• A comprehensive guide for early music lovers and performers
    Josquin des Prez and His Musical Legacy is the most up-to-date contribution to the research on one of the most important and internationally famous composers of the Renaissance. This monograph offers factual information on the composer as well as insights into his 16th-century and modern reception, a survey of the sources of his music, and a discussion of the thorny issue of authorship. Willem Elders, one of the most distinguished scholars of Josquin's music, also discusses the influence of Gregorian chant as a source of inspiration and explains the various aspects of Josquin's symbolic language. Each individual work (including some of those in the old Josquin edition now considered inauthentic) receives a short discussion of relevant contextual aspects and interesting musical features. Ranges and lengths are given for each work. The style is adapted to the professional musicologist as well as to the 'music lover' and performer.
    Includes 45 figures and 90 musical examples

  • Alphons diepenbrock

    Leo Samama

    Alphons Diepenbrock werd 150 jaar geleden, op 2 september 1862, in Amsterdam geboren. Tussen 1900 en 1920 was hij zonder enige twijfel de bekendste en meest gevierde componist van Nederland. Gedurende die jaren was hij nauw verbonden aan het nog jonge Concertgebouworkest en chef-dirigent Willem Mengelberg. Hij onderhield daarnaast sinds zijn studentenjaren nauwe banden met de Tachtigers, en tal van intellectuelen en kunstenaars, onder wie Gustav Mahler.

    Diepenbrock was opgeleid tot classicus, maar zijn hart lag van jongs af aan bij de muziek. Als componist heeft hij zich vrijwel uitsluitend met vocale muziek beziggehouden; hij schreef vele liederen, met piano en met orkest. Met zijn orkestliederen ontwikkelde hij een genre dat in die tijd vrijwel onbekend was. De religieuze en liturgische werken die hij componeerde getuigen van het nieuwe elan binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk in de laatste decennia van de negentiende eeuw, al had de kerk lange tijd grote moeite met zijn geavanceerde muzikale taal.

  • A practical guide to the performance of the Art of Fugue (with separate sheet music booklet - 34 p.)
    With the Art of Fugue Bach delivered a polyphonic composition for keyboard of unprecedented proportions and complexity. Notwithstanding the vast existing literature on this brilliant work, a performer does not often find answers in it to practical questions such as 'Why is this note not flatted?' or 'How can one make this peculiar voice-leading work during performance?' This book by a leading Bach performer is designed to fill this void and provide a practical guide to the performance of the Art of Fugue. The first part contains an overview of four important Baroque topics related to the concept and performance of the Art of Fugue (rhetoric, metre, syntax, and keyboard technique). The second part basically demonstrates, with reference to the first four Contrapuncti, how the background presented in the first part often enables possible explanations for both text-critical and conceptual issues to be formulated. The final purpose is to achieve as eloquent a performance as possible of these pieces.

  • New Paths, the seventh volume in the Writings of the Orpheus Institute, is a result of the third International Orpheus Academy for Music Theory. Five renowned scholars discuss a variety of topics related to romanticism, focusing especially on the years 1800-1840. In a much-needed historical and critical overview of the concept of organicism, John Neubauer ranges from its origins in Enlightenment biology to its aftermath in postmodernism.
    Janet Schmalfeldt shows that Beethoven's op.47 not only should be called the Bridgetower rather than the Kreutzer Sonata, but also that this makes a difference as to its meaning. Extreme contrasts between emotional and mechanical types of music in late Beethoven are explained
    by Scott Burnham as stagings of the limits of human subjectivity. Jim Samson discusses Chopin's little-known musical upbringing in Warsaw, arguing that his grounding in eighteenth-century aesthetics (as opposed to theory) has thus far been neglected. Finally, Susan Youens' case study of Franz Lachner's Heine songs sheds new light on radical experimentation by a so-called epigone in the period between Schubert and Schumann's miracle song year.

    With contributions by: Scott Burnham, John Neubauer, Jim Samson, Janet Schmalfeldt, Susan Youens.

  • The role of mythology in Ancien Régime opera.

