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Lewis Rowell



Lewis Rowell

Tenure at the School of Music: 1959-1963, 1979-2005

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Biography

Dr. Lewis Rowell, also a faculty member in the ethnomusicology and India Studies programs, taught previously at the Universities of Oklahoma, Cincinnati, and Hawaii, and held research fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He is the author of books and articles on time and rhythm, the history of music theory, the philosophy of music, and the music of India. A founding member of the Society for Music Theory, he held several offices in the Society and edited the journal Music Theory Spectrum from 1983 to 1985. He was designated as Indiana University's Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer for 1993-94. His book Music and Musical Thought in Early India (University of Chicago Press, 1992) won the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society in 1993. In 1999 the University of Rochester presented him with the Rochester Distinguished Scholar Medal. In 2003 his article "New Temporal Horizons and the Theory of Music" received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Source: Music Theory at Indiana University


Writings

"Gesture and Meaning in the Musical Languages of India," in A Sounding of Signs: Modalities and Moments in Music, Culture, and Philosophy, ed. Robert S. Hatten, Pirjo Kukkonen, Richard Littlefield, Harri Veivo, and Irma Vierimaa, 90-103. Essays in Honor of Eero Tarasti on his 60th anniversary. Acta Semiotica Fennica 30. Imatra, Finland: International Semiotics Institute, 2008.


"Musical 'Icons' and the Semiotics of Familiarity."  In Music and the Arts, ed. Eero Tarasti, 103-15.  Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on Musical Semiotics.  Acts Semiotica Fennica XXIII.  Imatra & Helsinki: International Semiotics Institute, 2006.


"Time in the Romantic Philosophies of Music." Indiana Theory Review 25 (spring/fall 2004): 141-75.

"Reading Sangitasastra [the history of music theory] at Banaras Hindu University: A Personal Memoir." In Indian Aesthetics and Musicology: the Art and Science of Indian Music, vol. 2, ed. Urmila Sharma, 583-86.  Varanasi: Amnaya-Prakasana, Bharata-Nidhi, 2002.

"New Temporal Horizons and the Theory of Music." In Music in the Mirror: Reflections on the History of Music Theory and Literature for the 21st Century, ed. Andreas Giger and Thomas J. Mathiesen, 295-312. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

"The Musical Imagery of India."  In Musical Imagery, ed. Rolf Inge Godoy and Harald Jorgensen, 207-20.  Proceedings of the Conference on Musical Imagery, Society for Systematic and Comparative Musicology, Oslo, 1999.  Studies on new Music Research, 5.  Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger, 2001.

"Scale and Mode in the Music of the Early Tamils of South India." Reprint. Journal of the Music Academy, Madras 72 (2001): 187-227.

"Scale and Mode in the Music of the Early Tamils of South India." Reprint. Journal of Tamil Studies (2000): 57-58; 179-212.

"New Music and Philosophy." In Musicology and Sister Disciplines: Past, Present, and Future, ed. David Greer, 367-77. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, London, 1997. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

"Scale and Mode in the Music of the Early Tamils of South India." Music Theory Spectrum 22, no. 2 (2000): 135-56.

"Theoretical Treatises." In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5 (South Asia), ed. Alison Arnold, 17-41. New York: Garland, 1999.

"Emblematic Openings in Music." In Music and Signs: Semiotic and Cognitive Studies in Music, ed. loannis Zannos, 379-90. Bratislava: ASCO Art and Science, 1999.

"What and How do Musical Openings Signify?" In Les Universaux en musique, ed. Costin Miereanu and Xavier Hascher, 385-97. Paris: Publications de La Sorbonne, 1998.

Music and Musical Thought in Early India. Reprint edition.  New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1998.

"El tiempo en las filosofías romanticas de la música."  Reprinted in La realidad musical, ed. Juan Cruz Cruz, 453-96. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 1998.

