Dr. Yael Sela Teichler

Music in German Jewish cultural and intellectual history; Aesthetics in eighteenth-century Jewish Enlightenment; Intersections of music, aesthetics, theology, and politics in early modern Germany and England…

Yael Sela Teichler has recently been appointed Lecturer of Musicology at the Open University of Israel. She is affiliated with the research group on the History of Emotions in European Music at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she has previously been a postdoctoral research fellow (2011-2013). Since the completion of her dissertation in historical musicology at the University of Oxford in 2010, she has held research fellowships also at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her dissertation was concerned with the emergence of secular keyboard music as a domestic practice in the late sixteenth century and its association with female domesticity. Focusing on women’s private music-pedagogical manuscripts as material objects, it explored the significance of scribal practices, patronage, and manuscript culture in constructing and articulating cultural and religious identities, gender roles, and social order among the Protestant gentry.

Her current research pertains to music as a mode of cultural participation, negotiation, and experience in German Jewish Enlightenment between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Berlin and Vienna. Incorporating German Jewish cultural and intellectual history, she explores the aesthetics of music and poetry as well as musical practice in Jewish Enlightenment culture, addressing the political-theological implications of aesthetics in early modern and modern German Jewish discourse. She is currently completing a monograph on music, biblical poetry, and aesthetics in the philosophy and commemoration of Moses Mendelssohn and is editing, together with Philip V. Bohlman, a volume on Voices of Displacement: Music and Memory in German Jewish modernity.

As a research fellow of Daat Hamakom, her project explores the topoi of Jerusalem and Athens and the relationships between them in German Jewish and Christian interpretive imagination through aesthetic representations, especially music and poetry, since the mid-eighteenth century.

Website: https://openu.academia.edu/YaelSelaTeichler

Selected Publications

  • Becoming Audible: Musical Exegeses on Judaism and Christianity in Enlightenment Berlin (monograph in preparation)
  • Voices of Displacement: Music and Memory in the Jewish Experience of Modernity, co-edited with Philip V. Bohlman (in preparation)
  • “Music, Acculturation, and Haskalah between Berlin and Königsberg in the 1780s.” Jewish Quarterly Review 103.3 (2013): 352–384.
  • “’Dem verewigten Moses Mendelssohn zu Ehren’: Musik, Akkulturation, und jüdische Aufklärung zwischen Berlin und Königsberg in den 1780er Jahren.” Mendelssohn-Studien, ed. Roland Dieter Schmidt-Hensel and Christoph Schulte (Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2013), 105–139.
  • “My Ladye Nevells Booke: Music, Patronage and Cultural Negotiation in late Sixteenth-Century England.” Renaissance Studies 26.1 (2012): 79–102. * Awarded the 2013 Renaissance Studies Prize for best article published in the journal in 2012. 
  • “Anna Magdalena Bach’s Büchlein as a Domestic Miscellany.” Understanding Bach 5 (2010): 87–97.