Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan McClary


In this ebook, Susan McClary examines the mechanisms wherein seventeenth-century musicians simulated severe affective states—desire, divine rapture, and ecstatic excitement. She demonstrates how each significant style of the interval, from opera to non secular song to instrumental items in keeping with dances, was once a part of this striving for heightened passions through performers and listeners. whereas she analyzes the social and ancient purposes for the excessive worth put on expressive depth in either secular and sacred song, and she or he additionally hyperlinks hope and delight to the various technical thoughts of the interval. McClary exhibits how musicians—whether operating in the contexts of the Reformation or Counter-Reformation, Absolutists courts or advertisement organizations in Venice—were capable of control identified techniques to supply considerably new methods of experiencing time and the Self.

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