Future Histories of Music Theory

Conveners: Carmel Raz, Nathan Martin, Lester Hu, and Thomas Christensen

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 Music Theory” Working Group 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.


March 27, 2022: Sources in Historical Music Theory Workshop 

June 17, 2021: Workshop, "Future Histories of Music Theory: Problems and Possibilities"

December 5, 2019: Jean-Philippe Rameau Study Day II, featuring Thomas Christensen & Alexander Jacobidze-Gitman

October 9, 2018: Jean-Philippe Rameau Study Day, featuring Nathan Martin & Ludwig Holtmeier

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

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