Associate Professor Andrew Hicks has recently been recognized by the Society for Music Theory, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his book Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Cosmos (Oxford University Press).
At the joint meeting of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, Hicks received the Society for Music Theory's Emerging Scholar book award. The committee explained its selection as follows:
“This year’s Emerging Scholar Award for a Book recognizes a landmark volume on music, philosophy, and sound. Placing recent discoveries in astrophysics into conversation with twentieth-century critical theory and ancient philosophy and cosmology, the book provides a new intellectual history of our persistent fascination with universal musical harmony. In it, the author explains the foundational and normative role of music theory within ancient and medieval models of the cosmos, focusing in particular on the twelfth-century reception of Platonism. With philosophical verve and philological rigor, the book demonstrates the continued relevance of these early doctrines for contemporary conversations in both modern science and critical thought.”
Hicks also received a 2018 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award.