Mus121 2.7.2011 - Mus121 (2/7/2011) Musical Expression in...

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Mus121 (2/7/2011) Musical Expression in the Baroque Basic convictions (esp. in early Baroque): Ideal model is forceful, persuasive speech of orator or actor. Monody (solo w/cotinuo accpt) comes closer to that ideal than e-v poly. Word painting: music gives pictorial Impression of specific words, esp. thru contour, type of motion, range. Choice of instruments: Lute Flute/oboe Horns “Doctrine(s) of the Affections” Affections : Idealized emotional states to be expressed in listeners (Plato!) Psychological Assumptions (Descartes) : human affections are… Static, not fluctuating; “unity of affection” Classifiable, not indescribable. Specific musical features – specific psych, assoc. Pain – Pleasure Continuum: Pain: dissonance, chromaticism, minor keys, extremes of range (esp. high, shrill) loud dynamics.
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