Please add some pithy comments on the readings for Wednesday. Please post them by Tuesday night.
Here are some questions to consider: Would you call what Boethius is describing as music? How does out-of-tune singing fit in with this system? How might Boethian music have a relationship to the divine? Do Martianus’ numerological observations make any sense? Do they live on today? How does the story of Pythagoras and the blacksmith fit with Boethius’ ideas about theory and observation? Do you sense more Aristotle or Plato? Do you remember learning the basics of music? Did you learn those basics before or after numbers? Why is it that the major scale (and the minor scale for that matter) is not an octave split up into equal parts? Who among you like to relax to Schoenberg? Feel free to play with the virtual monochord and piano (links on the syllabus page) and make some observations relevant to the readings.