Dr. Carmel Raz

Main research areas

  • History of musical cognition
  • Music and neural science in the Romantic Era
  • Eighteenth-century Scottish philosophy
  • Theories of attention
  • History of music theory

Research Group Histories of Music, Mind, and Body 


Academic Education

2009–2015PhD in Music Theory, Yale University
2004–2006Masters in Composition, University of Chicago
2000–2004Diplom in Violin Performance, Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler,” Berlin


Seit 2018Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2015–2018Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University


Articles in Journals:

Carmel Raz, “‘To ‘Fill Up, Completely, the Whole Capacity of the Mind’: Listening with Attention in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland.” Forthcoming, Music Theory Spectrum 44.1 (2022).

Carmel Raz, “Hector Berlioz’s Neurophysiological Imagination.” Forthcoming, Journal of the American Musicological Society 75.1 (2022).

Carmel Raz, “The Kinetic Universe of Philippe Leroux’s De La Texture (2007):  Drum Rudiments, Waveform Profiles, and Process Polyphony.” Forthcoming, Music Theory and Analysis 8.2 (2021).

Carmel Raz, “Séances, “Sperrits,” and Self-Playing Accordions: Musical Instruments in Victorian Spiritualism.”  Journal of Musicology 38.2 (2021).        Link

Carmel Raz, “How the Sheng became a Harp,” Journal of Sound Studies 6.2 (2020): 239–56. DOI: 10.1080/20551940.2020.1794648        Link.

Carmel Raz and Francesca Brittan, “Attention, Anxiety, and Audition’s Histories,”  introduction to colloquy on “Music and Forms of Attention in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 72.2 (2019), 541–546.        Link.

Carmel Raz, “Talking to the Hand: The “Hysterical Epistemology” of the Migrating Sensorium.” Colloquy on “Music and Forms of Attention in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 72.2 (2019), 552–557.        Link.

Carmel Raz, “An Eighteenth-Century Theory of Musical Cognition? John Holden’s Essay Toward a Rational System of Music (1770).” Journal of Music Theory 62.2, Fall (2018): 205–248, Link.

Carmel Raz, “Anne Young’s Introduction to Music (1803): Pedagogical, Speculative, and Ludic Music Theory.” SMT-V: Videocast Journal of the Society for Music Theory 4.3 (October, 2018), Link.

Carmel Raz, “Anne Young’s Musical Games (1801): Music Theory, Gender, and Game Design.” SMT-V: Videocast Journal of the Society for Music Theory 4.2 (September, 2018), Link.

Carmel Raz, “Music, Theater, and the Moral Treatment: the Case Dei Matti of Aversa and Palermo.” Special issue on “Italian Music and the Medical Sciences,” Laboratoire italien 20.2 (2017).

Carmel Raz,  “‘The Expressive Organ Within Us’: Ether, Ethereality, and Early Romantic Ideas about Music and the Nerves.” 19th-Century Music 38.2 (2014): 115–144.

Carmel Raz,  “The Lost Movements of Ernst Toch’s ‘Gesprochene Musik.’” Current Musicology 97 (2014): 37–59.

Carmel Raz,  “From Trinidad to Cyberspace: Reconsidering Toch’s Geographical Fugue.” Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie 9.2 (2012): 227–243.

Carmel Raz, “Wagnerpunk: A Steampunk Reading of Patrice Chéreau’s Staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen (1976).” Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies 4.2 (2011): 91–107.


Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Carmel Raz, “Sound Minds and Tuning Forks: Neuroscience’s Vibratory Histories.” In The Science-Music Borderlands: Reckoning with the Past and Imagining the Future, ed. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Psyche Loui, and Deirdre Loughridge. MIT Press, forthcoming.

Carmel Raz, “Operatic Fantasies in Early Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry.” In Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination, ed. David Trippett and Benjamin Walton. Cambridge University Press, 2019, 63–83.        Link.

Carmel Raz,  “At Adama: A Musical Vignette.” In Art Musics of Israel, ed. Malcolm Miller, Brepols. In press.

Carmel Raz and Stanley Finger, “Musical Glasses, Metal Reeds, and Broken Hearts: Two Cases of Melancholia Treated by New Musical Instruments.” In The Routledge Companion to Music, Mind and Wellbeing: Historical and Scientific Perspectives, ed. Penelope Gouk and James Kennaway, Routledge, 2018, 77–92.

Carmel Raz,  “Tafillalt’s ‘Soulmate’ and the Israeli Piyyut Revival.” In Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas: Musical Exodus, ed. Ruth F. Davis. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, 165–180.



Carmel Raz,  “Deirdre Loughridge, Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism,” Music and Letters 99.1 (2018): 126–128.

Carmel Raz, “Music and the Nerves: 1700–1900, ed. James Kennaway, Social History of Medicine 29.3 (2016): 638–639.

Carmel Raz,  “Ossian’s Folk Psychology,” by John Savarese [English Literary History 80.3], for the Journal of Literature and Science 7:2 (2014).

Carmel Raz, “Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children’s Songs of the Modern Hebrew Nation (1882–1948),” Asian Music (2014), 45:2, 132–133.


Other Writings:

Carmel Raz, “James Beattie, ‘An Essay on Poetry and Music, As they Affect the Mind.’” Entry in the Lexikon der musikalischen Schriften, ed. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann and Felix Wörner, forthcoming.  

Carmel Raz, “John Holden, ‘Essay towards a Rational System of Music.’” Entry in the Lexikon der musikalischen Schriften, ed. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann and Felix Wörner, forthcoming.  

Carmel Raz, “Christian Conrad Moritz, ‘Die Wirkungen der äussern Sinne in psychologischer Rücksicht: Über das musikalische Gehör’” (co-authored with David E. Cohen). Entry in the Lexikon der musikalischen Schriften, ed. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann and Felix Wörner, forthcoming.

Carmel Raz, “Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the Reinvention of Pythagorean Aesthetics,” Public Domain Review, May 16, 2019.        Link.

Carmel Raz, “Going Global, in Theory,” (co-authored with David E. Cohen, Roger M. Grant, Andrew Hicks, Nathan J. Martin, Caleb Mutch, Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann, Felix Wörner, and Anna Zayaruznaya). Musicological Brainfood 3.1 (2019),       Link.

Carmel Raz,  “Of Sound Minds and Tuning Forks: Charcot’s Acoustic Experiments at the Salpêtrière, Musicology Now, October 2015, Link

Carmel Raz,  Program notes on Ahinoam Nini, Yair Dallal, and Ensemble Tafillalt, “Sounds of Israel” Festival, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, 2012.

Carmel Raz,  “Shulamit Ran’s First String Quartet: In Tune with the Audience and Performer” Israel Music Institute: IMI Presents, 2008 / 2.

Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

2018Member, AcademiaNet (international database organized by the Robert Bosch Stiftung to promote outstanding female academics; membership by nomination only)
2016Course Development Award, The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University
2015Theron Rockwell Field Dissertation Prize
2013–2014Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship
2011–2012Exchange Fellowship, CT / Baden-Württemberg Landesstiftung
2005–2006Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Achievement Fellowship, University of Chicago


  • "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 ...

  • "Music Theory in the Scottish Enlightenment"

    This book project focuses on the emergence of a proto-cognitivist strain of music theory in late eighteenth-century Scotland. It examines theories of music advanced by John Holden (1729-1771) and Walter Young (1745-1814), as well as ...