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Vincenzo Galilei, the father of the astronomer Galileo, was a guiding light of the Florentine Camerata. His Dialogue on Ancient and Modern Music, published in 1581 or 1582 and now translated into English for the first time, was among the most influential music treatises of his era. Galilei is best known for his rejection of modern polyphonic music in favor of Greek monophonic song. The treatise sheds new light on his importance, both as a musician who advocated a new philosophy of music history and theory based on an objective search for the truth, and as an experimental scientist who was one of the founders of modern acoustics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300090451
ISBN-10: 0300090455
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Vincenzo Galilei

The late Claude V. Palisca was Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music at Yale University.