Athanasius Kircher, S.J. was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 .. The Musurgia Universalis () sets out Kircher’s views on music: he believed that the harmony of music reflected the proportions of the. Musurgia universalis sive ars magna consoni et dissoni in. X. libros digesta. Romae: Ex typographia Haeredum Francisci. Corbelletti, Kircher, Athanasius. German born, Jesuit trained, Athanasius Kircher () survived the varied contemporary musical standing was his Musurgia universalis sire ars magna.

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Perhaps Kircher’s best-known work today is his Oedipus Aegyptiacus —54a vast study of Egyptology and comparative religion. The plate above, meanwhile, is from the section discussing Hebrew atjanasius. Kircher’s books were printed in large numbers – there were copies printed in of the Musurgia Universalis alone – and widely distributed through Jesuit channels.

Kircher stressed that exhibitors should take great care to inform spectators that such images were purely naturalistic, and not magical in origin. The last known example of Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from ADafter which all knowledge of hieroglyphics was lost. Boston College Magazine Spring feature.

This seminal works of musicology in two volumes seem to have been hugely influential on the works of J. Id est, nova et parallela Latii tum veteris tum novi descriptio He also advocated the theory of spontaneous generation. Whenever possible we try to attribute content images, videos, and quotes to their creators and original sources.


A closer inspection of the cylinder shows how it works – the perforations allowing poles to slip through, hence opening the pipe above. Rameau and Beethoven may well have been influenced by this picture which still appears in musical textbooks used in the United Kingdom for year-olds.

Kircher took a notably modern approach to the study of diseasesas early as using a microscope to investigate the blood of plague victims. His works, illustrated to his orders, were extremely popular, and he was the first scientist to be able to support himself through the sale of his books. Post a Comment Comments are all moderated so don’t waste your time spamming: Organum mathematicum contributor, edited and published by Gaspar Schott.

InKircher published Ars Magna Lucis et Umbraeon the subject of the display of images on a screen using an apparatus similar to the magic lantern as developed by Christiaan Huygens and others.

It was a work of encyclopedic breadth, combining material of unequal quality, from accurate cartography to mythical elements, such as a study of dragons.

Musurgia Universalis is an exhaustive compendium of musical knowledge at the transition point between sacred renaissance polyphony and secular Baroque music. Towards the end of Kircher’s life however, his stock fell, as the rationalist Cartesian approach began to dominate Descartes himself described Kircher as “more quacksalver than savant”.

Kircher Musurgia Universalis

Volume OneVolume Two. Many surviving compositions by Frescobaldi, Froberger and other baroque masters are due to Kircher’s extensive transcriptions and reproductions of scores in Musurgia. He attended the Jesuit College in Fulda from towhen he entered the novitiate of the Society.


Please feel free to write us if you notice misattributions or wish something to be removed. Its author lived and worked at the Collegio Romano in Rome for most of his life and his position mmusurgia the hub of a huge international organisation – the 40, or so strong Society of Jesus – had two very important effects: Part of the Library and University Services.

Posted by peacay at 9: InKircher discovered the ruins of a church said to have been constructed by Constantine on the site of Saint Eustace ‘s vision of Jesus Christ in a stag’s horns. In Phonurgia Nova Kircher considered the possibilities of transmitting music to remote places. Others sent him chocolate and other presents to keep his interest in them from flagging.

His books, written in Latinkirdher widely circulated in the 17th century, and they contributed to the dissemination of scientific information to a broader circle of readers. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honored with the title “Master of a Hundred Arts”. Athanasius Kircher in Bibliodissey. Cani Dogsby Giacomo Nanni. Wholly concur — wonderfully informative series.

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