"Nuevos horizontes temporales en la música." In La realidad musical, ed. Juan Cruz Cruz, 119-36. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 1998.

"Philosophy." Position paper and abstracts for the round table on "Philosophy and Musicology," Sixteenth International Congress of the International Musicological Society, London, 1997. Acta musicologica 59, no. 1 (1997): 40-44.

"Vocal Sound and Voice Classification in Early Indian Sources." Systematic Musicology 4, no. 1-2 (1996): 259-71.

"The Study of Time in Music: A Quarter-Century Perspective." Indiana Theory Review 17, no. 2 ((1996): 63-92

"Music as a Source for Cultural Intuitions of Time." In Concepts of Time: Ancient and Modern, ed. Kapila Vatsyayan, 444-61. New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1996.

Introducción a Ia filosofía de Ia música: antecedentes históricos y problemas estéticos. Trans. Miguel Wald. 2nd rev. ed. Barcelona: Editorial Gedisa, 1996.

"Ma: Time and Timing in the Traditional Arts of Japan." In Dimensions of Time and Life: The Study of Time 8, ed. J. T. Fraser and Marlene P. Soulsby, 161-81. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1996.

"El tiempo en las filosofías romanticas de la música." Anuario Filosófico 29, no. 1 (1996): 125-68.

"Ideologie culturali e la metafisica della musica." In L'ascolto del tempo: Musiche inudibili e ambiente ritmico, ed. Albert Mayr, Antonello Colimberti, and Gabriele Montagano, 59-70. Florence: mp x 2 editore, 1995.

"Carl Nielsen's Homespun Philosophy of Music." In The Nielsen Companion, ed. Mina Miller, 31-57. London: Faber & Faber, 1995.

"Eighteenth-Century Musical Openings." In Time, Literature and the Arts: Essays in Honor of Samuel L. Macey, ed. Thomas R. Cleary, 120-39. English Literary Studies Monograph Series No. 61. Victoria: University of Victoria, 1994.

Five articles in The Encyclopedia of Time, ed. Samuel L. Macey: "Music: Beginnings" (pp. 407-09), "Music: History of Ancient" (pp. 409-11), "Music: India" (pp. 411-13), "Music: Western" (pp. 419-24), and "Tempo" (pp. 595-96). New York: Garland, 1994.

Co-authored (with John Clough, Jack Douthett, and N. Ramanathan). "Early Indian Heptatonic Scales and Recent Diatonic Theory." Music Theory Spectrum 15, no. 1 (1993): 36-58.

"Music as Process." In Time and Process: Interdisciplinary Issues (The Study of Time 7), ed. J. T. Fraser and Lewis Rowell, 127-46. Presidential address, Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (1989), Glacier Park, MT. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1993.

Time and Process: Interdisciplinary Issues (The Study of Time 7), ed. J. T. Fraser and Lewis Rowell. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1993.

Music and Musical Thought in Early India. Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Recipient of the Otto Kinkeldey Award (1993) from the American Musicological Society.

"The Prabandhas in Matanga's Brhaddesi." In The Traditional Indian Theory and Practice of Music and Dance, ed. Jonathan Katz, 107-41. Panels of the Seventh World Sanskrit Conference, vol. 11. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992.

"Present at the Creation: Documenting the Arts of India." Journal of the American Oriental Society 112, no. 1 (1992): 110-15.

"Taala." In Kalatattvakosa: A Lexicon of Fundamental Concepts in the Indian Arts, vol. 2 (Concepts of Space and Time), ed. Bettina Bäumer, 333-53. New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1992.

"Paradigms for a Comparative Mythology of Music." In Music and Mythology: A Collection of Essays, ed. R. C. Mehta, 14-29. Reprint.  Bombay & Baroda: Indian Musicological Society, 1989.

"The Idea of Music in India and the Ancient West." In Essays on the Philosophy of Music, ed. Veikko Rantala, Lewis Rowell, and Eero Tarasti, 323-42. Acta Philosophica Fennica 43. Helsinki: Finnish Philosophical Society, 1988.

