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By Cynthia Verba

ISBN-10: 1107021561

ISBN-13: 9781107021563

Cynthia Verba's publication explores the tale of music's function within the French Enlightenment, targeting dramatic expression within the musical tragedies of the composer-theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. She finds how his tune achieves its hugely relocating results via an interaction among rational layout, particularly tonal layout, and the portrayal of feeling and the way this ends up in a extra nuanced portrayal of the heroine. supplying a brand new method of knowing Rameau's function within the Enlightenment, Verba illuminates very important points of the theory-practice courting and indicates how his song embraced Enlightenment values. on the middle of the learn are 3 scene kinds that happen in all of Rameau's tragedies: confession of forbidden love, excessive clash and clash answer. In tracing adjustments in Rameau's remedy of those, Verba reveals that whereas he maintained an allegiance to the conventional French operatic version, he continuously tailored it to house his extra enlightened perspectives on musical expression.

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