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Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos

Andrew Hicks


This book charts one constellation of musical metaphors, analogies, and expressive modalities embedded within late ancient and medieval cosmological discourse: that of a cosmos animated and choreographed according to a specifically musical aesthetic. It offers a new intellectual history of the role of harmony in medieval cosmology and affirms music theory’s foundational and often normative role within the articulation and development of medieval cosmological models. Offering a counternarrative to the dominant conception of a Weberian “disenchantment,” which regards the harmonious, numerically ... More

Keywords: Boethius, Calcidius, Macrobius, Martianus Capella, Plato, Pythagoreanism, Timaeus, history of music theory, medieval cosmology, music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190658205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hicks, author
Assistant Professor of Music and Medieval Studies, Cornell University