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Gioseffo Zarlino

Subject: Music

(1517–90). Composer and important music theorist. He worked first in his native Chioggia and from 1541 in Venice. His major treatise, Le istituzioni armoniche (1558), re-examines ...

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The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science

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Science and technology, History of Science
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...of musical instruments, especially the vibration of strings, increasingly became the subject of philosophical enquiry. In his Istitutioni harmoniche ( 1558 ), the Venetian composer and music theorist Gioseffo Zarlino presented a new theory of consonance, which he claimed had been tested experimentally. The lutenist Vincenzio Galilei disputed Zarlino's scenario, and in the process became the first person to check the results of Pythagoras's legendary experiments with hammers, strings, and other sounding bodies. He proved that most of them were wrong. ...