Working Groups

Future Histories of Music Theory

Conveners: Carmel Raz and Nathan Martin

The history of music theory bridges between conceptual understanding and hands-on savoir-faire in ways that link current concerns with richly textured investigations of the past. Over the past few years developments ranging from the proliferation of online and digital resources to vastly improved communication technologies have opened new opportunities for innovative scholarship in the field. The “Future Histories of Theory” Working Group, a project of the “Histories of Music, Mind, and Body” Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, aims to foster discussion around recent and emerging trends, including global and material histories; cognition, embodiment, and affect; and digital and empirical methods. The group sponsors workshops, seminars, research residencies, and publication projects with the aim of advancing research on historical music theory in the broadest sense.

 

Events: 

October 9, 2018: Rameau Study Day, featuring Nathan Martin and Ludwig Holtmeier

August 30 — September 21, 2018: Nathan Martin Guest Seminar, "Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Code de musique pratique (1760)"

July 19 — 20, 2018: Workshop, "Future Histories of Music Theory"

 


 

Histories of Modern Rhythmic Theory

Conveners: Carmel Raz, Roger Mathew Grant, and Richard Cohn

The past several decades have witnessed an efflorescence of research on the temporal aspects of musical experience.  Rhythm and meter, once regarded as merely secondary parameters in comparison to pitch and harmony, are now central to the analysis and theory of music.  Nevertheless, the historical predecessors of our theoretical models remain understudied.  The “Histories of Modern Rhythmic Theory” Working Group, a project of the “Histories of Music, Mind, and Body” Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, aims to redress this imbalance.  Bringing empirical approaches together with historicist and analytical work, the working group cultivates new critical and comparative perspectives on historical rhythmic and metric theory.  Participants workshop new research, present formal papers, contribute to seminar discussions on primary sources, and plan publication projects with the aim of catalyzing new research in this emerging field.     

 

Events: 

November 19 — 20, 2018: Workshop I, "Histories of Rhythmic Theory, 1600-present"

March 14 —15, 2019: Workshop II, Title TBD

 


 

Music and Forms of Attention

More information coming soon.