Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance

Music and the Arts and Sciences in the Renaissance
25 Jun 2019, 15:00 to 25 Jun 2019, 16:30
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 4: June 25: Musica humana. Music and medicine: NB: NEW TIME

Primary sources: selections from Ibn al-Jazzar, Guide for the Traveller (Viaticum); Ficino, De triplici vita (1489); Further reading: Peregrine Horden (ed.), Music as Medicine: The History of Music Therapy since Antiquity, 2000; W. F. Wack, Lovesickness in the Middle Ages, 1990; N. Siraisi, ‘The Music of the Pulse in the Writings of Italian Academic Physicians (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries),’ Speculum, 50, 1975; Charles Burnett, ‘Spiritual Medicine: Music and Healing in Islam and its Influence in Western Medicine’, in Musical healing in Cultural Contexts, ed. Penelope Gouk, Aldershot, 2000, pp. 85-91; G. Mina, Il morso della differenza—Il debattito sul tarantismo dal XIV al XVI secolo, Besa: Nardo, 2000 (edition of Guiglielmo de Massa’s text from Biblioteca Vaticana, Lat. Barberini 306.


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