Article ID: CBB854514897

Music and Mathematics: A Case Study in the History of Science (2016)

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The Italian musical theorist and lutenist Vincenzo Galilei (1522?-1591), father of Galileo Galilei, held a life-long dispute with Gioseffo Zarlino (1517-1590), the famous theorist and capellmeister of San Marcos, in Venice. Daniel. P Walker and Claude V. Palisca - historians of science and music, respectively - thoroughly analyzed this dispute calling the attention to some quantitative aspects of music theory found in Galilei’s work. These scholars understood the dispute as mainly opposing experimentalism (Galilei) to speculative mathematical reasoning (Zarlino). In the present article we suggest an alternative interpretation for this dispute based on newly found manuscripts by Galilei, according to which the dispute had more to do with the ideas Galilei had of science in general and the role played by arithmetic, geometry and sound in music.

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Authors & Contributors
Bromberg, Carla
Bellissima, Fabio
Palisca, Claude V.
Sargolini, Federica
Berns, Jörg Jochen
Bockstaele, Paul P.
Journals
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Estudios Clásicos, Órgano de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Concepts
Music theory
Music
Mathematics
Harmony (music theory)
Arithmetic
Geometry
People
Galilei, Vincenzo
Zarlino, Gioseffo
Galilei, Galileo
Descartes, René
Romanus, Adrianus
Raffael
Places
Italy
Greece
United States
Europe
Turin (Italy)
China
Times
16th century
Renaissance
17th century
15th century
Early modern
Ancient
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