The Music of Pulse in the Writings of Italian Academic Physicians (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries)

@article{Siraisi1975TheMO,
  title={The Music of Pulse in the Writings of Italian Academic Physicians (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries)},
  author={N. Siraisi},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={1975},
  volume={50},
  pages={689 - 710}
}
IT is well known that the belief that music is inherent in the beating of the pulse was widely held throughout the Middle Ages. Numerous brief but explicit statements of this belief, and of the associated ideas that music is present in other bodily rhythms and or in the virtues and humors can be culled from the writings on music of music theorists and encyclopedists.1 For such writers, the idea of the musicality of pulse was, of course, one specific expression of the more general notion that… Expand
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