Musikvidenskabeligt Institut, Københavns Universitet

PhD Course in Musicology at Department of Musicology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 8-12, 2000

Description and Interpretation
Reading list

Monday (guest lecturer: Bruno Nettl)

Bruno Nettl, Introduction: An Art Neglected in Scholarship. In: In The Course Of Performance: Studies In The World Of Musical Improvisation, edited by Bruno Nettl with Melinda Russell (University of Chicago Press, 1998), p. 1-26

Stephen Blum, Recognizing Improvisation, ibid., p. 27-46.

Ali Jihad Racy, The Many Faces of Improvisation: The Arab Taqsim as a Musical Symbol (to appear in Ethnomusicology this summer, photocopy)

Tuesday (guest lecturer: Richard Middleton)

Philip Tagg, "Black Music", "Afro-American Music" and "European Music", Popular Music, 8 (1989), pp. 285-98

Stuart Hall, What is this "Black" in Black Popular Culture, in Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies, ed. David Morley & Kuang-Hsing Chen (London: Routledge, 1996), pp. 465-75 *)

Leo Treitler, Towards a Desegregated Music Historiography, Black Music Research Journal, 16 (1996), pp. 3-10

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London: Verso, 1993), pp. 72-110 (will be sent later)

Wednesday (guest lecturer: guest lecturer: Leo Treitler)

Eric Hobsbawm, Preface and Postmodernism in the Forest. in On History (New York: The New Press, 1997)

Leo Treitler, The Historiography of Music: Issues of Past and Present, in Rethinking Music, ed. Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Jeffrey Kallberg, Small Fairy Voices: Sex, History, and Meaning in Chopin in Kallberg: Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History and Musical Genre (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996).

Thursday (guest lecturer: guest lecturer: Ståle Wikshåland)

Augustin, Confessions, Book XI (Danish translation by Torben Damsholt, Sankt Ansgars forlag, København i 1998. (s. 220-244).

Dante, Vita Nuova (some knowledge of this text will be desirable)


Orfeo: Possente spirto (i.e. almost all of Act 3). Recording: Concerto Vocale, dir.: René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi)

Lamento d'Arianna (the monody), Recording: Monteserrat Figueras on the CD: C. Monteverdi. Arie e Lamenti (Astrée Auvidis)

Non havea Febo ancora (Lamento della Ninfa), Recording: Tragicomedias on the CD Madrigali Concertati (Teldec).

Friday (guest lecturer: guest lecturer: David Osmond-Smith)

Roland Barthes, From Work to Text in Image Music Text (London: Fontana Press, 1977)

Paul Ricoeur, Appropriation in Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge university Press, 1981)


Erik Steinskog, The Word and the Image: On some oppositions in Arnold Schönberg's 'Moses und Aron'

Björn Vickhoff, Sketching Gonzaguinha

Henrik Næsted, Musical Expressiveness - Phenomenological Formalism or Hermeneutic Interpretation ?

Mats D. Hermansson, From Emic Specificity to Superimposed Iconicity of Scottish Bagpipe Music in Scandinavia

Henrik Marstal, Popular Musicology and Traditional Music Analysis – and Why the Twain Rarely Seem to Meet

Hallgjerd Aksnes, Gadamer’s Play of Meaning (will be sent later)

General reading list

Note: the general readinglist contains books and articles suggested by guestlecturers and participants as well as our own additions. It is intended as a tool for the participants to find relevant literature in preparing for the course and should give a notion about the area of concerns guestlectures and discussions may reflect.


Joyce Applebey, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth About History, New York: W.W.Norton, 1994

Carl Dahlhaus: Grundlagen der Musikgeschichte, Köln 1977

Jaques Derrida, Signature, Événement, Contexte, in: Marges de la philosophie, Paris 1972. English translation: Signature, Event, Context, Alan Bass in: Margins of Philosophy, Chicago 1982

Samuel Floyd, The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995

J. Fornäs: Cultural Theory & Late Modernity, London 1995.

W.T. Lhamon Jr, Raising Cain: Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1998

Susan McClary: Feminine Endings. Music, Gender, and Sexuality, Minneapolis 1991.

