La redecouverte de la musique antique du XVIe au XIXe siècle

TitleLa redecouverte de la musique antique du XVIe au XIXe siècle
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsBélis, A
Book TitleArchéologie et musique
Series TitleCahiers du musée 2
PublisherMusée de la musique

Discusses the various aspects of the rediscovery of ancient music beginning with 16th- and 17th-c. attempts at editions of Greek musical treatises including Marc Meibom’s Antiquae musicae auctores septem, graece et latine (1652) which was the standard reference until Carl von Jan's Musici scriptores graeci (1895). In the 16th and 17th c., theorists and composers, including Gioseffo Zarlino, Vincenzo Galilei, and Marin Mersenne, copied ancient scores, but until the end of the 19th c. no transcriptions had yet been made. Instead, 16th-c. experiments with musique mésurée attempted to base new music on ancient Greek procedures, sometimes even endeavoring to employ Greek notation. Theorists and composers in the 17th c., including Mersenne in his Harmonie universelle (1636), attempted to apply ancient Greek principles to French and Latin.

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