Music and Visual Culture is a new series of both monographs and anthologies that offer original insights into musical and visual concepts or practices in combination. Bursting the bounds of traditional iconographic studies, research in this area draws upon a wide range of materials (visual art, objects, ephemera, film and television, music video, multimedia installation, online content, video games, metaphor, criticism and aesthetics, staging for opera and dance), and springs from a broad array of disciplines (musicology, art history, ethnomusicology, film studies, game studies, performance studies, cultural studies). The series aims to include work representing the full span of geographies and eras, and engaging with a variety of approaches such as cultural history; ethnomusicology; opera, film, and performance studies; multimedia phenomena; and music psychology or cognitive neuroscience. The editors’ premise is that studies in music and visual culture should not be seen as occupying a middle ground between these two disciplines, but rather as integral to each field—participating in and helping to advance each disciplinary discourse equally.
The Sound of the English Picturesque Georgian Vocal Music, Haydn, and Landscape Aesthetics
Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy
By Stephen Groves
December 04, 2023
Revealing the connections between the veneration of national landscape and eighteenth-century English vocal music, this study restores English music’s relationship with the picturesque. In the eighteenth century, the emerging taste for the picturesque was central to British aesthetics, as poets and...
By Chriscinda Henry, Tim Shephard
May 24, 2023
The chapters in this volume explore the relationship between music and art in Italy across the long sixteenth century, considering an era when music-making was both a subject of Italian painting and a central metaphor in treatises on the arts. Beginning in the fifteenth century, transformations ...
By Antonio Cascelli, Denis Condon
January 09, 2023
Bringing the research of musicologists, art historians, and film studies scholars into dialogue, this book explores the relationships between visual art forms and music. The chapters are organized around three core concepts – threshold, intermediality, and synchresis – which offer ways of ...
By Bissera Pentcheva
May 30, 2022
Icons of Sound: Voice, Architecture, and Imagination in Medieval Art brings together art history and sound studies to offer new perspectives on medieval churches and cathedrals as spaces where the perception of the visual is inherently shaped by sound. The chapters encompass a wide geographic and ...
By Anne Leonard
November 11, 2021
Featuring multidisciplinary research by an international team of leading scholars, this volume addresses the contested aspects of arabesque while exploring its penchant for crossing artistic and cultural boundaries to create new forms. Enthusiastically imported from its Near Eastern sources by ...