Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject

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:
Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject

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“Composites” examines the ways expansion devices operate within the contexts of multisection pieces, such as continuo madrigals, sonatas, and cantatas. Although such sections sometimes resemble what come to be called movements, because of their contrasting meters and affects, they continue to depend upon one another in their pursuit of a single modal argument. Depending on expressive need, the modal framework may retreat into the background through expansion or may suddenly appear as identical to the melodic surface.

Keywords: movements; modal structures; Claudio Monteverdi; Dario Castello; Antonio Cesti

Chapter.  8066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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