Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan McClary


In this publication, Susan McClary examines the mechanisms in which 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 spiritual song to instrumental items in keeping with dances, was once a part of this striving for heightened passions via performers and listeners. whereas she analyzes the social and old purposes for the excessive worth put on expressive depth in either secular and sacred tune, and she or he additionally hyperlinks wish and enjoyment to the numerous technical suggestions of the interval. McClary indicates how musicians—whether operating in the contexts of the Reformation or Counter-Reformation, Absolutists courts or advertisement organisations in Venice—were in a position to control identified systems to provide substantially new methods of experiencing time and the Self.

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