Projects

"Music, Mind, and Body, 1650-1900"

This project traces the role of music in theories of the mind and body, as well as the ways in which understandings of the mind and body have been historically applied to explain the effects of music during the period bookended by Descartes and Charcot.

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A Global Anthology of Sources in the History of Music Theory

This anthology aims to capture the range and variety of human music theorizing by offering excerpts (with commentary) of more than three hundred documents selected from across the world’s musical traditions. 

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"The Hammers and the Bow: Western Polyphony, the Metaphysics of Unity, and the Concept of Harmony"

Heraclitus, invoking the tensed string of a bow, conceived harmony as the stasis and equilibrium of conflicting forces held in continuing tension. Plato in the Symposium rejects this view in favor of a concept of harmony in which all conflict must already have been resolved.

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"Hearing with the Mind: Proto-Cognitive Music Theory in the Scottish Enlightenment"

This book focuses on the proto-cognitivist music theory advanced by John Holden (1729-1772) and on its afterlife in the work of a remarkable pair of Scottish siblings, Walter (1745-1814) and Anne Young (1756-1811)...

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Database of Sources in the History of Music Theory

This open-access database features digitized original-language versions of all of the music-theoretical sources included in the Global Anthology of Sources in the History of Music Theory, and will then gradually expand to include sources beyond the reader.  

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Afterlives of Pythagoreanism: Musica theorica and Its Legacy

This book examines  the dissolution, and at the same time some especially noteworthy ramifications, of speculative music theory in the Pythagorean style, the central component of what the Middle Ages and Renaissance called musica theorica

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