What the Doctor Overheard: Dr. Leopold Müller's Account of Music in Early Meiji Japan
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300pp. December 2017
What the Doctor Overheard: Dr. Leopold Müller's Account of Music in Early Meiji Japan
Translator: Markham, Elizabeth; Terauchi, Naoko; Wolpert, Rembrandt;
This study with full translation into both English and Japanese illuminates and reassesses Prussian medical scientist and physician Leopold Müller’s pioneering contribution on Japanese music, especially courtly gagaku, written and published in Japan in a series from 1874 to 1876. It proposes that, with the recent rise of interest in the medical humanities and a musicological call for embracing the cognitive-scientific along with the historical and ethnographical, Müllers’ firsthand observations of a foreign music made from the practical body-orientated approach and ethnographic pen of a medical scientist ought also find new resonance nowadays.

9 illustrations


Cornell East Asia Series
Distributed for Cornell University East Asia Program
Translator: Markham, Elizabeth; Terauchi, Naoko; Wolpert, Rembrandt;



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