Ut musica poesis. Parola poetica e misura musicale nel modello formativo oraziano / Ut musica poesis. Poetical word and musical measure in the Horatian educational model

TitleUt musica poesis. Parola poetica e misura musicale nel modello formativo oraziano / Ut musica poesis. Poetical word and musical measure in the Horatian educational model
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBugada, G
EditorRocconi, E
Ancient AuthorsQuintus Horatius Flaccus (PHI 0893)
Book TitleLa musica nell'Impero Romano: Testimonianze teoriche e scoperte archeologiche = Music in the Roman Empire: Theoretical Evidence and Archaeological Findings
Pagination41-49
PublisherPavia University Press
CityPavia
ISBN9788896764022
Abstract

Since Horace wittingly assumed the heritage of Aeolic lyric poetry, we may question
ourselves whether the importance of music and its explicit link with the poetic word in his lyrics are simply a literary convention or the evidence of a performative need and an even deeper connection between word and music. Most likely there is no answer to this question: however, we may detect traces of a deeply rooted sensitivity of the poet towards the musical (and, more generally, sonorous) world. We may find an important declaration when he talks about tragical writing in the Letter to the Pisones: the Ars Poetica, a fundamental text for Western culture, talks explicitly of the marriage of word and music, with a brief organological and (we may say) sociological excursus. The question of the audience and its reception is substantial: music and poetry, united under the modus, become the fundamental parts of a desired proposal of a literary as well as civic education. [p. 41]

Notes

Music in the Roman Empire contains the Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of MOISA, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage, Cremona, Aula Magna, Facoltà di Musicologia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, 30-31 ottobre 2008.

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