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Author Kramer, Richard, 1938- author

Title Cherubino's leap : in search of the Enlightenment moment / Richard Kramer
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
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Contents The chromatic moment in Enlightenment thought -- A preamble on portraiture and language -- The chromatic moment -- Moments musicaux -- The fugal moment: on a few bars in Mozart's Quintet in C Major, k. 515 -- Hearing the silence: on a much-theorized moment in a sonata by Emanuel Bach -- The Klopstock moment -- Oden von Klopstock in Musik Gesetzt -- Composing Klopstock: Gluck contra Bach -- "A poet among composers" -- "A Klopstock who worked in tones" -- Beethoven: in search of Klopstock -- Dramma per musica -- Anagnorisis: Gluck and the theater of recognition -- Cherubino's leap -- Konstanze's tears
Summary For the Enlightenment mind, from Moses Mendelssohn's focus on the moment of surprise at the heart of the work of art to Herder's imagining of the seismic moment at which language was discovered, it is the flash of recognition that nails the essence of the work, the blink of an eye in which one's world changes. In Cherubino's Leap, Richard Kramer unmasks such prismatic moments in a range of iconic instrumental works by Emanuel Bach, Haydn, and Mozart; in the musical engagement with the formidable odes of Friedrich Klopstock; and, on the grand stage of opera, at the intense moment of recognition in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride and the exquisitely introverted phrase that complicates Cherubino's daring escape in Mozart's Figaro. Finally, the tears of the disconsolate Konstanze in Mozart's Entf hrung inspire a reflection on the tragic aspect of the composer's operatic women. Other players from literature and the arts Diderot, Goethe, Lessing among them enrich the landscape of this journey through the Enlightenment imagination
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb, 1724-1803 -- Musical settings -- History and criticism.
Music and literature -- History -- 18th century.
Music -- 18th century -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Music -- Austria -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Music -- Germany -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022638408X (electronic bk.)
9780226384085 (electronic bk.)