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Athanasius Kircher : “Bird Songs” (1650)

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This popularly reproduced folio, showing birds songs expressed as musical notation, first appeared in Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis (1650), in which the Jesuit scholar argued that the harmony of music reflected the proportions of the universe. Above is the song of the nightingale, in whom, said Kircher, “Nature has embodied…the perfect ideal of art and music.” Below are those of the cock, hen, cuckoo, quail and, ironically, a parrot speaking the Greek word for “hello.”

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