The Expansion Principle

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:
The Expansion Principle

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“The Expansion Principle” traces the mechanisms by which musical syntax and formal strategies change over the course of the seventeenth century. Starting with pieces that operate within the premises of Renaissance mode and moving gradually to those whose procedures are recognizable as “tonal,” the chapter traces the ways devices that begin as rhetorical inflections eventually become standard operating procedures. Although the chapter focuses on musical detail, it also locates each example within its cultural context, examining both how and why it produces its expressive effects.

Keywords: expansion of modal formulas; Romanesca; Giulio Caccini; Claudio Monteverdi; Antonio Cesti

Chapter.  7225 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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