Lexicon 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. This is despite the fact that alongside compositions and musical practices themselves, texts about music represent a valuable collection of sources on music history. They can also provide important insights into the aesthetic understanding and conception of music from the perspective of the composer’s craft. The lexicon created through this project will appear in three volumes. It will offer access to, describe, and comment on music-related texts since antiquity. The first volume will be devoted to texts with an accent on music theory. In volume two, the focus is on published writings tied to the aesthetics of music in Europe and North America. Volume 3 will assemble writings on Persian-Arabic, Indian and East Asian musical traditions and thus make this corpus systematically accessible on a larger scale for the first time.

A special feature of the project is that the types of text included will expand the boundaries of the usual canon represented in lexicons and encyclopedias, insofar as such works address problems relevant to the aesthetics or philosophy of music. These lesser-known writings emerge from the belletristic realm, and from the world of compositional instruction, instrumental schools and manuals for singing; we will also include texts by composers aimed at artistic self-assurance as well as some connected to religious rites and sovereign representation. Attention is paid  to texts that have only played a role in marginalized discourses but that seem suitable for expanding the corpus of central musical writings, affording new discoveries and interpretations.

Alongside the book project, there will be—as the outcome of a second step—a digital edition of the little-known or unknown texts commented on in the lexicon.

You will find a list of the texts discussed in the lexicon here ( Status only preliminary)



Volume 1:
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

Editorial management: Michaela Kaufmann
Editorial assistance: Janine Wiesecke, Alexis Ruccius, Alexandru Bulucz, Daniel Fleisch, Lukas Kretzschmar, Julia Nebl

Volume 2:
Wörner, F., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (Vol.-Eds.). Grimm, H., Wald-Fuhrmann, M. & Wörner, F. (Series-Eds.). (2023). Lexikon Schriften über Musik: Vol. 2. Musikästhetik in Europa und Nordamerika / Music aesthetics in Europe and North America. Kassel/Stuttgart: Bärenreiter/Metzler.

Editorial management: Janine Wiesecke, Annette van Dyck-Hemming (ab 2022)
Editorial assistance: Flavia Hennig, Maren Hochgesand, Iris Sophie Simon, Anna Lahusen, Taren Ackermann, Daniel Fleisch, Alexis Ruccius, Jan Eggert

Volume 3 (in preparation):
Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann and Felix Wörner (eds.): Musikästhetik in  globaler Perspektive / Music aesthetics in global perspective, Kassel: Bärenreiter/Metzler