Harmony and the Music of the Spheres

The Ars Musica in Ninth-Century Commentaries on Martianus Capella


In the ninth century, Martianus Capella's De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, a late-antique encyclopedia of ancient learning on the seven Liberal Arts, was read with scrupulous vigour by the intellectual elite. Carolingian scholars produced a wealth of commentaries and glosses, which survived hidden in the margins of a remarkably large number of manuscripts.
In the first part of the book, the manuscript tradition of the oldest commentary is taken under scrutiny, and the Carolingian reception of ancient knowledge on the subject of music is opened up and analyzed. Its relevance for the formation of a new, medieval music theory is evaluated.
In the second part, the relevant parts of the oldest commentary are edited on the basis of eight ninth-century manuscripts.

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Mariken Teeuwen, Ph.D. (2000), Utrecht University, is Researcher at the Constantijn Huygens Institute (subsidiary of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), where she is working on a study concerning the Latin vocabulary of medieval intellectual life.

I. Introduction
II. Poetic Singers in the Book of Jeremiah: The Prophet (Rendering the City as Female) and the City’s Female Poet
III. Lamentions 1
IV. Lamentions 2
V. Lamentions 3-5
VI. Conclusion

Index of Topics and Authors
Index of Text Refernces

Those interested in the intellectual history of the Carolingian period, the history of the reception of ancient learning in the Middle Ages, scholars in the field of medieval music theory and medieval Latin.
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