Statue of Guido d’Arezzo - Florence, Italy
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N 43° 46.099 E 011° 15.326
32T E 681532 N 4848613
One of the 28 statues of famous Tuscans that line the Loggiato (inner courtyard) of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Waymark Code: WM18P7R
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 09/03/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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In 1950, Italy issued this postage stamp commemorating the 900th anniversary of the death of Guido d’Arezzo. That would place his death in the year 1050, except that no one knows for certain when Guido d’Arezzo died other than that it was after 1033. It’s also uncertain when he was born, or where for that matter. Almost everything that’s known about Guido d’Arezzo comes from his treatises on musical theory, namely Micrologus (c. 1026), Regulae rhythmicae (after 1026) and Prologus in antiphonarium (c. 1030) and a couple of letters.

So, what is it that puts Guido d’Arezzo in this Tuscan ‘hall of fame’ which includes the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo? Most folks are familiar with music in its written form whether we understand it or not. But where did that notation originate? It is generally accepted that Guido d’Arezzo invented, or at least strongly developed this form of musical notation complete with staves, clefs and notes placed at regular intervals. He was also the first to use the do-re-me type syllables and the hexachord system for teaching singers of Gregorian chant.

The statue was created in 1837 by Florentine sculptor Lorenzo Nencini and placed in its current location in 1847. It shows the robed Benedictine monk holding an example of his contribution to modern music in his left hand.
Stamp Issuing Country: Italy

Date of Issue: 29-Jul-1950

Denomination: 20 l

Color: dark green

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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