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Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639) e la Musica

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Tommaso Campanella s conception of music has been influenced by Telesius and Ficinus. In Campanellas philosophy, sound-waves have physical effects and music or sounds in general are able to touch the human spirit. According to this explanation, music has mainly therapeutical aims. So, music can be used to get passions in the human spirit. In accordance with this theory, Campanella explains some practical effects of music in many of his works, but particularly in his De Sensu rerum et magia and his Theology. These two works represent two periods and stages of Campanellas philosophy, so it is interesting to analyze how he changed his opinion about music.

Keywords: De Sensu rerum et magia; music; Tommaso Campanella

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