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Desire and pleasure in seventeenth-century music

Author: Susan McClary
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Susan McClary examines the mechanisms through which seventeenth-century musicians simulated extreme affective states--desire, divine rapture, and ecstatic pleasure. She demonstrates how every major genre of the period, from opera to religious music to instrumental pieces based on dances, was part of this striving for heightened passions by performers and listeners. ... McClary shows how musicians--whether working  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan McClary
ISBN: 9780520247345 0520247345
OCLC Number: 756166982
Description: xi, 340 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude: The music of pleasure and desire --
Part I. The hydraulics of musical desire. The expansion principle ; Composites, or the still-divided subject --
Part II. Gendering voice. Soprano as fetish : professional singers in Early Modern Italy ; Gender ambiguities and erotic excess in the operas of Cavalli --
Part III. Divine love. Libidinous theology ; Straining belief : the toccata --
Part IV. Dancing bodies. The social history of a groove : chacona, ciaccona, chaconne, and the Chaconne ; Dancing about power, architecture about dancing --
Part V. La mode Française. Temporality and ideology : qualities of motion in seventeenth-century French music ; The dragon cart : the femme fatale in seventeenth-century French opera --
Postlude: Toward consolidation.
Responsibility: Susan McClary.

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Examines the mechanisms through which 17th-century musicians simulated extreme affective states - desire, divine rapture, and ecstatic pleasure. This book demonstrates how major genres of the period,  Read more...

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"Passionate, learned and often thrilling." Clevelandclassical.com 20120907 "Lively and engaging... [A] brilliant musical mapping of the seventeenth century." -- Tess Knighton Times Literary Read more...

 
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