Vincenzo Galilei: The Renaissance Dialogue between Music and Science

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October 6, 2022 to October 7, 2022
Subject Fields: 
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Music and Music History, Italian History / Studies, Composition & Rhetoric, Intellectual History

Vincenzo Galilei: The Renaissance Dialogue between Music and Science

Thursday, October 6, 2022 (All day) to Friday, October 7, 2022 (All day)


I Tatti / Zoom (Oct 6 & 7)

This first-ever international conference dedicated to Vincenzo Galilei (1520 c. - 1591) marks 500 years since his birth. A true Renaissance person in his own right, the importance of his work goes well beyond his role as Galileo’s father. As a highly respected theoretician and practitioner of music, his life and writings left a significant legacy to the worlds of music, science, and beyond. Organized jointly by I Tatti and the Museo Galileo, this international conference brings together scholars from different disciplines – including musicology, history of science, history of philosophy, art history, and philosophy of music – with the aim of offering a multidisciplinary reading of Vincenzo Galilei's work. Presentations will examine the relevance of Vincenzo’s writings not only among musicians, but also in philosophical and mathematical debates over the definition of a new tuning system and the rebirth of ancient music. How he influenced the rethinking of traditional aesthetic and philosophical categories, and how he influenced his son Galileo’s research, will also be explored. Over two days, scholars will compare manuscripts, musical scores, portraits, musical treatises, and philosophical writings, presenting both research in progress and new lines of inquiry.


Organized by Natacha Fabbri (Museo Galileo) and Ferdinando Abbri (Università degli Studi di Siena), hosted by I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in conjunction with Museo Galileo, Firenze

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