A University of Warwick Conference to be held at Warwick’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, 2-4 June 2016
organised by Jacomien Prins
in collaboration with the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group
Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, The Concert (ca 1570), Villa Caldogno, Veneto, Italy
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.
Contact: For any other queries, please contact the conference convener, Jacomien Prins, on the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR), University of Warwick, and the Humanities Research Centre (HRC), University of Warwick; The Royal Music Association (RMA).
A review of the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 2-4 June 2016 can be found here
A video of the first lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 3 June 2016 can be found here
A video of the second lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 4 June 2016 can be found here