Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire

Susan Mcclary

in Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520247345
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952065 | DOI:
Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire

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The prologue deals with the principal reason seventeenth-century music has been regarded as incoherent or resistant to analysis: the tendency of historians and theorists to assume the tenets of eighteenth-century tonality as universal. In contrast to that teleological approach, Desire and Pleasure assumes that human societies create music that corresponds to their own expressive priorities. The book attempt to understand why the devices and grammars deployed by seventeenth-century composers appeared advantageous for particular kinds of cultural work.

Keywords: stylistic change; modal analysis; origins of tonality; historiography

Chapter.  6983 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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