Music develops and appears as we allow numbers to acquire a dynamical aspect and create, through their growth, the various keys that permit the richness of the musical texture. This idea was simply adumbrated in Plato’s work, but its importance to his philosophical worldview cannot be underestimated. In this paper we begin by discussing what is probably the first written record of an attempt to create a good temperament and then follow the Pythagoreans approach, whose problems forced musicians, over the next several centuries up to the Renaissance and early modern times, to come up with many different variations.
G. Gentili, L. Simonutti, and D.C. Struppa, “Music: Numbers in Motion”, RTH - Research Trends in Humanities. Education & Philosophy, 10 (2023): pp. 54-70. https://doi.org/10.6093/2284-0184/9785
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This article was originally published in RTH - Research Trends in Humanities. Education & Philosophy, volume 10, in 2023. https://doi.org/10.6093/2284-0184/9785