Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance

Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance
02 Jul 2019, 11:30 to 02 Jul 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 5: July 2: Musica celestis. Music as a cosmic principle

Primary sources: select readings from Plato’s Timaeus (with the commentary of Calcidius). Further reading: D. P. Walker, ‘The Harmony of the Spheres’ and ‘Kepler’s Celestial Music’, in Studies in Musical Science in the Late Renaissance, 1978; Penelope Gouk, Music, Science and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England, 1999; Laurence Wuidar, Musique et astrologie après le Concile de Trente, 2008.


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