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Heinrich Glarean's Books


  • 34 b/w illus. 7 tables
  • Page extent: 398 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.88 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 781.09494
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: ML423.G58 H45 2013
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Glareanus, Henricus,--1488-1563
    • Music theorists--Switzerland--Biography
    • Humanists--Switzerland--Biography
    • Early printed books--16th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9781107022690)

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This collection of essays investigates the work of Heinrich Glarean, one of the most influential humanists and music theorists of the sixteenth century. For the first time, Glarean's musical writings, including his masterwork the Dodekachordon, are considered in the wider context of his work in a variety of disciplines such as musicology, history, theology and geography. Contributors reference books from Glarean's private library, including rare and previously unseen material, to explore his strategies and impact as a humanist author and university teacher. The book also uses other newly discovered source material such as course notes written by students and Glarean's preparations for his own lectures to offer a fascinating picture of his reactions to contemporary debates. Providing a detailed analysis of Glarean's library as reconstructed from the surviving copies, Heinrich Glarean's Books offers new and exciting perspectives on the multidisciplinary work of an accomplished intellectual.

• Reconsiders Glarean's profile as music theorist against a comprehensive picture of his intellectual activities, offering the first seriously interdisciplinary approach to his person and work • Explores the intellectual contexts of Glarean's music theory and proposes a reading of music theory as part of general intellectual history • Provides in-depth studies of Glarean's working methods, based on the reconstruction of his library and detailed analyses of annotated books


1. Heinrich Glarean's world Iain Fenlon and Inga Mai Groote; 2. Theory of music and philosophy of life: the Dodekachordon and the Counter-Reformation Laurenz Lütteken; 3. Mitto ad te meos de musica labores: Glarean's Dodekachordon and the politics of dedication Bernhard Kölbl; 4. Sympathies with Luther, preference for the Roman Church. Glarean's annotations as a mirror of his intellectual development Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer; 5. Glarean's Bible Max Engammare; 6. Henrici Glareani Concio de coena domini: Glarean as theologian Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer; 7. Between the human and the divine: Glareanus's De geographia and the span of Renaissance geography Christine R. Johnson; 8. Roman weights and measurements in Glarean's De asse et partibus eius Menso Folkerts; 9. A Dorio ad Phrygium: a case-study of intertextual relations Andrea Horz; 10. Studying music and arithmetic with Glarean: contextualising the Epitome and Annotationes among the sources for Glarean's teaching Inga Mai Groote; 11. Glarean's didactic approach to Horace and his critical review of ancient and modern commentaries Claudia Wiener; 12. Chronologia est unica historiae lux: how Glarean studied and taught the chronology of the ancient world Anthony Grafton and Urs B. Leu; 13. Evidence for Glarean's music lectures from his students' books: congruent annotations in the Epitome and the Dodekachordon Inga Mai Groote, Bernhard Kölbl and Susan Forscher Weiss; 14. Heinrich Glarean's books Iain Fenlon and Inga Mai Groote; Appendices: 1. Catalogue of Glarean's works; 2. Henrici Glareani concio de coena domini; 3. Glareani in Musices suae epitome annotationes.


Iain Fenlon, Inga Mai Groote, Laurenz Lütteken, Bernhard Kölbl, Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer, Max Engammare, Christine R. Johnson, Menso Folkerts, Andrea Horz, Claudia Wiener, Anthony Grafton, Urs B. Leu, Susan Forscher Weiss

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