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The Book for the Completion of Musical Knowledge
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The Book for the Completion of Musical Knowledge is one of two unique treatises coming down to us from the 11th century; the other is Encompasser of the Arts of Ibn al- Ṭaḥḥān al-Mūsīqī. Both are written by practicing musicians and composers, and as such provide, a most welcome musical practices supplement to the tenth-century legacy of music theory and literature, namely, the works of al-Fārābī and al-Iṣfahānī. In composition, al-Kātib provides useful details regarding the process to set a poem to music; in education, he advises students on how to choose a good teacher; in performance, he advises students about to breathe properly and how to ornament vocal and instrumental music.
Ephemeral Arts and the Formation of Scholar-Artist Communities in Northern Song China
This book explores one of the central questions among many disciplines: how communities are formed. It investigates this question through the perspectives of scholar-artist communities in Northern Song China. You will learn how some of the then popular ephemeral artistic practices, such as whisking tea, burning aromatic substances, and playing and listening to qin music, were performed. Through these practices related sensory experiences were generated. The formation process of communities invovled many other aspects such as the interplay among people, materials, ephemeral arts, and sensory experiences, which is hard to identify in pure textual sources.
This book argues for the relevance, appropriateness, and usefulness of historical materialism to the musicological project. It interrogates the history of encounters between Marxism and music studies — both within and without the Soviet sphere — before staging the missed encounter between classical musicology and Second International Marxism. It concludes with a framework for understanding style history in terms of changes in the forces and relations of musical production.
Musiklehrerinnen- und Musiklehrerbildung in Würzburg aus institutionsgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Ausgangspunkt dieser Studie ist die Frage, wie und warum die heutige Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (HfM) im Jahr 1973 zur zweiten Musikhochschule in Bayern wurde. Dieser 1970 vom damaligen Rektor Reinartz initiierte und 1974 formal abgeschlossene Prozess war eingebettet in die bildungsstrukturellen und curricularen Debatten dieser Zeit, vor allem aber in die Wiederaufnahme des gymnasialen Lehramts Musik. Aus institutionsgeschichtlicher Perspektive wurde weder auf Musikhochschule noch auf Musiklehrkräftebildung geblickt. Diesen Desideraten wird sich an dem Beispiel der HfM in dieser Untersuchung exemplarisch zugewendet. Um Musiklehrkräftebildung als Teil eines musikalischen (Volks-)Bildungsgedankens sichtbar zu machen, wird der Bogen bis in das Gründungsjahr 1804 geschlagen. Es wird gezeigt, dass Musiklehrkräftebildung ein kontinuierliches Aufgabenfeld der HfM ist, in das der Statuswechsel von 1974 mit seinem Ereignischarakter kontextuell eingebettet ist.
Spaces for Performance, Patronage and Urban Musical Experience
Listening to Confraternities offers new perspectives on the contribution of guild and devotional confraternities to the urban phonosphere based on original research and an interdisciplinary approach. Historians of art, architecture, culture, sound, music and the senses consider the ways in which, through their devotional practices, confraternities acted as patrons of music, created their identity through sound and were involved in the everyday musical experience of major cities in early modern Europe. Confraternities have been studied from many different angles, but only rarely as acoustic communities that communicated through sound and whose musical activities delimited the urban spaces in which they were active and were listened to by the inhabitants of the cities in which they often formed interclass social groups.

Contributors include: Nicholas Terpstra, Emanuela Vai, Ana López Suero, Henry Drummond, Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, Ferrán Escrivà-Llorca, Noel O’Regan, Magnus Williamson, Xavier Torres Sans, Erika Honisch, Alexander Fisher, Konrad Eisenbichler, Daniele Filippi, Dylan Reid, Elisa Lessa, Antonio Ruiz Caballero, Juan Ruiz Jiménez, Sergi González González, and Tess Knighton
Cosmology, Music, Medicine, and Architecture from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century
Plato’s Timaeus inspired a uniquely enduring interest across disciplines. In the centuries between its composition and the seventeenth century, scholars looked to this dialogue for answers to questions about the structure of the universe and how to live a healthy and happy life. They saw cosmology as vital to medicine and ethics; and, for them, harmony in music and architecture facilitated balance in the human soul. The Legacy of Plato’s Timaeus explores how the dialogue transformed the disciplines of cosmology, music, medicine, and architecture, and how new intellectual and cultural developments in turn shaped and re-contextualized interpretations of Plato’s ideas.

Music in the Writings and Imagination of Silesian Humanists explores the sound-world of early modern Silesia via the writings of humanists active there in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who both observed musical culture and actively participated in it: a poet, a publisher, a pedagogue, a physician, a historian, and a regionalist. Such an approach makes it possible to reconstruct their perceptions and understandings of music—a constitutive element of this community. As these authors concentrated more on the representation of music than the art itself, the book reflects the collective memory of the republic of scholars: their individual and common imaginarium.
“Music and its Narrative Potential” is a book about musical stories. It is a collection of thoughts on how music evokes narratives through its medium-specific strategies. This book is a multi-faceted consideration of narratives expressed through music. There are several threads and themes that flow and recur through its different chapters, the most prevailing of which are contemporary music, interdisciplinary approaches, contemporary narratology, and intermediality.