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Dancing about Power, Architecture about Dancing

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247345.003.0009
Dancing about Power, Architecture about Dancing

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“Dancing about Power, Architecture about Dancing” takes up the heavily regulated dance forms that appeared in all court cultures but that held a position of particular authority in the France of Louis XIV. These also converged on something we recognize as tonality, though they did so from other directions and under the sway of vastly different cultural priorities. It is in the context of the dance that musicians accepted the discipline of going to the dominant for the first repeat sign and coming back to tonic for the second. This is not as obvious a strategy as one might think. How do the modally oriented dance forms of the sixteenth century become the basis of eighteenth-century sonata procedure?

Keywords: dance; Louis XIV; Girolamo Frescobaldi; Johann Jacob Froberger; Jean-Henry D'Anglebert; J. S. Bach

Chapter.  8615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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