Musurgia universalis sive ars magna consoni et dissoni in. X. libros digesta. Romae: Ex typographia Haeredum Francisci. Corbelletti, Kircher, Athanasius. Athanasius Kircher, S.J. was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 .. The Musurgia Universalis () sets out Kircher’s views on music: he believed that the harmony of music reflected the proportions of the. We have selected the printing of Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis, printed in two volumes and illustrated with over 30 leaves of.

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The triangle at the top is the symbol of the Holy Trinity and sheds its rays over the whole of kirxher top of the picture. Kircher had kircger early interest in Chinatelling his superior in that he wished to become a missionary to that country.

This is a wonderful illustration of the hydraulic organ’s mechanism; it is shown driving several automata simultaneously, like the Pythagorean blacksmiths on the left and the creatures dancing round the skeleton on the right.

He also advocated the theory of spontaneous generation. From a humanistic as well as an intellectual point of view Egyptology may very well be proud of having Kircher as its founder. His geological and geographical investigations culminated in his Mundus Subterraneus ofin which he suggested that the tides were caused by water moving to and from a subterranean ocean. From his birthplace he took the epithets Bucho, Buchonius and Fuldensis which he sometimes added to his name.

In Musurgia UniversalisKircher applies his scientific method to almost every aspect of music and noise. Other items of interest Other copies of the edition of the Musurgia Universalis: Although Kircher’s approach to deciphering texts was based on a fundamental misconception, some modern commentators have described Kircher as the pioneer of the serious study of hieroglyphs.


Athanasius Kircher – Wikipedia

Latin edition pages with illustrations only ; La ChineFrench, ; Modern English univversalis. The quater-centenary of the birth of the Jesuit polymath, Father Athanasius Kircherseemed an appropriate moment to examine one of the most famous volumes of his works in Special Collections – the Musurgia Universalis published in two volumes in Rome in His methods and diagrams are discussed in Ars Magna Sciendi, sive Combinatoria Kircher’s model disproved the hypothesis, showing that the motion could be produced by a water clock in the base of the device.

One writer attributes his rediscovery to the similarities between his eclectic approach and postmodernism. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Wholly concur — wonderfully informative series. One illustration shows the differences between the ears of humans and other animals.

Under the Trinity we find the nine angelic, four-voice choirs, singing a part canon by Romano Micheli. The names of the notes are clearly visible. One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscopeKircher was ahead of his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism universslis in suggesting effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The youngest of nine children, Kircher studied volcanoes owing to his passion for rocks and eruptions.

The illustration below depicts a piazza-listening device: Rameau and Beethoven may well have been influenced by this picture which still appears in musical textbooks used in the United Kingdom for year-olds.

There is no bookplate or marks of provenance, and very little sign of usage.

He ascribed large bones to giant races of humans. Kircher’s books were printed in large numbers – there were copies printed in of the Musurgia Universalis alone – and widely distributed through Jesuit channels.

Kircher’s ‘Musurgia Universalis’

His books, written in Latinwere widely circulated in the 17th century, and they contributed to the dissemination of scientific information to a broader circle of readers. Log in to post an annotation.


Many writers pretended to have found the key to the hieroglyphics, and many more professed, with a shameless impudence which is hard to understand in these days, to kirchr the contents of the texts into a modern tongue. The book includes plans for constructing water-powered automatic organsnotations of birdsong and diagrams of musical instruments. This was followed by his assignment to Heiligenstadtwhere he taught mathematicsHebrew mmusurgia Syriacand produced a show of fireworks and moving scenery for the visiting Elector Archbishop of Mainzshowing early evidence of his interest in mechanical devices.

Each type of wand corresponded to a particular metrical unit e. Your email address will not be published. This seminal works of musicology in two volumes seem to have been hugely influential on the works of J.

Kircher Musurgia Universalis

The Musurgia Universalis sets out Kircher’s views on music: Much of the significance of his work arises from Kircher’s rational approach towards the demystification of projected images. The middle section is dominated by a globe of the World, on which is seated Musica, holding the lyre of Apollo and the panpipes of Marsyas. The second effect was the converse of this: The last known example of Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from ADafter which all knowledge of hieroglyphics was lost.

Much of Kircher’s contrapuntal doctrine derives from Zarlino, and in this and some other respects Musurgia universalis presents a kirccher of 16th- and 17th-century Italian and German compositional practices.

The data which he collected were later consulted by Champollion in his successful efforts to decode the script.