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Giovambattista della Porta e l'efficacia terapeutica della musica

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Giovambattista della Porta analyses the powers of music on the body and soul of listeners in Magia Naturalis XX 7. This chapter focuses on the search of the relationship between music and medicine in Della Portas philosophical and medical thought. Since sound depends on the material of musical instruments, namely strings, woods and skins, Della Porta conceives music as able to produce its influence on the body and soul of people and patients. In fact, musical instruments material is the same used by physicians in their pharmaceutical remedies, though in animal, herbal and mineral forms. Thus, it is possible to read Della Portas theory of the medical power of sounds in the light of the Renaissance debate about the therapeutic use of music in medicine.

Keywords: Giovambattista Della Porta; Magia Naturalis; music



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