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Music 1649A/B Lecture Notes - Liberal Arts Education, Diophantine Equation, Quadrivium


Department
Music
Course Code
Music 1649A/B
Professor
Kevin Mooney

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September 6 Readings/Class Notes - Theory
The Seven Liberal Arts
- Queen Philosophy presiding over the seven liberal arts in the centre
Trivium:
Grammar
Dialectic (logic)
Rhetoric – language
- All have language in common
Quadrivium
Music (harmonies) – numerical relationship with time example: octaves,
frequency rates – one octave vibrates twice as much as the lower octave
Arithmetic
Geometry
Astronomy – space and time
All have in common a preoccupation with numbers
Transmission of the Classical Legacy
Boethius (480-524)
Early 6th century – de musica institutione
These types of music:
Most exalted to least exalted.
1. Musica mundana – music of the spheres
2. Musica humana – music of the mind-body relationship
3. Musica instrumentalis – actual sounding of music that instruments would
play
- no interest in musica instrumentalis, solely for the insights into the higher
music and cosmos