Civ Paper 2 - Isaac 1 Katherine Isaac MUSI 12100...

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Isaac 1 Katherine Isaac MUSI 12100 Luis-Manuel Garcia March 14, 2008 The Rise of Humanism in Society and Its Effect on Music The spread of humanism in the sixteenth century led to many debates about what musical styles were most successful. The French believed that the Italian music style was much too grandiose and was only truly appreciated by individuals who lacked taste; the style was criticized for appealing to the ear instead of the intellect and emotions. The claim of many earlier theorists was that “music must give rise to affections in the listeners, affections that are in themselves intellectually rationalized concepts of emotions” 1 . Le Cerf used this claim to pronounce the superiority of the French musical style. He claimed that French music was simple—but logical—and that the beauty of music is assessed through evaluation of its form and its ability to invoke desired emotions in its listeners. To the Italians, the beauty of music was assessed aesthetically—not through evaluating the effect the music has on its listener’s emotions but whether or not the music is pleasing to the ear. The Italians claimed that the French operas were long and repetitive. Francois Raguenet felt that Italian music was superior through its “boldness of melody, variety of affections and cleverness of stage design” 2 . Considering the differing opinions of the French and Italians, it is obvious that there was no music style agreed upon by society. This, combined with the rise of humanism, leads to the 1 Buelow, George J., ed. The Late Baroque Era from the 1680s to 1740 . Music and Society. Englewood Cliffs, 1993. 18. 2 Buelow, George J., ed. The Late Baroque Era from the 1680s to 1740 . Music and Society. Englewood Cliffs, 1993. 19.
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Isaac 2 return to the many of the classical Greek and Roman theories on the effects music has on
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