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Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music$
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Susan McClary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247345

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247345.001.0001

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Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire

Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire

(p.1) Prelude: The Music of Pleasure and Desire
Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan Mcclary

University of California Press

The prologue deals with the principal reason seventeenth-century music has been regarded as incoherent or resistant to analysis: the tendency of historians and theorists to assume the tenets of eighteenth-century tonality as universal. In contrast to that teleological approach, Desire and Pleasure assumes that human societies create music that corresponds to their own expressive priorities. The book attempt to understand why the devices and grammars deployed by seventeenth-century composers appeared advantageous for particular kinds of cultural work.

Keywords:   stylistic change, modal analysis, origins of tonality, historiography

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