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Music of the Baroque World : History, Culture, and Performance (Hardcover) (Susan Lewis)
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Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, Performance offers an interdisciplinary study of the music of Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and first half of the eighteenth centuries. It answers calls for an approach that balances culture, history, and musical analysis, with an emphasis on performance considerations such as notation, instruments, and performance techniques. It situates musical events in their intellectual, social, religious, and political contexts and enables in-depth discussion and critical analysis.
- An interdisciplinary approach that balances detailed analysis of specific pieces of music and broader historical overview and relevance
- A selection of historical documents at the end of each chapter that position musical works and events in their cultural context
- Extensive musical examples that show the melodic, textural, harmonic, or structural features of baroque music and enhance the utility of the textbook for undergraduate and graduate music majors
- A global perspective with a chapter on Music in the Americas
- A companion score anthology and website with links to audio/video content of key performances and research and writing guides
Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, Performance tells stories of local traditions, cultural exchange, performance trends, and artistic mixing. It illuminates representative works through the lens of politics, visual arts, theology, print culture, gender, domesticity, commerce, and cultural influence and exchange.
Music of the Baroque: History, Culture, and Performancetakes inspiration from the field of cultural history. The emphasis is on questions of performativity?how audiences perceived, reacted to, and identified with musical works and performances. The author illuminates representative works through the lens of politics, visual arts, theology, print culture, gender, domesticity, commerce, and cultural influence and exchange.
The main form of organization is chronological, but then thematic and idea-oriented, organized around five themes or sites of meaning. Part one familiarizes students with key concepts and materials that are essential to an understanding of the cultural history of early modern Europe. The remaining four parts address music and religion, opera and theater music, instrumental music, and the baroque beyond Europe.