National Conference on Undergraduate Research
La Crosse, WI
The idea of musica mundana does not seem to hold a high place in musicians’ or philosophers’ imaginations as it once did. This is a topic that is only briefly mentioned in music history classes around the world and is generally viewed as a myth with no relevance to modern musicians. I would like to present the argument that musica mundana should be understood as a serious undertaking to explain the order of the universe in the medieval and renaissance periods and has important implications of how we understand the music in the past and present times. To do this we will look at the mindset of the medieval and renaissance periods, the history of musica mundana, and its importance to contemporary musicians.
Carmichael, Amy, "The Not So Silent Planets: The Medieval and Renaissance Concept of Musica Mundana" (2013). Music and Worship Student Presentations. 13.
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