Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance

Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance
18 Jun 2019, 11:30 to 18 Jun 2019, 13:00
Short Course
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Short course: Tuesdays to 2 July 2019 inclusive.  

This course takes up some musical themes in the arts and sciences in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Musical concepts are explored in themselves, and in relation to different arts and sciences. The class will include practical sessions as well as the reading of original texts (usually in Latin but with English translations). No prior knowledge of music theory or practice is required, but an appreciation of the music of the period would be an advantage. 

Session 3: June 18: Musica instrumentalis. The adoption of Arabic musical instruments and music (with demonstrations) 

Primary sources: Al-Farabi, De scientiis, trans. Gerard of Cremona. Further reading: E. R. Perkuhn, Die Theorien zum arabischen Einfluss auf die europäischen Musik des Mittelalters, Walldorf-Hessen, 1976; C. Burnett, ‘European Knowledge of Arabic Texts Referring to Music’, Early Music History, 12, 1993; Owen Wright, On Music: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 5, Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, Oxford, 2010; H. G. Farmer, ‘The Influence of al-Farabi’s “Ihsa’ al-‘ulum” (De scientiis) on the Writers on Music in Western Europe’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1932, pp. 561-92; Max Haas, Musikalisches Denken im Mittelalter, Bern etc. 2005; ‘Mode’ V,2 and ‘Arabic Music’ in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians


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