    Throughout the Ancien Régime, mythology played a vital role in opera, defining such epoch-making works as Claudio Monteverdi's La favola d'Orfeo (1607) and Christoph Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (1779). The operatic presence of the Greco-Roman gods and heroes was anything but unambiguous or unproblematic, however. (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera highlights myth's chameleonic life in the Italian dramma per musica and French tragédie en musique of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    Written by eminent scholars in the fields of music, literature, theatre, and cultural studies, the six essays in this book address important questions. Through what ideological lenses did the Ancien Régime perceive an ancient legacy that was fundamentally pagan and fictitious, as opposed to Christian and rationalistic? What dramaturgies did librettists and composers devise to adapt mythical topics to altering philosophical and esthetic doctrines? Were the ancients' precepts obeyed or precisely overridden by the age of 'classicism'? And how could myths be made to fit changing modes of spectatorship?

    Enlightening and wide-ranging on an essentially multidisciplinary development in European culture, (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera will appeal to all music, literature, and art lovers seeking to deepen their knowledge of an increasingly popular repertoire.

  • Two-Dimensional Sonata Form is the first book dedicated to the combination of the movements of a multimovement sonata cycle with an overarching single-movement form that is itself organized as a sonata form.

    Drawing on a variety of historical and recent approaches to musical form (e.g., Marxian and Schoenbergian Formenlehre, Caplin's theory of formal functions, and Hepokoski and Darcy's Sonata Theory), it begins by developing an original theoretical framework for the analysis of this type of form that is so characteristic of the later nineteenth and early twentieth century.

    It then offers an in-depth examination of nine exemplary works by four Central European composers: the Piano Sonata in B minor and the symphonic poems Tasso and Die Ideale by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss's tone poems Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben, the symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande, the First String Quartet and the First Chamber Symphony by Arnold Schoenberg, and Alexander Zemlinsky's Second String Quartet.

  • In Musical Form, Forms & Formenlehre: Three Methodological Reflections, three eminent music theorists consider the fundamentals of musical form. They discuss how to analyze form in music and question the relevance of analytical theories and methods in general. They illustrate their basic concepts and concerns by offering some concrete analyses of works by Mozart (Idomeneo Overture, Jupiter Symphony) and Beethoven (First Symphony, Pastoral Symphony, Egmont Overture, and Die Ruinen von Athen Overture).

    The volume is divided into three parts, focusing on Caplin's "theory of formal functions," Hepokoski's concept of "dialogic form," and Webster's method of "multivalent analysis" respectively. Each part begins with an essay by one of the three authors. Subsequently, the two opposing authors comment on issues and analyses they consider to be problematic or underdeveloped, in a style that ranges from the gently critical to the overtly polemical. Finally, the author of the initial essay is given the opportunity to respond to the comments and to refine further his own fundamental ideas on musical form.

  • A revealing study of the physical presence of the musician in musical performance.
    Fingers slipping over guitar strings, the tap of a bow against the body of a cello, a pianist humming along to the music: contemporary composers often work with parasitic, non-conventional sounds such as these. Are they to be perceived as musical elements or do they shift attention to the physical effort of music-making, contact between a body and an instrument?

    Composer Paul Craenen explores ways in which the musician's body is revealed in musical performance. He leads us from Cage, Lachenmann, Kagel and their contemporaries to a discussion of how today's generation of young composers is writing a body paradigm into composition itself. Micro-temporal physical gestures and instrumental timbre provide the key to unveiling the physical presence of both a musician and a 'composing body'.

    The author's concept of 'intercorporeality', along with the idea of an alternating linear and non-linear relationship of the composing body to time, casts new light on the relationship between musicians, composers, and music consumers.

  • The history of musical improvisation from the late Middle Ages to the early Baroque.
    Studying improvised music is always a challenge, due to its volatility and unpredictability. But what about studying musical improvisation from before the age of sound recordings? In this book three experts give their view on aspects of musical improvisation in the late medieval, renaissance, and early baroque periods. Historical sources show us how improvisation was an integral part of music education and how closely improvisation and composition were linked. This gives new insights into the way music was played in its original historical context and a new way to look at written scores from the past.
    Improvising Early Music will appeal to anyone interested in the historical background of our written musical heritage, and to musicians who want to gain a deeper insight in the way this music was created.

    Johannes Menke (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel), Peter Schubert (Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal), Rob C. Wegman (Princeton University)

  • The musical thought and practice of canonical composers.
    What can music tell us-without words? Can it depict scenes, narrate stories, elucidate beliefs? And can it be an instrument through which we access the inner lives not only of musicians from the past but of ourselves, today?
    In Ohne Worte five scholars and performers probe these and related questions to illuminate both the experience and performance of nineteenth-century music. Drawing on a rich range of sources, they reveal the musical thought and practice of canonical composers like Berlioz, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Their work challenges us to reconsider our musical practices and the voices manifested in them, and it encourages the creation of an art that is both historical and transcendental.

