© Ellen Davydov (2018)

Phenomenology of Music

This part of the website is dedicated to the Inner Song, the music you sing to yourself “in your head” while practicing your musical instrument.


I borrow the expression “inner song” from cellist Xavier Gagnepain’s book Du musicien en général au violoncelliste en particulier (2001).

My work is composed of two complementary aspects: on the one hand, a rigorous philosophical analysis based mainly on the work of E. Husserl, and on the other, fieldwork consisting of collecting testimonies from practitioners about their intimate experience of music (if possible in the musician’s mother tongue: French, English or Italian).

This research began during my studies at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne IV (2005-2010), developed during an exchange to Roma-la-Sapienza in Master 2 (2009-2010), continued as part of the Master Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie at Charles University in Prague, Hosei University in Tokyo (2011-2012) and Bergische Universität Wuppertal (2012-2013), and continued as part of a PhD at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA (2015-2022).

It is now taking a new turn with the exploration of other artistic practices, not necessarily musical.

As with all research work, this is available to anyone wishing to re-use it, provided they respect the intellectual property codes.

If you are a musician and would like to share your experience, please write here.

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