Around the middle of the 15th century the renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti wrote a letter to a friend titled "Musca" - The Fly. The text was about philosophy, architecture, music and animals. Alberti spent his life mostly designing sacral architecture, and questioning it at the same time. However, his work was always enriched with thinking about intangible concepts. Famous is the scripture "QVID TVM" - So what? What then?, on the last page of his manuscript “Della famiglia” (1438) and on the engraved medal designed by himself in 1450, at the same period as the beginning of the project for the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. The scripture is emblematic, because it shows the weakness of certainties, it seems like the architect would say: “We have the wisdom, but a human one, not divine one.” . Besides architecture, Alberti was very passionate about music, which for him was the highest expression of the human being. Inspired by the rediscovered and reinvestigated Pythagorean theorem, which also explains how music is determined with mathematical rules, the same rules which define the order of the universe, Alberti wrote: “Now those numbers which have the power to give the sound the concinnitas (superior universal harmony) which succeeds so pleasant to the ear, are the same which can fill with admirable joy the eyes and our spirit”. Trying to clarify his perception of music, Alberti searched for answers in nature, writing in his letter a lot about animals, especially insects – a bee, noble and meaningful creature, and a fly, seemingly a creature with a senseless presence, but for the author a creature that deserves our attention and appreciation. At the end of the letter Alberti stated that the root of the word "musica" comes from the word "musca" (the fly), because of its buzzing - "The fly, which invented the harmony and the singing", and not from the word "Musa" as everybody thought. It is hard to determine if the root of the word music is musca or not, but this romantic idea that from one of the smallest, most annoying and insignificant creatures in the nature the highest expression of the human being can be created, wipes the limits of what and by whom can be created. And so one man created MUSCA.
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