    /> Contributors:
    Jean-Pierre Bartoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Hubert Moßburger (Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart), Jeanne Roudet (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Douglass Seaton (Florida State University School of Music), Edoardo Torbianelli (Hochschule der Künste Bern)

  • Bachs cantates over doodsangst en doodsverlangen.
    In Bachs leven en werk is de dood alomtegenwoordig. De Duitse theoloog en reformator Maarten Luther predikte dat de gelovige in het uur van de dood, hoe pijnlijk ook, zeker kon zijn van de verlossing. De stervende moest vooral getroost worden om vervolgens in vrede en vreugde de overgang te kunnen maken naar de vereniging met Christus. In een aantal van zijn cantates verklankt Bach treffend de dualiteit tussen doodsangst en doodsverlangen.
    Ignace Bossuyt neemt de lezer mee langs een tiental van deze prachtige en ontroerende werken, van de Actus tragicus Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106) uit 1707/1708 tot de Trauer-ode Laß Fürstin, laß noch eine Strahl (BWV 198) daterend van 1727, en belicht zo de thematiek van de dood bij Bach.

  • Essential reading for anyone interested in artistic research applied to music.
    This book is the first anthology of writings about the emerging subject of artistic experimentation in music. This subject, as part of the cross-disciplinary field of artistic research, cuts across boundaries of the conventional categories of performance practice, music analysis, aesthetics, and music pedagogy. The texts, most of them specially written for this volume, have a common genesis in the explorations of the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (ORCiM) in Ghent, Belgium. The book critically examines experimentation in music of different historical eras. It is essential reading for performers, composers, teachers, and others wanting to inform themselves of the issues and the current debates in the new field of artistic research as applied to music. The publication is accompanied by a CD of music discussed in the text, and by an online resource of video illustrations of specific issues.

    Paulo de Assis (ORCiM), Richard Barrett (Institute of Sonology, The Hague), Tom Beghin (McGill University), William Brooks (University of York, ORCiM), Nicholas G. Brown (University of East Anglia), Marcel Cobussen (University of Leiden), Kathleen Coessens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ORCiM); Paul Craenen (Director Musica, Impulse Centre for Music), Darla Crispin (Norwegian Academy of Music), Stephen Emmerson (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane), Henrik Frisk (Malmö Academy of Music), Bob Gilmore (ORCiM), Valentin Gloor (ORCiM), Yolande Harris (Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media - DXARTS), University of Washington, Seattle), Mieko Kanno (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Andrew Lawrence-King (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, University of Western Australia), Catherine Laws (University of York, ORCiM), Stefan Östersjö (ORCiM), Juan Parra (ORCiM), Larry Polansky (University of California, Santa Cruz), Stephen Preston, Godfried-Willem Raes (Logos Foundation, Ghent), Hans Roels (ORCiM), Michael Schwab (ORCiM, Royal College of Art, London, Zurich University of the Arts), Anna Scott (ORCiM), Steve Tromans (Middlesex University), Luk Vaes (ORCiM), Bart Vanhecke (KU Leuven, ORCiM)

  • The carillon, the world's largest musical instrument, originated in the 16th century when inhabitants of the Low Countries started to produce music on bells in church and city towers. Today, carillon music still fills the soundscape of cities in Belgium and the Netherlands. Since the First World War, carillon music has become popular in the United States, where it adds a spiritual dimension to public parks and university campuses.

    'Singing Bronze' opens up the fascinating world of the carillon to the reader. It tells the great stories of European and American carillon history: the quest for the perfect musical bell, the fate of carillons in times of revolt and war, the role of patrons such as John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Herbert Hoover in the development of American carillon culture, and the battle between singing bronze and carillon electronics.

    Richly illustrated with original photographs and etchings, Singing Bronze tells how people developed, played, and enjoyed bell music. With this book, a fascinating history that is yet little known is made available for a wide public.

  • The variety and complexity of cadence.
    The concept of closure is crucial to understanding music from the "classical" style. This volume focuses on the primary means of achieving closure in tonal music: the cadence. Written by leading North American and European scholars, the nine essays assembled in this volume seek to account for the great variety and complexity inherent in the cadence by approaching it from different (sub)disciplinary angles, including music-analytical, theoretical, historical, psychological (experimental), as well as linguistic. Each of these essays challenges, in one way or another, our common notion of cadence. Controversial viewpoints between the essays are highlighted by numerous cross-references. Given the ubiquity of cadences in tonal music in general, this volume is aimed not only at a broad portion of the academic community, scholars and students alike, but also at music performers.

