MAIER ATALANTA FUGIENS PDF

Atalanta fugiens Atalanta fugiens Since , Les Canards Chantants has been part of an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars to study the alchemical musical treatise by Michael Maier, Atalanta fugiens. The book is a fascinating seventeenth-century example of a multi-media work, containing prose, poetry, imagery and music. The team of scholars includes early modern historians, mathematicians, philosophers, classicists, alchemists, rare book specialists, chemists, musicologists and performers. About the book and the music: Emblem 26, featuring an epigram about Sapientia lady wisdom and a canon at the double octave. Atalanta fugiens consists of fifty emblems. Maier uses the Greek myth of Atalanta as a metaphor for the alchemical process of making gold using the elements mercury, sulfur and salt, which is in turn a metaphor for the pursuit of true wisdom.

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Atalanta fugiens Atalanta fugiens Since , Les Canards Chantants has been part of an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars to study the alchemical musical treatise by Michael Maier, Atalanta fugiens. The book is a fascinating seventeenth-century example of a multi-media work, containing prose, poetry, imagery and music.

The team of scholars includes early modern historians, mathematicians, philosophers, classicists, alchemists, rare book specialists, chemists, musicologists and performers. About the book and the music: Emblem 26, featuring an epigram about Sapientia lady wisdom and a canon at the double octave. Atalanta fugiens consists of fifty emblems. Maier uses the Greek myth of Atalanta as a metaphor for the alchemical process of making gold using the elements mercury, sulfur and salt, which is in turn a metaphor for the pursuit of true wisdom.

The Atalanta and Hippomenes voices are always in canon, and Atalanta always leads, as in the myth. The Golden Apple voice is the same in every fugue, a cantus firmus that provides a foundation for the other two voices.

Some individual fugues attempt to illustrate the meanings of the epigrams and engravings they are paired with. Maier attempts to exhaust all available canonic devices, varying the interval of canonic imitation, and employing retrograde and inversion.

Some of the fugues are printed in cryptic ways, and can only be performed with the help of specific instructions on how to decode them. Some scholars assert that Maier was simply an amateur composer; others have suggested that his printer introduced many errors. In light of this discovery and some mathematical hypotheses regarding the structure of the book, we are exploring the possibility that the music may contain a hidden cypher that would further illuminate the intended purpose and role of the music and the book as a whole.

Thus far, the music Atalanta fugiens has been studied from a musicological perspective and has been recorded. Our task as part of the Atalanta team is to bring those two perspectives together, seeking scholarly insights that arise only through the process of actually reading, singing and hearing the music. Recent Posts.

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Atalanta fugiens

Early life[ edit ] Maier was born in Rendsburg , Holstein , the son of a specialist in beadwork in embroidery named Peter Maier. His doctoral thesis, De epilepsia was dedicated to Matthias Carnarius. Around , he became interested in alchemy and attempted to create an alchemical concordance, synthesizing the works of different authors. Ten days later, Rudolf raised him to the hereditary nobility and gave him the title of Imperial Count Palatine. Around this time, Maier published an extremely limited print run of De Medicina Regia et vere Heroica, Coelidonia , including in it his autobiography.

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