Categories, Musical Instruments, and Drawings: A Unification Dream

  • Maria MannoneEmail author
  • Federico Favali
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11502)


The mathematical formalism of category theory allows to investigate musical structures at both low and high levels, performance practice (with musical gestures) and music analysis. Mathematical formalism can also be used to connect music with other disciplines such as visual arts. In our analysis, we extend former studies on category theory applied to musical gestures, including musical instruments and playing techniques. Some basic concepts of categories may help navigate within the complexity of several branches of contemporary music research, giving it a unitarian character. Such a ‘unification dream,’ that we can call ‘cARTegory theory,’ also includes metaphorical references to topos theory.


Category theory Gestural similarity Classifying toposes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and InformaticsUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.LuccaItaly

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