Research Group Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

The complex cognitive and social mechanisms responsible for human musical behavior are topics of great interest to scientific disciplines such as psychology and neuroscience. Many of the concepts with which these disciplines operate, however, are inheritances of past musical practices and theories, some of them centuries old, and many of them tied to particular cultures and ways of thought. The goal of the “Histories of Music, Mind, and Body” Research Group is to investigate the ways in which scientists, practitioners, and the public have thought, and still think, about music: its component elements, its structures and conventions, and its corporeal, emotional, and aesthetic effects. Departing from traditional musicological approaches which often consider these features individually, we triangulate between histories of music, mind, and body to illuminate the conceptual lineages of the ideas about music which continue to influence research in music cognition today.

 

    "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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    "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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    "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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    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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    Lecture Series

    Dr. Kirkegaard (Nat.'l Museum, Denmark) will present "Music Theory, Theosophy, and Enchanted Modernity"

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    Prof. Trippett (Cambridge) will give a talk entitled "Sonic Matter"

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    Prof. Wild (McGill) will give a talk entitled "Further Compositional Resources of Vicentino's (1555) 31-tone Tuning System"

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    Events

     

     

    News

    Carmel Raz and David Cohen will be presenting on a panel entitled "A Long Perspective on Music and Attention: From Liturgical Listening to the Neural Orchestra" at AMS 2022.

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    Dr. Russell O'Rourke will be joining us in Frankfurt as a visiting fellow for the Summer. Welcome!

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    Sound and Sense in British Romanticism, co-edited by James Grande and Carmel Raz, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press.

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    Activities


    at the "Early Music Pedagogy Then and Now: From the Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance" Conference, Brescia, Italy [mehr]


    at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Musicology, the Society for Music Theory, and the Society for Ethnomusicology in New Orleans [mehr]


    at the Nineteenth Century Song Club Workshop, London [mehr]


    at the 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress in Athens, Greece [mehr]

    Press

    Talking with host Bruce Triggs about the accordion's surprising role in Victorian spiritualism.

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    In a piece on the origins of the glass harmonica's purported effects on the nerves. Read more here

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    Raz was interviewed on BBC Radio 3 again, this time about her research on Scottish Music Theory. Catch the feature here.

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    Researchers

    Dr. Carmel Raz

    Forschungsgruppe Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

    Forschungsgruppenleiterin

    +49 69 8300479-810

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    Senior Research Scientist David Cohen

    Dr. David Cohen

    Forschungsgruppe Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

    Senior Research Scientist

    +49 69 8300479-811

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    Caleb Mutch

    Dr. Caleb Mutch

    Forschungsgruppe Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    +49 69 8300479-812

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    Dr. Russell O’Rourke

    Forschungsgruppe Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

    Gastwissenschaftler

    +49 69 8300479-813

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    Contact

    Diana Gleiß

    Diana Gleiß

    Forschungsgruppen

    Assistentin der Forschungsgruppenleiter/innen

    +49 69 8300479-801

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    Guest Researchers

    June 2021 – present

    Prof. Marc Perlman (Brown University)

    October 2019 – July 2020:

    Prof. Thomas Christensen (University of Chicago)

    August – October 2018:

    Prof. Nathan Martin (University of Michigan)

    Publications

    James Grande and Carmel Raz, eds. Sound and Sense in British Romanticism. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.

    Carmel Raz, “Hector Berlioz’s  Neurophysiological Imagination.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 75.1 (2022): 1-37.           Link

    David E. Cohen, “Melodia and the 'Disposition of the Soul': Giulio Cesare Monteverdi’s ‘Platonic’ Defense of the Seconda Pratica. Journal of Musicology 39.2 (2022): 180-209.        Link

    Caleb Mutch, “‘Something Else is Possible’: Transcultural Collaboration as Anti-Apartheid Activism in the Music of Juluka.” Popular Music 44.2 doi:10.1017/S026114302100043X      Link

    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.

    David E. Cohen, “From Ramos to Rameau: Toward the Origins of the Modern Concept of Harmony.” Journal of Music Theory 66.1 (Spring 2022): 1-42.

    Caleb Mutch, “How the Triad Took (a) Root,” Journal of Music Theory 66.1 (Spring 2022): 43-62.  

    Carmel Raz, “‘To ‘Fill Up, Completely, the Whole Capacity of the Mind’: Listening with Attention in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland.” Music Theory Spectrum 44.1 (2022): 141-154.           Link.

    David E. Cohen, “‘Latet discordantia quartae’: An Early Natural-Scientific Explanation of Upper-Voice Fourths.” Music and Science from Leonardo to Galileo, ed. Victor Coelho and Rudolf Rasch. Brepols, forthcoming.

    Carmel Raz, “The Kinetic Universe of Philippe Leroux’s De La Texture (2007):  Drum Rudiments, Waveform Profiles, and Process Polyphony.”  Music Theory & Analysis 8.2 (2021): 327-340.         Link

    Caleb Mutch, “Canons and Contestable Cadences in Brahms’s Op. 118 No. 4.” Music Theory & Analysis 8.1 (2021), 143-151.       Link

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

    David E. Cohen, “‘A Body Composed of Many Parts’: The Concept of Harmony in Leonardo da Vinci’s Paragone.” Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy, ed. Timothy Shepherd and Sanna Raninen. Routledge, forthcoming.

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

    David E. Cohen, “Before and After John of Garland: The Concept of Directed Dyadic Progression and Its Prehistory.” Music Theory & Analysis 7.1 (2020), 63-113.      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, “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, “Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the Reinvention of Pythagorean Aesthetics,” Public Domain Review, May 16, 2019.        Link.

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

    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, Jacomien Prins, Wiebke Thormaehlen, and James Kennaway.  Routledge, 2018, 77–92.        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 (October, 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

    David E. Cohen, “Rhythm, Number, and Heraclitus' River,” AMS / SMT History of Music Theory Blog, August 2018.       Link