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Author McClary, Susan.

Title Modal Subjectivities : Self-Fashioning in the Italian Madrigal
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (388 pages)
Contents List of Examples; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction: The Cultural Work of the Madrigal; 2 Night and Deceit: Verdelot's Machiavelli; 3 The Desiring Subject, or Subject to Desire: Arcadelt; 4 Radical Inwardness: Willaert's Musica nova; 5 The Prisonhouse of Mode: Cipriano de Rore; 6 A Coney Island of the Madrigal: Wert and Marenzio; 7 The Luxury of Solipsism: Gesualdo; The Mirtillo/Amarilli Controversy: Monteverdi; 9 I modi; Appendix: Examples; Index
Summary In this boldly innovative book, renowned musicologist Susan McClary presents an illuminating cultural interpretation of the Italian madrigal, one of the most influential repertories of the Renaissance. A genre that sought to produce simulations in sound of complex interiorities, the madrigal introduced into music a vast range of new signifying practices: musical representations of emotions, desire, gender stereotypes, reason, madness, tensions between mind and body, and much more. In doing so, it not only greatly expanded the expressive agendas of European music but also recorded certain assum
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Subject Madrigals, Italian -- Italy -- 16th century -- Analysis, appreciation.
Music and language.
Music theory -- History -- 16th century.
Musical form -- History -- 16th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520929152 (electronic bk.)
9780520929159 (electronic bk.)