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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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Straining Belief: The Toccata

Straining Belief: The Toccata

(p.159) Chapter 6 Straining Belief: The Toccata
Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan Mcclary

University of California Press

“Straining Belief” examines manifestations of religious ecstasy in the keyboard toccata: an instrumental genre that pushes simulations of unbridled desire to unsurpassed limits—and, moreover, without the benefit of words. Like the pieces discussed in previous chapters, toccatas build on modal structures: from recitation formulas in the case of Gabrieli to madrigal-like complexes in Frescobaldi. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the French unmeasured prelude, a genre that sought to produce the improvisatory effect of the Italian toccata through radically different notational means.

Keywords:   toccata, unmeasured prelude, Giovanni Gabrieli, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Jean-Henry D'Anglebert

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