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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830
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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830

Ellen Lockhart

Abstract

This path-breaking study of Italian stage works reconsiders a crucial period of music history. Through an interdisciplinary examination of the statue animated by music, Ellen Lockhart deftly shows how Enlightenment ideas influenced Italian theater and music, and vice versa. As Lockhart reveals, the animated statue became a fundamental figure within aesthetic theory and musical practice during the years from 1770 to 1830. Taking as its point of departure a repertoire of Italian ballets, melodramas, and operas from the period around 1800, Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy traces its core ... More

Keywords: music, opera, pantomime, aesthetics, perception, language, Enlightenment, animated statues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284432
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284432.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Lockhart, author
University of Toronto