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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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Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject

Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject

(p.45) Chapter 2 Composites, or the Still-Divided Subject
Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan Mcclary

University of California Press

“Composites” examines the ways expansion devices operate within the contexts of multisection pieces, such as continuo madrigals, sonatas, and cantatas. Although such sections sometimes resemble what come to be called movements, because of their contrasting meters and affects, they continue to depend upon one another in their pursuit of a single modal argument. Depending on expressive need, the modal framework may retreat into the background through expansion or may suddenly appear as identical to the melodic surface.

Keywords:   movements, modal structures, Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello, Antonio Cesti

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