Music & Science: Partners since Pythagoras

Music & Science: Partners since Pythagoras

Did you see the current display at the Music Library? Musicæ Scienciæ: Partners since Pythagoras is our library’s contribution to Science Week, a city-wide initiative that featured public lectures, presentations, and demonstrations designed to draw attention to the role science plays in our daily lives. Our exhibition highlights the fundamental connection between music and science that has existed for close to three millennia, and how science continues to shape the sounds we hear. We unlocked the vault, raided our Rare Book room and dusted off some original treasures for you to see first-hand, including two of Gioseffo Zarlino’s treatises from the 1500s, early 18th-century German theoretical works by Mattheson, Kirnberger, and Werckmeister, a stunning facsimile reprint of J.S. Bach’s Das wohltemperirte Clavier manuscript with its 48 preludes and fugues, and the boundary-pushing work of two avant garde Canadians, Hugh Le Caine and Udo Kasemets. Come check it out!