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5 Man’s Nostalgia for a Lost Musical Paradise

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Francesco Patrizi's new natural philosophical attitudes also influenced his enquiry into the nature of music and aesthetics. With Ficino as the perfect example of an all-round musicus in mind, Patrizi follows his way of building bridges between music theory and practice. This chapter investigates how his interpretation of musica mundana in the field of music aesthetics is determined by its terrestrial imitation, and how his efforts to bridge world harmony and earthly music reflect great changes in the general position of music theory. As Palisca and many others have shown, in the sixteenth century there was a fruitful dialogue between theorists, composers, and performers, in which Patrizi as an active member of several late sixteenth-century Italian academies played an active role. Patrizi's ideas on music influenced the course of the history of music in general and the doctrine of the harmony of the spheres in particular.

Keywords: Francesco Patrizi; Italian academies; music theory; musica mundana



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