Richard Middleton: Studying Popular Music, , Buckingham, 1990

David Morley & Kuang-Hsing Chen (ed.): Dialogues in Cultural Studies, London: Routledge, 1996

J-J Nattiez: Music and Discourse, Towards a Semiology of Music, Princeton 1990.

Bruno Nettl: The Study of Ethnomusicology. Twenty-nine Issues and Concepts, Urbana og Chicago 1983.

Paul Ricoeur, Temp et récit. English translation: Time and narrative.

Leo Treitler: Music and the Historical Imagination, Cambrigde, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989

Trevor Wishart, On Sonic Art

Articles, individual chapters

Th. W. Adorno, Der missbrauchte Barock, in: Ohne Leitbild. Parva Aesthetica, Frankfurt a. M. 1967

Th. W. Adorno, Introduction to the Sociology of Music (New York: Continuum Press, 1964): Mediation and Postscript or the German original, Einleitung in die Musiksoziologie (Frankfurt 1962)

Th. W. Adorno, Hermeneutik in the journal Anbruch, XII. Jahrgang, Heft 7/8, sept./Okt. 1930, pp.235-8. English translation (trans. Leo Treitler)

Roland Barthes, Introduction in Fragments d'un discours amoureux (Danish translation by Karen Nicholaisen: ”Kærlighedens forrykte tale”, Kbhvn. 1985. English: A Lover’s Discourse)

Roland Barthes, Death of the Author (e.g. in Image Music Text)

Dieter Christensen og Arthur Simon: Musikethnologie, In: Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.

Edward T. Cone, Schubert's Promissory Note: An Exercise in Musical Hermeneutics in Schubert: Critical and Analytical Studies (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986), Walter Frisch, Editor

Hermann Danuser: Einleitung In: Neues Handbuch der Musikwissenschaft, bd.11, Musikalische Interpretation pp.1-72

Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht, Zur Methode der musikalischen Analyse, In: Festschrift Erich Doflein, Mainz 1972.

Hans Robert Jauss, Rückschau auf die Rezeptionstheorie. Ad usum Musicae Scientiae, In: Hermann Danuser (red.): Rezeptionsästhetik und Rezeptionsgeschichte in der Musikwissenschaft (= Jakoby, R.(red.): Publikationen der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Bd.3.)

Lawrence Kramer, The Musicology of the Future in Repercussions I/1 (1992)

Lawrence Kramer, Music Theory and the Postmodern Turn: In Contrary Motion with Gary Tomlinson, in Current Musicology 53 (1993)

Fred Everett Maus, Intersubjectivity and Analysis: Schumann's Essay on the Fantastic Symphony in Music Theory in the Age of Romanticism, ed. Ian Bent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Susan McClary, Narrative Agendas in 'Absolute Music': Identity and Difference in Brahms' Third Symphony in Musicology and Difference, ed. Ruth Solie (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phénoménologie de la perception 1945. Chapter VI: Le corps comme expression et la parole», Danish translation in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Kroppens fænomenologi (1994), as Kroppen som udtryk og tale, (pp.137-170).

Richard Middleton, Musical Belongings: Western Music and Its Low-Other, in Western Music and Its Others: Difference, Representation and Appropriation in Music, ed. Georgina Born & Dave Hesmondhalgh (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000)

Gary Tomlinson, response to Kramer, in Current Musicology 53 (1993)

Gary Tomlinson, The Web of Culture: A Context for Musicology in 19th Century Music 7 (1984)

Gary Tomlinson, Music and Renaissance Magic: Toward a Historiography of Others (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993) Preface and Chapt. 1

Leo Treitler, Gender and Other Dualities of Music History ibid.

Leo Treitler, History and Archetypes in Perspectives of New Music 35 (1997) (further to The Lulu Character and the Character of Lulu in the preceding)


Latest update: April 4, 2000