Siglind Bruhn: Books authored









1: Interdisciplinary Studies in 20th-century Music (English)

2018 Debussy’s Vocal Music and its Poetic Evocations (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 288 pp.
2015 Arnold Schoenberg's Journey from Tone Poems to Kaleidoscopic Sound Colors (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 368 pp.
2013 The Music of Jörg Widmann (Waldkirch: Gorz), 244 pp. [Contents]
2011 Frank Martin’s Musical Reflections on Death
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 300 pp.
Messiaen’s Interpretations of Holiness and Trinity:
Echoes of Medieval Theology in His Oratorio, Organ Meditations, and Opera
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 230 pp.  [Contents]  [Review Dingle]  [Review Fallon]
Messiaen’s Explorations of Love and Death:
Musical  Signification in the “Tristan Trilogy” and Three Related Song Cycles
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 288 pp.  [Contents]  [Review Dingle]  [Review Benitez]
Messiaen’s Contemplations of Covenant and Incarnation:
Musical Symbols of Faith in the Two Great Piano Cycles of the 1940s
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 296 pp. [Contents]  [Review Dingle]  [Review Benitez]
2005 The Musical Order of the World: Kepler, Hesse, Hindemith
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press), 256 pp. [Contents]


Saints in the Limelight: Representations of the Religious Quest on the Post-1945 Operatic Stage
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon), 635 pp.
[Contents] [Works discussed][Saints discussed]


Musical Ekphrasis: Composers Responding to Poetry and Painting
(Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon), 667 pp.
[Contents][Essay, short version] [Essay, long version]

2000 Musical Ekphrasis in Rilke's MARIENLEBEN
(Amsterdam: Rodopi), 235 pp. --- [Contents]
1998 The Temptation of Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler as a Spiritual Testimony
(Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon), 407 pp. [Review Clifton]
1997 Images and Ideas in Modern French Piano Music: The Extra-musical Subtext in Piano Works by Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen
(Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon), 432 pp.  [Review Briscoe]

2: Interdisciplinary Studies in 20th-century Music (German and French)

2019Debussys Instrumentalmusik im kulturellen Kontext (Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 314 pp.
2018 Debussys Vokalmusik und ihre poetischen Evokationen (Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 316 pp.  [Contents]
2017 Debussys Klaviermusik und ihre bildlichen Inspirationen (Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 268 pp.  [Contents]
2016 Henri Dutilleux. Jede Note auf der Goldwaage gewogen
(Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 254 pp.  [Contents]
2016 Aribert Reimanns Vokalmusik
(Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 298 pp. [Contents]
2015 Schönbergs Musik 1899-1914 im Spiegel des kulturellen Umbruchs.
Von der Tondichtung zum Klangfarbenspiel 
(Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 338 pp. [Contents]
2014 Europas klingende Bilder
(Waldkirch, Germany: Gorz), 200 pp. [Contents]
2013 Die Musik von Jörg Widmann
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 244 pp. [Contents]
Hindemiths große Instrumentalwerke
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz),  356 pp. [Contents] 
Hindemiths große Vokalwerke
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz),  312 pp. [Contents] 
Hindemiths große Bühnenwerke
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz),  275 pp. [Contents
Les Visions d’ Olivier Messiaen
(Paris: L’Harmattan), 346 pp.
Messiaens ‘Summa theologica
Musikalische Spurensuche mit Thomas von Aquin in La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ, Méditations sur le mystère de la sainte Trinité, und Saint François d’Assise   
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 268 pp. [Contents] [Libretto]
2007  Olivier Messiaen, Troubadour: Liebesverständnis und musikalische Symbolik in Poèmes pour Mi, Chants de terre et de ciel, Trois petites Liturgies de la présence divine, Harawi, Turangalîla-Sinfonie und Cinq Rechants
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 322 pp. [Contents]

Messiaens musikalische Sprache des Glaubens: Theologische Symbolik in den Klavierzyklen Visions de l’Amen und Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 330 pp. [Contents]


Christus als Opernheld im späten 20. Jahrhundert
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 296 pp.
[Contents] [Works discussed]


Das tönende Museum: Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts interpretiert Werke bildender Kunst  Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 252 pp.

