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The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy

2-4 juin 2016, Venise

A University of Warwick Conference
held at Warwick's Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice
in collaboration with the
Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group
CFP Deadline: 15 Dec. 2015

In modern Western culture, music is often defined as the art of feeling or the language of the soul. This conception of music has its origins in the musical humanism of the Renaissance, whose influence on musical thought was as enduring as it was widespread. Even though Renaissance humanism had no concrete link to the musical practice of antiquity, humanistic concerns were pivotal for the development of contemporary music and musical thought. Ancient and medieval stories about musical ethos, in particular about the power of music to move the passions, were of special interest to Renaissance scholars. This conference will investigate these Renaissance conceptions of the connection between music and mind, their origins, and how they were ultimately developed into our modern notion of music as an expressive art. In particular, it will probe how Latin translations of ancient Greek musical sources and vernacular translations of these Latin texts promoted a new kind of musical humanism. In light of recently published work on the topic, it will examine the influence of Marsilio Ficino, whose translations and commentaries of Plato and of Neoplatonic literature shaped and conditioned many sixteenth and seventeenth-century theories about musical ethos throughout Europe. Moreover, the conference will examine how a renewed interest in Aristotelian poetics advanced the notion that by means of imitation music could move human affections. In short, the conference will study how Renaissance musical humanists extended the accessibility of classical literature on music, reshaped the ways in which this literature was understood, and, ultimately, radically transformed classical conceptions of the power of music.

Please submit titles (along with an abstract of no more than 300 words) for 20-minute papers to the conference convener, Jacomien Prins (j.w.prins -at-, by 15 December 2015.

For further information, please visit:
56 rue de la Fédération
F - 93100 Montreuil
<a href="tel: 0606617341">06 06 61 73 41</a>

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