La musica del dictamen. A proposito della percezione dell’ars dictaminis come tecnica musicale nell’Italia del Duecento (c. 1220-c. 1330)

Autore: Benoît Grévin
In: I libri di Viella. 128

The history of the relationships between rhetoric and music remains in part still to be written for the late Middle Ages. If music historians have investigated the autonomization of a musical theory starting from linguistic bases, the study of the Ars dictaminis demonstrates that in the thirteenth century, the thought, use, and ideology of dictamen were strongly conditioned by a perception of rhetoric as a musical art. The study of the theoretical explanations and of notarial practice suggests two possible approaches: the thought and practice of rhythmic ornamentation; the representation of dictamen as the music of notarial self-presentation.