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The elements of harmony of Aristoxenus of Tarentum: introductory study and translation of Book I

Grant number: 16/20462-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Languages
Principal researcher:Paula da Cunha Corrêa
Grantee:Nataly Ianicelli Cruzeiro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The musical language was largely spread in Ancient Greece since the epic poetry until the systematization in many philosophical treatises after the Pre-Socratic period. Among them, the Elements of Harmony by the peripatetic philosopher Aristoxenus of Tarentum (IV BCE) is distinguished. The work is divided into three books and It is notable for many reasons, such as their musical acuity, the inclusion of new paradigms in the harmonic theory and by the critical dialogue with earlier studies on music, which were guided specially by the Pythagoreanism. Therefore, this work aims to accomplish a translation to Portuguese of Book I and an introductory study about the treatise's methodology and the harmonic theory uphold by Aristoxenus. (AU)

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