The Renaissance reception of Augustine's writings on music

TitleThe Renaissance reception of Augustine's writings on music
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsØstrem, E
EditorPollmann, K, Gill, MJ
Ancient AuthorsAurelius Augustinus (PHI 2468)
Book TitleAugustine beyond the book: intermediality, transmediality, and reception
Series TitleChurch History 58; Religious History and Culture Series 6
Pagination217-244
PublisherBrill
CityBoston
ISBN9789004222137
Abstract

In 1482, the Spanish theorist Bartholomeo Ramos de Pareia published his treatise Musica Practica, where he brashly discarded every single truth that music theory had produced so far. One name is conspicuously missing from Ramos's list: Boethius, the founder of medieval musicology, the author of the book De institutione musica, which just about every music scholar between the Carolingian era and the Renaissance would have read, and who is by far the most cited author in the corpus of Latin music treatises. This chapter attempts to suggest an answer to the question why Augustine is included and Boethius is not. It presents Augustine, not primarily for what he was in his own time, but what he looks like from a late medieval and early modern perspective. It is based on a birds-eye perspective on all the major music treatises in Latin and Italian from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/b9789004228580_012]

DOI10.1163/9789004228580_012

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