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Musica Mathematica

Traditions and Innovations in Contemporary Music

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Rima Povilionienė

The concept of «musica mathematica» seeks to accurately examine the intersection of two seemingly radically different subject areas. From the perspective of a European perception, the definition of the science of music was a result of the Pythagorean concept of universal harmony. The Pythagoreans were the first in European culture to raise the issue of uniting music and mathematics, sound and number.

In the three parts of the monograph, versatile cases of the intersection of music and mathematics are displayed, moving from philosophical and aesthetic considerations about mathesis to practical studies, discussing the interaction between music and other kinds of art (architecture, painting, poetry and literature), and providing a practical research of contemporary music compositions.

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List of Analyzed Music Scores

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JOHN ADAMS. China Gates

JOHN ADAMS. Short Ride in a Fast Machine

DEREK BOURGEOIS. Organ Symphony, Op. 48

JOHN CAGE. First Construction

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