Musurgia universalis sive ars magna consoni et dissoni in. X. libros digesta. Romae: Ex typographia Haeredum Francisci. Corbelletti, Kircher, Athanasius. 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. We have selected the printing of Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis, printed in two volumes and illustrated with over 30 leaves of.

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InUniverxalis 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. Musurgia universalis, one of the really universalsi works of music theory, was drawn upon by almost every later German music theorist until well into the 18th century His syncretic approach disregarded the boundaries between disciplines which are now conventional: The present copy is complete and has good margins throughout.

He also examines the phenomena of echoes in rooms with domes of different shapes including the muffling effect of an elliptical dome from Heidelberg. Highlight from the stacks: Specula Melitensis encyclica, hoc est syntagma novum instrumentorum physico- mathematicorum. It was a work of encyclopedic breadth, combining material of unequal quality, from universalls cartography to mythical elements, such as a study of dragons.

Infor example, mushrgia than Jesuits came to Rome from all over the world to elect a new Superior General: Athanasius KircherS. In Kircher’s system, ideograms were inferior to hieroglyphs because they referred to specific ideas rather than to mysterious unibersalis of ideas, while the signs of the Maya and Aztecs were yet lower pictograms which referred only to objects. Historian Anthony Grafton has kircer that “the staggeringly strange dark continent of Kircher’s work [is] the setting for a Borges story that was never written”, while Umberto Eco has written about Kircher in his novel The Island of the Day Beforeas well as in his non-fiction works The Search for the Perfect Language and Serendipities.


Music or Animal Abuse? St Andrews copy r17f ML Perhaps most strangely of all, apart from a nineteenth century translation of the work into German, there are no translations of the book, which is written in rather ponderous Latin with occasional excursions into Greek and Hebrew.

Others sent him chocolate and other presents to keep his interest in them from flagging. Priest, scholar and scientist [1]. Although he was apparently not a practising musician he oircher able to identify the best music composed and performed in his own and earlier times. Notify me of new comments via email. 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”.

University of Chicago Library. Retrieved from ” https: In his Polygraphia novaKircher proposed an artificial universal language. Whenever possible we try to attribute content images, videos, and quotes to their creators and original sources.

Athanasius Kircher SJ – ‘Musurgia Universalis’, – SOCKS

Kircher took a notably modern approach to the study of diseasesas early as using a microscope to investigate the blood of plague victims. Its most famous image is probably that of the birds with their songs written out in musical notation beside their pictures. Between andKircher published four volumes of “translations” of hieroglyphs in the context of his Coptic studies. Kircher was also puzzled by fossils.

The quater-centenary of the birth of the Jesuit polymath, Father Athanasius Kircherseemed an appropriate moment to examine one of the most famous volumes of his works in Special Collections – the Musurgia Universalis published in two volumes in Rome in This type of sound and space theory was of keen interest to him, and led to his Phonurgia nova published in The muse on the right may be Polymnia who appears in standard pose surrounded by musical instruments of various kinds.


The Athanasius Kircher Correspondence Projectbetween the Universities of Stanford and Milan, shows us something of the quality and variety of Kircher’s eight hundred-plus regular correspondents: Volumes I and II The work is widely considered to have been a great success, with Kircher’s wide-ranging and insightful scholarship. Return to main Special Collections Exhibition Page. This book is a case in point.

Athanasius Kircher SJ – ‘Musurgia Universalis’, 1650

He published over 40 works during his life in widely varying fields such as medicine, optics, geology, natural philosophy and music.

Musurgia Universalis is a combination of a scholarly study of the history of music and musical instruments and an attempt at a scientific explanation of musical harmony and sound theory.

Retrieved June 4, The last of these would have driven spikes into the tails of cats, which would yowl to specified pitchesalthough Kircher is not known to have actually constructed the instrument. The illustration below depicts a piazza-listening device: He studied philosophy and theology at Paderborn[3] but fled to Cologne in to escape advancing Protestant forces.

The panel below bears a legend which translates as: Other machines designed by Kircher include an aeolian harpautomatons such as a statue which spoke and listened via a speaking tubea perpetual motion machineand a Katzenklavier “cat piano”.

He was taught Hebrew by a rabbi [7] in addition to his studies at school. EgyptologyEgyptian hieroglyphicsand Egyptian language. New York, Riverhead,p xiv.