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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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Libidinous Theology

Libidinous Theology

(p.129) Chapter 5 Libidinous Theology
Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan Mcclary

University of California Press

Strange, perhaps, to our present sensibilities, the Counter-Reformation church nurtured the development of music and visual art that invoked erotic experiences of Divine Love. In their sacred music, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, and Schütz swerve between images of heated desire and those of languorous swooning. “Libidinous Theology” is concerned with the institutions that encouraged this phenomenon as well as the ways composers worked to simulate conditions that surpassed the bounds of ordinary rationality.

Keywords:   Counter-Reformation, Divine Love, Mystical Union, Song of Songs, Saint Teresa, Saint John of the Cross, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Heinrich Schütz

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