- Philip Gentry
A loosely related set of methodological interests in analyzing the corporeal nature of music. Such interests are not new; at least since Plato’s admonitions in The Republic, musical practices in the West have been seen as embodied not only in the creation but also in the reception and, potentially at least, in the analysis of music. Certain musical scholarship, particularly pedagogical literature and dance studies, has long examined the relationship of bodies to music, and a variety of analytical traditions over the centuries have attempted to quantify music’s powers on the body. These traditions have never disappeared entirely, but 20th-century musical analysis was frequently concerned with more abstract procedures. One of the hallmarks of 21st century scholarship on music on the body has been to recuperate those older traditions (Holsinger, Smart, Le Guin).
Recent analyses are often framed in reaction to the so-called “mind-body split”—symbolized for many by the famous Cartesian ...