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Enlightenment Orpheus : the power of music in other worlds

Author: Vanessa Agnew
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Series: New cultural history of music.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Enlightenment saw a critical engagement with the ancient idea that music carries certain powers - it heals and pacifies, civilizes and educates. Yet this interest in musical utility seems to conflict with larger notions of aesthetic autonomy that emerged at the same time. This text examines this apparent conflict.
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Named Person: Charles Burney; Charles Burney
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vanessa Agnew
ISBN: 9780195336665 0195336666
OCLC Number: 152580915
Description: xiv, 263 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Argonaut Orpheus --
Music's empire --
Anti-Orpheus.
Series Title: New cultural history of music.
Responsibility: Vanessa Agnew.
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The Enlightenment saw a critical engagement with the ancient idea that music carries certain powers - it heals and pacifies, civilizes and educates. Yet this interest in musical utility seems to conflict with larger notions of aesthetic autonomy that emerged at the same time. This text examines this apparent conflict.

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