27 Feb

Opening Page

Great art picks up where nature ends.”  – Marc Chagall

The frontpiece of ‘Musurgia Universalis’ by Athanasius Kircher.

Musurgia Universalis is an exhaustive compendium of musical knowledge at the transition point between sacred renaissance polyphony and secular Baroque music. Much of Musurgia is dedicated to a survey of contemporary music, including the first published mention of the baroque ‘doctrine of the affections’ in which music is ideally analogous to human emotions. Many surviving compositions by Frescobaldi, Froberger and other baroque masters are due to Kircher’s extensive transcriptions and reproductions of scores in Musurgia.

 

 

 

 

 

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