A lunchtime talk by Dr Tim Shephard, Lecturer in Musicology, exploring the music of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its historic and cultural contexts.
“Part weird dreamworld, part classical mashup, part art theory, part love story, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has puzzled and entranced readers for 500 years. Not exactly an easy story to follow, its success lies in the bewildering variety of its sensory delights. Beautiful illustrations with fabulous monsters and grand buildings share page space with abruptly juxtaposed Roman, Hebrew and Greek alphabets, as well as Egyptial hieroglyphs, providing a feast for the eye and prompting a long tradition of study by art historians. The ear, too, is well satisfied in following Poliphili's strange journey, as the sounds and music of his dream realm are conjured in vivid descriptions and depictions--but this element has been neglected by scholars. This talk will reveal the strange and wonderful soundscape of a Renaissance masterwork of magical realism.”