    Pieter Bergé (KU Leuven), Poundie Burstein (City University of New York), Vasili Byros (Northwestern University), William Caplin (McGill University), Felix Diergarten (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), Nathan John Martin (Yale University / KU Leuven), Danuta Mirka (University of Southampton), Markus Neuwirth (KU Leuven), Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (University of Ottawa), Martin Rohrmeier (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and David Sears (McGill University)

  • Ray Slijngaard (1970) bivakkeerde tijdens de grenzeloze nineties in de wereldtop van de popmuziek. Als eurodancegroep 2 Unlimited veroverden Ray en Anita Doth Engeland, Schotland, Japan, Duitsland, de Benelux; uiteindelijk stonden ze in liefst 35 landen op nummer 1 met No Limit. Miljoenen, seks, champagne, glitter en glamour en een duizelingwekkend aantal vlieguren lieten Ray letterlijk leven als God in Frankrijk. Michael Jackson schudde hem de hand en lispelde: I like your music. Niets leek hem te kunnen deren.

    Abrupt stopte het succes. In een eindeloze stilte vol verval en slepende rechtszaken verdampte het fortuin en knalde Ray op alle denkbare en ondenkbare muren. Nu is 2 Unlimited terug en is Ray terug. De hedonistisch levende artiest is vader geworden en vertelt eindelijk zijn hele verhaal. Een ongelooflijk verhaal, dat verteld moet worden voor de kinderen van nu, voor zijn kinderen. Zodat ze weten wie hij is, zodat ze weten wat het leven met je doen kan.

    Ray is een boek vol onvoorstelbare avonturen; rauw en puur. `Oog in oog met het Jezusbeeld smeekte ik: geef me mijn leven terug, man, geef me mijn leven terug.'

  • Dit boek kan worden beschouwd als het vervolg op Eenvoudige muziekleer en is geschreven voor aanstaande musici en amateurs die op professionele wijze actief willen zijn in de muziek. Door zijn grote ervaring als muziekpedagoog weet Hennie Schouten als geen ander waar voor de meeste studenten de moeilijkheden tijdens het muziekonderricht liggen. Als auteur van vele muziekhandboeken is hij erin geslaagd een compleet en duidelijk leerboek te schrijven, waarmee studenten zich de theorie met succes kunnen eigen maken. Dit boek beperkt zich niet tot informatie over klassieke muziek; ook de techniek van de moderne muziek komt aan de orde. Tevens gaat de auteur uitvoerig in op de bijzonderheden en technieken van de verschillende instrumenten.

  • De harmonieleer wordt door vele leerlingen als het moeilijkste muziek-theoretische vak beschouwd.
    Teneinde voor hen de weg zoveel mogelijk te effenen, is er in dit boek naar gestreefd de theoretische
    uiteenzettingen helder en bondig te formuleren en door notenvoorbeelden te verduidelijken en tevens het oefenmateriaal zo te rangschikken dat zeer geleidelijk van eenvoudige op meer ingewikkelde opgaven wordt overgegaan.
    Een grondige kennis van de akkoordenleer is de noodzakelijke voorwaarde voor een succesvolle beoefening van de harmonieleer.
    Alvorens met de harmonieleer te beginnen moet de leerling de vragen en opgaven in het hoofdstuk "Harmonie" uit "Eenvoudige Muziekleer, deel 2" of uit een ander boek over muziekleer, vlot kunnen beantwoorden.
    Aan het einde van dit boek vindt men een aantal vrije opgaven, ten dienste van hen, die zich voorbereiden voor het theoretisch gedeelte van het Staatsexamen.

  • Nouvelles perspectives en sémiotique.
    Tout est musique, et la musique nous accompagne partout : ces lieux communs n'ont jamais été si vrais qu'aujourd'hui, au temps de l'arrosage musical continuel. Cette ubiquité, loin d'être simplement une mode, nous oblige à repenser sémiotiquement la fonction et le fonctionnement de la musique.

    Les essais composant Sémiotique et vécu musical montrent dans quelle direction se dirigent les recherches de nos jours. L'analyse de l'expérience musicale, par exemple, détermine la réception affective, peut provoquer l'ébranlement intérieur, transformer le temps vécu, changer et déterminer les structures de l'expérience ainsi que l'expérientialité. L'expérience musicale est profondément liée à l'incarnation et à la corporalité. Elle peut redéfinir l'horizon de compréhension, moduler les attentes, déterminer et délimiter les contenus phénoménaux. Elle est fondamentalement conditionnée par l'interaction physique avec un instrument ou encore modelée par le studio d'enregistrement. L'intelligence artificielle et l'usage de robots dans des spectacles commencent à remettre en cause nos conceptions de l'expérience musicale. Ces nouvelles perspectives développées en sémiotique s'ouvrent nécessairement et impérativement aux sciences cognitives, aux nouvelles approches de la musicologie, à la transdisciplinarité et au transmédial. Le caractère innovant du présent ouvrage qui touche la théorie, la méthodologie et l'empirisme, témoigne de la vivacité, de l'inventivité et du dynamisme qui caractérisent la sémiotique toujours jeune, curieuse et surprenante.

    Sylvain Brétéché (Aix-Marseille Université), Guillaume Deveney (Aix-Marseille Université), Carole Egger (Université de Strasbourg), Christine Esclapez (Aix-Marseille Université ), Márta Grabócz (Université de Strasbourg), Michel Imberty (Université de Paris X, Nanterre), Thomas Le Colleter (Université Paris-IV Sorbonne), Gabriel Manzaneque (Aix-Marseille Université), Zaven Paré (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), Isabelle Reck (Universite de Strasbourg), Mathias Rousselot (Aix-Marseille Université)

  • De fascinerende geschiedenis van Bachs muzikaal testament. Enkele maanden vóór zijn overlijden in 1750 voltooide Johan Sebastian Bach zijn muzikaal testament: de h-Moll-Messe. Hij creëerde hiermee een bewonderenswaardige synthese van de hele geschiedenis van de mis, het genre dat ook toen nog gold als dé toetssteen voor compositorisch vernuft en scherpzinnige tekstinterpretatie. Middeleeuwen, renaissance en barok versmelten in Bachs ultieme meesterwerk tot wellicht de meest universele compositie uit het West-Europese repertoire. Op basis van het recentste onderzoek schetst Ignace Bossuyt de fascinerende ontstaansgeschiedenis van de h-Moll-Messe binnen het historische, muzikale en religieuze kader van Bachs tijd. Hij bespreekt in detail de vijf delen van de mis (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus en Agnus Dei), fragment per fragment, met aandacht voor zowel de puur muzikale aspecten als de theologische en symbolische duiding van de mistekst. In een apart hoofdstuk gaat hij dieper in op het gebruik van de parodie of de herwerking van vroeger gecomponeerde muziek, een van de basistechnieken die Bach ook hier toepaste. Ten slotte komen we ook te weten hoe de mis onthaald werd vanaf Bachs sterfjaar tot op heden.

  • Wolfgang Rihm ( b. Karlsruhe, 1952) is the most performed living German composer. With his personal, expressive, and versatile music, he became the most prominent representative of his generation. His individual approach to music was established in the 1980s and he continues to explore and enlarge his original concepts today. His 1980s work is at the core of this book, more specifically his instrumental music: the Chiffre cycle and the string quartets. Thinking about Rihm includes reflecting on his interest in philosophy, his relation to fine arts, his awareness of principles found in nature, and his references to important composers from the past. His music is embedded in the past and the actuality in modernism and postmodernism. Notwithstanding Rihm's generosity in essays and introductions to his works, many aspects of the 'inner sound' of his music stay an elusive, ungraspable 'chiffre': a challenge for the analyst.

  • The Orpheus Institute celebrates 20 years of artistic research in music. Artistic research in music is now at a generational stage of development. How should it deal with its own maturing? From a kaleidoscope of individual pursuits, ethos and methodologies have emerged to encompass more distributed approaches. This transformation has taken place in parallel with changes in the dynamics and structures of culture, its institutions and constituencies. Artistic research maintains a productive dialectic between its potential status as discipline or as practice. It has developed topoi, tropes and its own canon of cases, texts and figures. How does it negotiate relationships with institutions, disciplines and bodies of theory while retaining the critical perspective of the artist? Twenty years ago the Orpheus Institute was founded in Ghent to pursue research through the practice of musicians and thus the Orpheus Institute is of the same generation as the field it was established to explore. This festive volume in honour of 20 years of the Orpheus Institute reviews the initial trajectory and looks ahead to the institute's new position.

