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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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The Expansion Principle

The Expansion Principle

(p.21) Chapter 1 The Expansion Principle
Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan Mcclary

University of California Press

“The Expansion Principle” traces the mechanisms by which musical syntax and formal strategies change over the course of the seventeenth century. Starting with pieces that operate within the premises of Renaissance mode and moving gradually to those whose procedures are recognizable as “tonal,” the chapter traces the ways devices that begin as rhetorical inflections eventually become standard operating procedures. Although the chapter focuses on musical detail, it also locates each example within its cultural context, examining both how and why it produces its expressive effects.

Keywords:   expansion of modal formulas, Romanesca, Giulio Caccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Cesti

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