, T. (2017). Trends in empirical aesthetics: A review of the journal "Empirical Studies of the Arts" from 1983 to 2014. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 35(1), 3-26. doi:10.1177/0276237415625258.

Annette van Dyck-Hemming und Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (2016). Vom Datum zum historischen Zusammenhang. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer fachgeschichtlichen Datenbank. In S. Bolz, M. Kelber, I. Knoth & A. Langenbruch (Hg.), Wissenskulturen der Musikwissenschaft. Generationen – Netzwerke – Denkstrukturen (S. 261-278), Bielefeld: transcript.