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Desire and pleasure in seventeenth-century music

Author: Susan McClary
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012.
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In this book, 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. While she analyzes the social and  Read more...

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McClary, Susan.
Desire and pleasure in seventeenth-century music.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011041887
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan McClary
ISBN: 9780520952065 0520952065
OCLC Number: 775871185
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 340 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire; Part I. The Hydraulics of Musical Desire; 1. The Expansion Principle; 2. Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject; Part II. Gendering Voice; 3. Soprano as Fetish: Professional Singers in Early Modern Italy; 4. Gender Ambiguities and Erotic Excess in the Operas of Cavalli; Part III. Divine Love; 5. Libidinous Theology; 6. Straining Belief: The Toccata; Part IV. Dancing Bodies; 7. The Social History of a Groove: Chacona, Ciaccona, Chaconne, and the Chaconne.
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." "Lively and engaging... [A] brilliant musical mapping of the seventeenth century." -- Tess Knighton Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Read more...

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