Essays on the Philosophy of Music, ed. Veikko Rantala, Lewis Rowell, and Eero Tarasti. Acta Philosophica Fennica 43. Helsinki: Finnish Philosophical Society, 1988.

"Form in the Ritual Theatre Music of Ancient India." In Musica Asiatica 5, ed. R. Widdess, 140-90. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

"Paradigms for a Comparative Mythology of Music." Journal of the Indian Musicological Society 18, no. 2 (1987): 14-29.

"Stasis in Music." Semiotica 66, no. 1-3 (1987): 181-95.

"The Songs of Medieval India: The Prabandhas as Described in Matanga's Brhaddesi." Music Theory Spectrum 9 (1987): 136-72.

"The Ancient Tala System: A Comparative Approach." Journal of the Music Academy, Madras 57 (1986): 83-99.

"Thinking Time and Thinking about Time in Indian Music." Communication and Cognition 19, no. 2 (1986): 229-40.

"Thinking Time and Thinking about Time in Indian Music." In Reason, Emotion, and Music, ed. L. Apostel, H. Sabbe, and F. Vandamme, 413-24. Ghent: Center for Communication and Cognition, University of Ghent, 1986.

Introducción a la filosofía de la música: antecedentes históricos y problemas estéticos. Trans. Miguel Wald. Barcelona & Buenos Aires: Editorial Gedisa, 1985.

"The Temporal Spectrum." Music Theory Spectrum 7 (1985): 1-6.

Thinking about Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1983.

"Abhinavagupta, Augustine, Time, and Music." Journal of the Indian Musicological Society 13, no. 2 (1982): 18-36.

"The Lessons of Faustus." College Music Symposium 21, no. 2 (1981): 54-70. A study of Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus.

"Early Indian Musical Speculation and the Theory of Melody." Journal of Music Theory 25, no. 2 (1981): 217-44.

"The Creation of Audible Time." In The Study of Time, vol. 4, ed. J. T. Fraser, N. Lawrence, and D. Park, 198-210. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1981.

"Aristoxenus on Rhythm." Journal of Music Theory 23, no. 1 (1979): 63-79. Includes an English translation of his Elementa rhythmica.

"The Subconscious Language of Musical Time." Music Theory Spectrum 1 (1979): 96-106.

Discussion and comments on Raimundo Panikkar, "Time and Sacrifice--The Sacrifice of Time and the Ritual of Modernity." In The Study of Time, vol. 3, ed. J. T. Fraser, N. Lawrence, and D. Park, 726-27. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1978.

"Time in the Musical Consciousness of Old High Civilizations--East and West." In The Study of Time, vol. 3, ed. J. T. Fraser, N. Lawrence, and D. Park, 578-611. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1978.

"A Siksa for the Twiceborn." Asian Music 9, no. 1 (1977): 72-94.

"The Orpheus Principle: Myth and Musical Identity." American Music Teacher (Feb/Mar 1974): 31-33.

"Comparative Theory: A Systematic Approach to the Study of World Music." College Music Symposium 12 (1972): 66-83.

"Adam of Fulda: Theorist and Composer." Diapason (April 1972): 4, 5, 20.

Co-authored (with William Christ, Richard DeLone, Vernon Kliewer, and William Thomson). Materials and Structure of Music, vol. 2 and accompanying workbook. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1966. Revised editions in 1973 and 1981.

Co-authored (with William Christ, Richard DeLone, Vernon Kliewer, and William Thomson). Materials and Structure of Music, vol. 1 and accompanying workbook. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1966. Revised editions in 1971 and 1980.

"Music Education in the Medieval Universities." Triad (February/March 1964): 5-10.

Four Operas of Antonio Vivaldi (Ph.D. dissertation). Microcard. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1961.



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