Libidinous Theology

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:
Libidinous Theology

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Strange, perhaps, to our present sensibilities, the Counter-Reformation church nurtured the development of music and visual art that invoked erotic experiences of Divine Love. In their sacred music, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, and Schütz swerve between images of heated desire and those of languorous swooning. “Libidinous Theology” is concerned with the institutions that encouraged this phenomenon as well as the ways composers worked to simulate conditions that surpassed the bounds of ordinary rationality.

Keywords: Counter-Reformation; Divine Love; Mystical Union; Song of Songs; Saint Teresa; Saint John of the Cross; Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Claudio Monteverdi; Girolamo Frescobaldi; Heinrich Schütz

Chapter.  9409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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