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MU1710 Nov 7

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Music 1710F/G
Cameron Johnston

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November 7 Readings/Class Notes – History The Middle Ages What were the aesthetic and cultural ideals of music and music making in the middle ages? Dahlhaus “History and aesthetics exist in a reciprocal relation to one another. The aesthetic premises that might sustain the writing of music history are themselves historical.” How is Medieval culture different than other periods of time? Medieval era happens around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. Fall of the Roman Empire: 476 CE End of Hundred Years' War/Fall of Constantinople: 1453 CE - Hundred Years' War - end Stereotypes of the Middle Ages – Medieval music – The wandering minstrel – Allan-A-Dale – Robin Hood's minstrel, “Merry Man” “The Renaissance invented the Middle Ages in order to define itself; the Enlightenment perpetuated them in order to admire itself; and the Romantics revived them in order to escape from themselves. In their widest ramifications ‘The Middle Ages’ thus constitute one of the most prevalent cultural myths of the modern world.” (Source: Brian Stock, Listening for the Text: On the Uses of the Past [Philadelphia: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990], 69) Boethius (c.480-524/5) Philosopher Author of De institutione musica – Primarily examines music as a divine/mathematical concept (much like Pythagoras) Musica mundana (music of the spheres) Musica humana (music of the bodily humours) – mathematical relationships your body has Musica instrumentalis (music that we hear) – Also examines the role of music makers and critics in society (much like Aristotle) From On the consolations of philosophy: “whilst imagination is given to such brutes as are capable of motion, and seem naturally to desire some things, and avoid others: but Reason is the attribute of man alone, as Intelligence is that of God.” (Source: Boethius, On the consolations of philosophy, translated by Philip Ridpath [1785], p. 212) – Tension between relationship between logic and reasoning, and higher power – Music mediates b/w these worlds. Synthesis of these ideas. Music is an art,
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