Rembrandt Wolpert

Rembrandt Wolpert


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5897

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Rembrandt Wolpert comes from Sinology (M.A. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, Ph.D. University of Cambridge, England) and Computer Science (M.Sc. University of Otago, New Zealand) to his research interests in historical sources for musicology and music in context in East Asia (in particular 7th-to 13th-century China), in grammars (musical and "a-musical"), and in functional programming.

China (600 - 1300 A.D.), Performing Arts and Computational Analysis

  • The Recluse in Early East Asia
  • Texts and Transmission: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Song China (960–1276)
  • Between Science and the Arts: Poetry as Political Act in Early China (420–907 C.E.)
  • Early Chinese Empires
  • The Mongols in China (1279–1368)

Ph.D., University of Cambridge,  England

M.A., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany

M.Sc., University of Otago, New Zealand

What the Doctor Overheard: Dr Leopold Müller's Account of Music in Early Meiji Japan. Translated, edited with prefaces and a postface by Elizabeth Markham, Naoko Terauchi, and Rembrandt Wolpert. Ithaca, NY: Cornell East Asia Series 185. 2017.

Musical notation, essay and notes on the pieces for Wu Man (with Kronos Quartet): Immeasurable Light. Traditional Crossroads. 780702-4343-2. 2010. Essay and notes also available at:


Music from the Tang Court: Transcribed from the original unpublished Sino-Japanese manuscripts together with a survey of relevant historical sources (both Chinese and Japanese) and with editorial comments. 7 vols; continuing series. Edited by Laurence E. R. Picken and Rembrandt F. Wolpert, Allan J. Marett, Jonathan Condit, Elizabeth J. Markham, Yôko Mitani, Steven Jones, Noël Nickson; and with (for vol. 7) N. Gray, M. Okamoto, and R. Walker.

Vol. 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981 
Vol. 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985/2009 (reprint) 
Vol. 3, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985/2009 (reprint) 
Vol. 4, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987/2009 (reprint) 
Vol. 5, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990/2009 (reprint) 
Vol. 6, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997/2007 (reprint) 
Vol. 7, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000/2007 (reprint)

“Developing a NeumeScribe for Sino-Japanese Buddhist musical notations'”. In Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal 23 (2010), pp. 167--182.(With Elizabeth J. Markham)

“Tang Music Theory of Ritual Calendrical Transposition Applied”. CHIME 18/19 (2013), pp. 67–82

“A Remark on Müller’s Interactive Gagaku Study Score”. In What the Doctor Overhead (see above) (2017), pp. 291–301. (With Elizabeth J. Markham)

Essentials for Biwa: An Essay on a Courtly Lute-book Edited by Fujiwara no Moronaga (1138–1192). (in preparation)

The Songs of Chinese Poet and Musician Jiang Kui (1155-1221). (With Elizabeth J. Markham and Yang Yuanzheng) (in preparation)

He held senior research positions at Peterhouse, Cambridge University (England), the Research Institute for Humanistic Studies, Kyôto University (Japan), the Department of Chinese Studies, Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg (Germany), and was Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Social Anthropology at The Queen's University of Belfast (Ireland), Chair and Professor Ordinarius of Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), before joining the University of Arkansas in 2000.

Dr. Wolpert conducts field- and archive-work in China, Japan, and Europe.