Where Body Meets Soul, Hildegard of Bingen’s Musical Notions Analysed Through the Lens of Embodied Cognition
This thesis researches the historical representation of the theory of musical embodied cognition (a theory which, in short, describes how people gain understanding from listening to or making music, through subtle, bodily experiences). The main authors used were Leonid Perlovsky and Arnie Cox, who both wrote intensively on the workings of embodied cognition in relation to music. To examine this theory's value for historical research, writings by 12th-century abbess, composer and religious writer Hildegard of Bingen have been analyzed through the lens of Cox and Perlosvky's writings. This led to the conclusion that Hildegard was indeed both very aware of and highly influenced by the embodied effects of music.
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