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Number to Sound : The Musical Way to the Scientific Revolution - Paolo Gozza

Number to Sound

The Musical Way to the Scientific Revolution

By: Paolo Gozza (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1999
ISBN: 9780792360698
Number Of Pages: 322

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Number 10 Sound: The Musical Way 10 the Scientific Revolution is a collection of twelve essays by writers from the fields of musicology and the history of science. The essays show the idea of music held by Euro­ th pean intellectuals who lived from the second half of the 15 century to the th early 17 : physicians (e. g. Marsilio Ficino), scholars of musical theory (e. g. Gioseffo Zarlino, Vincenzo Galilei), natural philosophers (e. g. Fran­ cis Bacon, Isaac Beeckman, Marin Mersenne), astronomers and mathema­ ticians (e. g. Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei ). Together with other people of the time, whom the Reader will meet in the course of the book, these intellectuals share an idea of music that is far removed from the way it is commonly conceived nowadays: it is the idea of music as a science whose object-musical sound--can be quantified and demonstrated, or enquired into experimentally with the methods and instruments of modem scientific enquiry. In this conception, music to be heard is a complex, variable structure based on few simple elements--e. g. musical intervals-, com­ bined according to rules and criteria which vary along with the different ages. However, the varieties of music created by men would not exist if they were not based on certain musical models--e. g. the consonances-, which exist in the mind of God or are hidden in the womb of Nature, which man discovers and demonstrates, and finally translates into the lan­ guage of sounds.

Notes on Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Sounding Numbers
The Harmony of the Spheresp. 67
"Desiderio da Pavia" and Renaissance Musical Theoryp. 79
Music and Spirit
Marsilio Ficino: The Soul and the Body of Counterpointp. 99
Music in Francis Bacon's Natural Philosophyp. 135
Geometry vs Arithmetic
A Renaissance Mathematics: the Music of Descartesp. 155
The Structure of Harmony in Johannes Kepler's Harmonice mundi (1619)p. 173
The Uses of Experience
Was Galileo's Father an Experimental Scientist?p. 191
The Expressive Value of Intervals and the Problem of the Fourthp. 201
Sound, Matter and Motion
Galileo Galileip. 219
Isaac Beeckmanp. 233
Mechanics and Affections
Marin Mersenne: Mechanics, Music and Harmonyp. 267
Moving the Affections Through Music: Pre-Cartesian Psycho-Physiological Theoriesp. 289
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780792360698
ISBN-10: 0792360699
Series: The Western Ontario Philosophy of Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 31st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.64

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