Medicine, music, madness and melancholy: from cause to cure

On 22 July I will be taking part in an interdisciplinary one-day symposium on the topic of Medicine, music, madness and melancholy: from cause to cure at Goldsmiths, University of London. This event will bring together historians of medicine, musicologists and scholars of intellectual history to explore how these areas of study intersected in the early modern period. I will be presenting some early findings arising from my recent exploration of the archives of the Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, funded by a grant from the British Academy and the Music and Letters Trust. The intertwining strands of science, medicine, religion and music on the one hand and the practicalities of daily life for the working musician on the other will be the focus of my presentation. The event programme includes a lunchtime concert including music by Frescobaldi, Marais, and Purcell. The symposium is open to everyone and the details are to be found here

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