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Music and Mathematics in J.S. Bach



Music and Mathematics in J.S. Bach

With Professor Benedetto Scimemi.

Did you know that a melody can be represented as a plane graph where the heights of the notes are plotted as a function of time? If proper geometrical transformations (displacements, reflections etc.) are applied to the graph, a new melody is created, which a clever composer can overimpose to the original so that pleasant harmonies are produced. This art of “counterpoint” was masterly applied - with almost scientific methods - by J.S. Bach in his Goldberg Variations. Benedetto Scimemi will consider several examples, by showing graphs and producing the corresponding sounds at the keyboard.

Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

Prof. Benedetto Scimemi graduated in Physics in 1960 and completed his studies in Berkley (USA) and Tübingen (Germany). He taught Mathematics and Algebra at the University of Padua, where he covered other prestigious roles at the Faculty of Sciences. He cultivated musical interests all his life and his studies include piano and flute.


Date: Thursday, September 08, 2016

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura