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Temporality and Ideology: Qualities of Motion in Seventeenth-Century French Music

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/9780520247345.003.0010
Temporality and Ideology: Qualities of Motion in Seventeenth-Century French Music

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“Temporality and Ideology” considers the timeless mode of temporality cultivated in many cultural forms in seventeenth-century France, but with a special focus on the keyboard music of Jean-Henry D'Anglebert. It begins with the problems performers face when addressing this repertory, which often seems not to make sense when compared to more familiar “French” dances of Bach. Working from within the music itself, the chapter advocates that performers adopt a quite different quality of attention, similar to what art historian Michael Fried calls “absorption.” It then proceeds to find evidence of this quality in seventeenth-century sources such as theology, philosophy, art, and literature.

Keywords: Michael Fried; absorption; Jean-Henry D'Anglebert; Louis XIV; Blaise Pascal; quietism

Chapter.  6371 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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