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Listening as Spiritual Practice in Early Modern Italy

Andrew Dell'Antonio


The early seventeenth century, when the first operas were written and technical advances with far-reaching consequences—such as tonal music—began to develop, is also notable for another shift: the displacement of aristocratic music-makers by a new professional class of performers. This book looks at a related phenomenon: the rise of a cultivated audience whose skill involved listening rather than playing or singing. Drawing from contemporaneous discourses and other commentaries on music, the visual arts, and Church doctrine, this book links the new ideas about cultivated listening with other i ... More

Keywords: tonal music, professional performers, visual arts, Church doctrine, cultivated listening, humanistic learning, contemplative listening, contemplative watching, spiritual practice, musical mysticism, Catholic Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520269293
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dell'Antonio, author