Donatella Restani

Donatella Restani
University of Bologna | UNIBO · Department of Cultural Heritage DBC

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Music is an exclusive feature of humankind. It can be considered as a form of universal communication, only partly comparable to the vocalizations of songbirds. Many trends of research in this field try to address music origins, as well as the genetic bases of musicality. On one hand, several hypotheses have been made on the evolution of music and...
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The transmission of musical heritage from the ancient world to the medieval and early modern West was part of a broad process in which antiquity was preserved, revised, altered and revived. This process, spanning more than ten centuries from Late Antiquity or Early Middle Ages to the time of the Scientific Revolution, was crucial for the cultural l...
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This chapter consists of three examples of sound and music tales in Alexander’s life as transmitted in Italian medieval literature, and a coda pertaining to the early modern era. It deals with the Italian segment of Alexander’s musical legacy in medieval European literature, elaborated from vulgarisations and adaptations of the so-called Alexander...
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At the beginning of Boethius’ De institutione musica, musica humana is defined as a coaptatio , a well ordered relationship between body and soul and between the parts of the body and the parts of the soul. Boethius promised to expand the topic later, but he never returned to it. As a consequence Medieval and Renaissance music theorists gave it dif...
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On 3 March 1585 Sophocle’s Oedipus Tyrannus was staged at Vicenza on the opening night of the Olympic Theatre. Orsatto Giustiniani translated the tragedy into Italian and Andrea Gabrieli composed the music for the choruses. Individual parts were published in 1588 (Venezia, Angelo Gardano), but other interesting material regarding Oedipus’s choruses...
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The historical geography of the 15 th and 16 th centuries' reception of the ancient Greek musical knowledge is an outstanding and not yet completely developed theme of research of the contemporary musical historiography. Rome was one the main centres of this cultural phenomenon, which concerned the Plutarchean De musica too. This paper deals with t...
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The present paper aims at investigating the idea of musica humana, the explanation of which is announced by Boethius at the beginning of his De institutione musica, even if he never harks back on it in the remaining part of that treatise. Starting from a study of the preliminary remarks of such a concept in previous treatises and going on with an e...

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