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Both from the Ears and Mind: Thinking about Music in Early Modern England

Linda Phyllis Austern


This interdisciplinary study shows the extent to which literate sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English people considered music beyond its heard and performed aspects. It explains the remarkable range of ways in which they wrote about music and understood it to inform other endeavors, and how musical ideas were connected to other trends during an era marked by intellectual change. Music was considered both art and science, had a long-established place in many human enterprises, and inhabited the fluid conceptual space between abstraction and concretion. Music and musical terminology thus en ... More

Keywords: classical tradition, epistemologies of music, history of learning and scholarship, music as a liberal art, musical discourse, musical ontology, philosophy of music, Shakespeare’s musical knowledge, Tudor music, Stuart music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226701592
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226704678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Phyllis Austern, author
Northwestern University