Res Musica


The Res Musica yearbook aims to provide a wide forum for published articles on Estonian musicology. Comprising articles written by an international circle of scholars, it will cover all areas of musicological research. One of its goals is to develop musicological discourse in the Estonian language. However, it will also examine central issues and discourse in other languages, thus embracing a diversity of traditions of thinking and writing about music. One goal of the journal might be to supplement the currently dominant English-language discourse with that in German, the medium of academic life in the Baltic states earlier in the 20th century. It will also include the Russian musicological thinking that defined much communication in this field during the Soviet decades.

We plan to publish both single articles and themed issues of the journal. These will appear not only in Estonian, but also in English and German. Articles will be provided with extensive summaries translated into Estonian or, in case of Estonian articles, into English or German, depending on the theme. In addition to articles based on musicological research, each issue of the journal will include a reviews section and an overview of the past year in Estonian musicological life. Single issues may involve additional sections.

The musicological yearbook Res Musica is published by the Estonian Musicological Society (EMS) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT). Before acceptance for publication, all articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed by scholars active in appropriate areas of academic research. In finding potential contributors and reviewers the editors have been assisted by the international editorial board. In recent decades, the number of scholars with at least a working knowledge of Estonian has grown significantly, both in our neighbouring countries and in the English-speaking world. This has provided feedback on works in Estonian from outside our own small community.

The editors will translate an entire issue into the appropriate language if the selection of articles forms a thematically homogeneous whole which is felt to address a specific circle of potential readers (e.g. Estonian readers interested in history and culture outside musicology, or international scholars in a specific field such as the contemporary analysis of music).

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. It is published under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence. Nevertheless, you are welcome to contact us → in order to purchase any of the yearbooks as a paper based edition.