Book Series Epitome musical

Music in Schools from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age

Paola Dessì (ed)

  • Pages: 336 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:8 b/w, 72 col., 4 musical examples
  • Language(s):English, Italian
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59889-5
  • Paperback
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« Si cet ouvrage s'inscrit dans la continuité de travaux sur l'épistémologie de la musique, il permet assurément de retrouver du jeu. Ses douze études érudites, copieusement référencées, sont autant de points d'ouverture vers des conceptions peu familières d'une discipline généralement considérée comme circonscrite. » (Alexandre Cerveux in Sehepunkte, 22/7-8, 2022)



Paola Dessì is associate professor at the University of Padua, where she teaches History of Medieval and Renaissance Music and Music Historiography. Her research centres on Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance themes from historical and anthropological perspectives that conceptualise music as both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Her current research projects focus on musical instruments of Antiquity as cultural object (TeMA project 2020–) and music and travelers in the Modern Age (“Travel Diaries from Christopher Columbus to Charles Darwin”, Itineraria, 2021).


The contributors to this project — musicologists, historians, philosophers, art historians, and historians of philosophy — have been invited to participate in a multidisciplinary dialogue with respect to the position music has occupied in instructional and educational systems from medieval to modern times. Their essays are indicative of diverse disciplinary perspectives towards the subject and feature an array of innovative interpretations. On the whole, they neither claim the supremacy of music in the context of the various educational systems, nor do they focus on the artistic musical production that emerged as a consequence of the various educational approaches. Rather, this volume sketches the circulation and dissemination of ideas, images, and people, all related to the different paths and pedagogical practices that have characterised the teaching and learning of music in different locales and across history. It ultimately underscores the strategic role that music occupied within educational systems of all levels vis-à-vis other disciplines and, thus, it contributes to a better understanding of the role music education played in the formation of an educated citizenry — from children to adults, from “practicus” to “theoricus”, from men of arms to religious men, from the literate to politicians — bearing in mind the Isidorian definition that “musica ad omnia se extendit” (Etymologiae III, 17, 1).


Introduction. Docere and discere: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Music in Schools — PAOLA DESSÌ

At School for Governance: Paolino da Venezia and Music —  F. ALBERTO GALLO


La musica nel curriculum delle artes delle università italiane nel Quattrocento: fra teoria e prassi— PAOLO ROSSO

Transmission and Adaption of Musical Knowledge in 16th-Century German Universities: Professors, Students, and their Books — INGA MAI GROOTE

The Musical Training of University Students in the 16th Century and the libri amicorumPAOLA DESSÌ


Music between scientia and ars in Giacomo Zabarella — LETTERIO MAURO

Musica tra le pareti domestiche a Padova nei secoli XV e XVI: dagli ensemble di docenti universitari ai singoli strumenti di studenti e commercianti —  ELDA MARTELLOZZO FORIN

Ascolti comparati tra l’Alexandreis di Quilichino e la Trecentesca Istoria di Alessandro Magno di Domenico Scolari — DONATELLA RESTANI


Music Teaching in Montagnana: Organization, Methods, and Repertories — ALESSANDRA IGNESTI

Canto piano e strategie pedagogiche in Adrien Bourdoise — XAVIER BISARO †

Don Paolo Galliero e la scuola di grammatica e musica di Tribano (Padova) — DILVA PRINCIVALLI


Si dilettò in giovanezza della scherma e di sonare il liuto”. Painters-Musicians in Giorgio Vasari’s Lives — ALESSANDRA PATTANARO

La musica è diletta al cavallo”. Musical Paradigms in Equestrian Academies of the Renaissance — GAVINA CHERCHI



General Index

Index of Places

Index of Manuscripts