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date: 21 November 2019

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  • Philippe Vendrix

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(b Reims, Mar 1, 1567; d Reims, Aug 1623). French historian and theorist. He trained in law and was appointed a professor of law and then syndic in Reims, where he was a popular representative. He acquired a lasting reputation as a historian, due to the success of his principal work, Histoire des grands chemins de l'empire romain (Paris, 1622). He published other works on diverse subjects and also left a number of important works in manuscript, including the treatise La musique speculative (F-Pn fr.1359; ed. with Ger. trans. E. Jost, Cologne, 1970), in which he sought to distinguish between poetic and musical rhythm, stressing that musical rhythm had to be flexible in order to accommodate the poetry. His views on certain topics (such as the musical proportions) are similar to those of Salinas. The treatise ends with proposals for assessing the effects of rhythm. For further discussion see P. Vendrix: ‘Nicolas Bergier: le dernier théoricien de la Renaissance en France’, ...

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