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The harmony of the spheres in English musical mathematics, 1650-1750

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The seventeenth century was the period when some attempted to replace the 'sounding number' with the 'sounding body', in Paolo Gozza's apt formulation: to use mechanics and experiment to replace numerology in accounting for the role of small whole numbers and their ratios in musical tuning theory. Others abandoned altogether the exclusive reliance on whole-numbered ratios in the description of musical sound. As Vanhaelen and Prins argue, different models of the music of the spheres existed co...

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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History Faculty
Oxford college:
All Souls College
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Warwick Studies in the Humanities
Host title:
Sing Aloud Harmonious Spheres: Renaissance Conceptions of Cosmic Harmony
Chapter number:
12
Place of publication:
New York
Publication date:
2017-09-07
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9781315161037
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English
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826151
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2021-02-06

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