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4.1 Where is the music?

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But did Tolomei miss something in his project — such as music? Since Vitruvius, all authors writing on architectural theory had mentioned music. From antiquity through roughly 1600, the ars musica was primarily understood as the theory of (mathematical) proportions, and audible music as only one of its manifestations. Because proportion is obviously of great importance to any kind of architecture, but especially to that of the ancient classical Greek and Roman cultures, one would expect to see a book on «music» as the theory of proportion among those listed by Tolomei. Why then is there no plan for a book on ancient music theory in Tolomei’s list? For instance, the third earliest edition of Vitruvius from 1497 contained not only an introduction to the Greek theory of harmony (then thought to be by a certain «Cleonides») but also Frontinus’s text on aqueducts = [Vitruvius / Valla 1497].

One possible answer to this question could be the fact that such a book on music theory would not have been needed at all, because the contemporary music theory of Tolomei’s time was still largely based on the ancient Greek and Roman examples and derived largely from Boëthius. Thus whoever wanted to know more about the theory of proportion and music in general would have had several books by contemporary theoreticians available at hand around 1550.16