Andrew Hicks

Assistant Professor, Musicology Cornell University

Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos, was published by Oxford University Press in fall 2016.  He has collaborated with Fr. Édouard Jeauneau on an edition of John Scottus Eriugena’s Commentary and Homily on the Gospel of John (CCCM 166, Brepols 2008), and their collaboration continues with the forthcoming first edition of William of Conches’ Glosulae super Priscianum (Brepols). His published essays range across the history of music theory, Pythagoreanism, the reception of Martianus Capella, textual criticism, and musical metaphors and modalities in Classical Persian literatures. His new book project, tentatively titled The Broken Harp: Musical Metaphor in Classical Persian Literature, focuses on the Near Eastern reception of Greco-Roman harmonic theory.

Hicks is cross-appointed to the Program in Medieval Studies, where he serves as the resident Medieval Latinist, is a member of the Graduate Fields of Classics and Near Eastern Studies, and is a faculty affiliate in Religious Studies. He teaches undergraduate courses in music history and theory, and graduate seminars in the history of medieval music theory, medieval Latin literature, Latin paleography and codicology, medieval cosmology, philosophical commentaries, and musical thought in medieval Arabo-Persian cultures.