1997 Musikalische Symbolik in Olivier Messiaens Weihnachtsvignetten.
Hermeneutisch-analytische Untersuchungen zu den
Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jé
(Frankfurt etc.: Peter Lang), 253 pp. [Contents]


Die musikalische Darstellung psychologischer Wirklichkeit in Alban Bergs Wozzeck
[Alban Berg’s Musical Representation of the Psychological Aspects in the Opera Wozzeck] Published with a Distinction-in-Scholarly-Research Grant from the Alban Berg Stiftung, Vienna.
(Frankfurt etc.: Peter Lang), 450 pp.

3: Performance Pratice in 18th- and 19th-century Music


J. S. Bachs Wohltemperiertes Klavier: Analyse und Gestaltung
(Waldkirch, Germany: Edition Gorz), 580 pp. [Contents]
Revised edition 

J. S. Bachs Well-Tempered Clavier: In-depth Analysis and Interpretation, 4 vols.
(Hong Kong: MAINER International Ltd), 264 + 250 + 248 + 260 pp.
Revised and consolidated edition
J. S. Bachs Well-Tempered Clavier: In-depth Analysis and Interpretation
(Waldkirch, Germany: EDITION GORZ), 580 pp. [Content]


Guidelines to Piano Interpretation (Penang, Malaysia: Penerbit Muzikal), 208 pp.
- Chinese translation (Taipei: International Piano Teaching Foundation of Taiwan, 1992)
- Polish translation (Warsaw: Publications of the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music, 1994)


Die Kunst musikalischer Gestaltung am Klavier:
Gestaltungskriterien und Gestaltungsmittel in Bach
’scher und klassischer Klaviermusik [Performance Practice in 18th-century Piano Music]
(Frankfurt etc.: Peter Lang), 152 pp.

4: Textbooks, commissioned for the Hong Kong Piano Teachers Association


Creative Piano Instruction for Small Children, 2 volumes
(Penang, Malaysia: Penerbit Muzikal), 127 pp.


How to Play Bachs Little Piano Pieces (Penang, Malaysia: Penerbit Muzikal), 87 pp.
- Chinese translation (Taipei: International Piano Teaching Foundation of Taiwan, 1994

Siglind Bruhn also serves as editor of works in the humanities at large. Books she has shepherded include Małgorzata Pawłowska’s Exploring Musical Narratology: The Romeo and Juliet Myth in Music (Pendragon 2018), Barbara Barry’s Lebewohl: Reconstructions of Death and Leave-taking in Music (Pendragon 2013), Wojciech Stepien’s The Sound of Finnish Angels: Musical Signification in Five Instrumental Compositions by Einojuhani Rautavaara (Pendragon 2011), Magnar Breivik’s Musical Functionalism: The Musical Thoughts of Arnold Schoenberg and Paul Hindemith (Pendragon 2011), Geert Edel’s Von der Vernunftkritik zur Erkenntnislogik and Hypothesis versus Linguistic Turn (both Gorz 2010), Vladimir L. Marchenkov’s The Orpheus Myth and the Powers of Music (Pendragon 2009), Responsibility and Commitment: Eighteen Essays in Honor of Gerhold K. Becker edited by Tze-wan Kwan (Gorz 2008), Victoria Adamenko’s Neo-Mythologism in Music: From Scriabin and Schoenberg to Schnittke and Crumb (Pendragon 2007), Po-shan Leung’s Eigentlichkeit als Heideggers Wegmotiv: Von Sein und Zeit zur Seinsgeschichte (Gorz 2007), Mathieu Schneider’s Destins croisés: Du rapport entre musique et littérature dans les oeuvres symphoniques de Gustav Mahler et Richard Strauss (Gorz 2006), Uta-D. Rose’s Die Komplexität politischen Handelns: Die Liberalismus - Kommunitarismus - Debatte im Lichte des Denkens von Hannah Arendt (Gorz 2005), and Kristin Rygg’s Masqued Mysteries Unmasked: Early Modern Music Theater and Its Pythagorean Subtext (Pendragon 2000). The studies published by Edition Gorz can alternatively be read online or purchased as paperbacks.