    Contributors: Tom Beghin (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Paulo de Assis (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Leonella Grasso Caprioli (Conservatorio di Vicenza), Jonathan Impett (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Esa Kirkkopelto (University of the Arts, Helsinki), Kari Kurkela (University of the Arts, Helsinki), Susan Melrose (Middlesex University, London), Stefan Östersjö (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Gertrud Sandqvist (Malmö Art Academy), Huib Schippers, Vanessa Tomlinson, Paul Draper (Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University), Luk Vaes (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Janneke Wesseling/ Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University)

  • Multidisciplinary analysis of experimentalism in music and the wider arts today
    Experimental Encounters in Music and Beyond opens a necessary dialogue on experimental practices in the arts and negotiates their place in contemporary society. Going beyond the music-historical usage of the term "experimental", this book reimagines experimentation as an open working definition encompassing multiple forms of artistic attitudes and processes. The texts, images, and sounds offer multiple traces, faces, and spaces, revealing what experimentalism in music and the wider arts entails today. With perspectives from a range of disciplines-from choreography through composition to philosophy and beyond-the different experiences and artistic projects documented and discussed explore the complexity of experimentation in a way that is all the richer for being never-ending.
    Richard Barrett (Institute of Sonology, The Hague), Sebastian Berweck (pianist and performer), Kathleen Coessens (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Frederik Croene (pianist and composer, Belgium), Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University, Cambridge), Anne Douglas (Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), Bob Gilmore + (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Valentin Gloor (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), David Gorton (Royal Academy of Music, University of London), David Horne (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Efva Lilja (Dansehallerne, Copenhagen), Svetlana Maras (independent music professional, Radio Belgrade, Electronic Studio), Melinda Maxwell (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Christopher Redgate (Royal Academy of Music, University of London), Jan C. Schacher (Royal Conservatoire, Artesis Plantijn University College, Antwerp, and Zurich University of the Arts), Reto Stadelmann (composer and musician, Germany), Steve Tromans (Middlesex University, UK), Penelope Turner (singer, musician, and performer, UK and Belgium)

  • The Western history of aesthetics is characterised by tension between theory and practice. Musicians listen, play, and then listen more profoundly in order to play differently, adapt the body, and sense the environment. They become deeply involved in the sensorial qualities of music practice. Artistic practice refers to the original meaning of aesthetics-the senses. Whereas Baumgarten and Goethe explored the relationship between sensibility and reason, sensation and thinking, later philosophers of aesthetics deemed the sensorial to be confused and unreliable and instead prioritised a cognitive or objective approach.

    Written by authors from the fields of philosophy, composition, performance, and artistic practice, Sensorial Aesthetics in Music Practices repositions aesthetics as a domain of the sensible and explores the interaction between artists, life, and environment. Aesthetics becomes a field of sensorial and embodied experience involving temporal and spatial influences, implicit knowledge, and human characteristics.

    Contributors: Kathleen Coessens (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, Orpheus Institute), Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Michaël Levinas (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris), Fabien Lévy (Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Lasse Thoresen (Norwegian Academy of Music), Vanessa Tomlinson (Queensland Conservatorium of Music), Salomé Voegelin (University of the Arts London)

  • Futures of the Contemporary explores different notions and manifestations of "the contemporary" in music, visual arts, art theory, and philosophy. In particular, the authors in this collection of essays scrutinise the role of artistic research in critical and creative expressions of contemporaneity. When distinguished from "the contemporaneous" of a given historical time, "the contemporary" becomes a crucial concept, promoting or excluding objects and practices according to their ability to diagnose previously unnoticed aspects of the present. In this sense, the contemporary gains a critical function, involving particular modes of relating to history and one's own time.

    Written by major experts from fields such as music performance, composition, art theory, visual arts, art history, critical studies, and philosophy, this book offers challenging perspectives on contemporary art practices, the temporality of artistic works and phenomena, and new modes of problematising the production of art and its public apprehension.

    Contributors: Andrew Prior (University of Plymouth), Babette Babich (Fordham University), Geoff Cox (Fine Art at Plymouth University / Aarhus University), Heiner Goebbels (Justus Liebig University), Jacob Lund (Aarhus University), Michael Schwab (Orpheus Institute), Pal Capdevila (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Paulo de Assis (Orpheus Institute), Peter Osborne (Kingston University London), Ryan Nolan (University of Plymouth), Zsuzsa Baross (Trent University)