Berthold Hoeckner


Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1994


Office: Goodspeed 203
Phone: (773) 702-7629

Berthold Hoeckner is a music historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century music. Research interests include aesthetics, Adorno, music and literature, film music and visual culture, the psychology and neuroscience of music. Awards and fellowships include the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society (1998), a Humboldt Research Fellowship (2001/2), a Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2006/7), and a Faculty Fellowship at the Franke Institute of the Humanities (2012/13). He was Lead Researcher in a three-year research project on somatic wisdom at the Center of Social and Cognitive Neuroscience and is currently Principal Investigator in a new research project studying the relationship between wisdom and humility Programming the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of the Moment, was published by Princeton University Press in 2002; Apparitions: New Perspectives on Adorno and Twentieth-Century Music by Routledge in 2006. He has taught at Chicago since 1994.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Film, Music, Affect
  • Perception and Understanding of Multimedia (three-quarter Graduate Research Seminar co-taught with Howard Nusbaum at the Center of Disciplinary Innovation)
  • Classical Hollywood Film Music
  • Music and Memory
  • Adorno and 20th-Century Music
  • Film, Music, Theory

Selected Works

  • The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom, PLoS ONE 11(2): e0149369. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0149369
  • Music can elicit a visual motion aftereffect. Atten Percept Psychophys
 DOI 10.3758/s13414-013-0443-z
  • Conveying Movement in Music and Prosody, PLoS ONE 8(10): e76744. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076744
  • "Music and Memory in Film: The Casablanca Effect." In: The Psychology of Music in Multimedia eds. Siu-Lan Tan, Annabel Cohen, Scott Lipscomb, and Roger Kendall (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • Film, Music, Memory (monograph, in progress)
  • "Film music influences how viewers relate to movie characters." Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (2011)
  • "Wagner and the Origin of Evil.” Opera Quarterly (2007)
  • "Audiovisual Memory: Transport and Transportation.” In Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema. Leppert, Kramer, and Goldmark (eds.) (University of California Press 2007)
  • Apparitions: New Perspectives on Adorno and Twentieth-Century Music. Editor.  (Routledge 2006)
  • "Paths through Dichterliebe.” Nineteenth-Century Music (2006)
  • Programming the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of the Moment(Princeton University Press 2002)
  • "Schumann and Romantic Distance.”  Journal of the American Musicological Society (1997)