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Speaker’s voice in the 19th century pre-modern assemblies: the example of imperial conciles and diets

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Concept formation
Individuation (Philosophy)
Individuals (Philosophy)
Particulars (Philosophy)
Notions (Philosophy)


The article looks at the voice, in particular the human voice that speaks. Based on the example of the first sound recordings of voice in the 19th century, we briefly explain the genesis of the new fascination of historians for voice and ‘sound landscapes’ in recent research, with particular emphasis on the work of German research. Using the Oratorik or Oratory concept, we then analyse the voices of speakers, especially those who speak at the secular and ecclesiastical assemblies at the end of the Middle Ages (imperial and conciliatory diets). Finally, there are five examples of sources that help to understand how different speaking situations were perceived: from the failure of the individual voice (Jean de Segovia, Johannes Hinderbach) to the successful vocal performance of humanists (Gerardo Landriani, Pie II) and the cacophony of a session of the Basle concile in 1438.

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