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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.
The book series Word and Music Studies is the central organ of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA), an association founded in 1997 to promote transdisciplinary scholarly inquiry devoted to the relations between literature/verbal texts/language and music. WMA aims to provide an international forum for musicologists, literary and cultural scholars with an interest in intermediality studies and in crossing cultural as well as disciplinary boundaries.
Word and Music Studies publishes theme-oriented volumes and monographs, documenting and critically assessing the scope, theory, methodology, and the disciplinary and institutional dimensions and prospects of the field on an international scale.

For specific information on the editing of WMS volumes and style information please visit the WMS Style Guide (under "Downloads", below).

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.
“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.
Exploring an array of captivating topics, from hybridized Buddhist music to AI singers, this book introduces Japanese music in the modern era. The twenty-five chapters show how cultural change from the late nineteenth century to the present day has had a profound impact on the Japanese musical landscape, including the recontextualization and transformation of traditional genres, and the widespread adoption of Western musical practices ranging from classical music to hip hop.
The contributors offer representative case studies within the themes of Foundations, Heritage, Institutions, and Hybridities, examining both musical styles that originated in earlier times and distinctly localized or Japanized musical forms.
The Composer's Approach to Poetry and Music
How does a Romantic composer approach the poetry he sets: as raw material to be remade, a pretext for self-expression, a sanctified artefact, or a message to be illustrated with music? In my book, I examine Franz Liszt’s songs for voice and piano, which remain little known to scholars, artists, and music lovers alike. The objective is to present Liszt’s songs in all their complexity and diversity as well as identifying the key elements of the composer’s broadly understood song-writing technique – both those that make him unique and those that relate him to the European tradition. This approach also makes it possible to shed light on a major though previously neglected aspect of the composer’s workshop, namely, his work with the poetic text, which to Liszt was just as important as the musical setting.
The manuscript from the thirteenth century deals with musicians’ behaviour at the court; singers'qualities; the eminence of music and its effect on people and animals; the importance of drinking when listening to music; the process of composition; rhythmic and melodic modes, and repertoire in Andalusia, the Maghreb, Persia and the Middle East; Andalusian song lyrics and the appearance of new poetic forms such as the zajal and the muwashshaḥ; Andalusian musical instruments; dances of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, India and China; Andalusian dances and shadow plays and shadow dancers; aesthetics of dance; poems describing the dances.
Vorträge und Aufsätze zu Beethovens Oper
Warum schrieb Beethoven nur eine Oper? Warum nannte er sie seine „Märtirerkrone“? Warum entstanden zu ihr statt einer schließlich vier Ouvertüren? Wie verbinden sich Sprache, Dramaturgie und Komposition? In welchem Operngeschichtlichen, in welchem Gattungsrahmen steht Fidelio? In welchem Maß und in welcher Weise hat er auf die Oper des 19. Jahrhunderts eingewirkt? Diese und andere Fragen werden in einer Reihe von Aufsätzen behandelt, die aus unterschiedlichen Zusammenhängen stammen – teils als Einführungen in das Themengebiet, teils essayistisch, teils in wissenschaftlichem Diskurs nach Antworten suchend. In der Beethoven-Forschung steht Fidelio bis heute im Schatten der instrumentalen Werke. Nach langer Zeit wird hier erstmals wieder ein Buch vorgelegt, das auf wissenschaftlicher Grundlage viele der neueren Erkenntnisse darstellt und zu weiterem Nachdenken anregt.