Quantifying Music

The Science of Music at the First Stage of Scientific Revolution 1580–1650

  • H. F. Cohen

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 1-12
  3. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 13-74
  4. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 75-114
  5. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 115-179
  6. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 180-204
  7. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 205-230
  8. H. F. Cohen
    Pages 231-259
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 260-308

About this book


The soul rejoices in perceiving harmonious sound; when the sound is not harmonious it is grieved. From these affects of the soul are derived the name of consonances for the harmonic proportions, and the name of dissonances for the unharmonic proportions. When to this is added the other harmonie proportion whieh consists of the longer or shorter duration of musical sound, then the soul stirs the body to jumping dance, the tongue to inspired speech, according to the same laws. The artisans accommodate to these harmonies the blows of their hammers, the soldiers their pace. As long as the harmonies endure, everything is alive; everything stiffens, when they are disturbed.! Thus the German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, evokes the power of music. Where does this power come from? What properties of music enable it to stir up emotions which may go far beyond just feeling generally pleased, and which may express themselves, for instance, in weeping; in laughing; in trembling over the whole body; in a marked acceleration of breathing and heartbeat; in participating in the rhythm with the head, the hands, the arms, and the feet? From the beginning of musical theory the answer to this question has been sought in two different directions.


Johannes Kepler music scientific revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • H. F. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social History of Science and TechnologyTechnical University TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8388-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7686-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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