Music 1710F/G Lecture Notes - George Frideric Handel, Johann Mattheson, Music Theory

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6 Feb 2013
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November 12 Readings/Class Notes – History
The Baroque
What were the aesthetic ideals of the music in the Baroque?
(We define musical periods by changing musical ideals: what music should do)
Timeline
1600: The first operas performed in Italy
1750: The death of Bach
Architecture in the Baroque:
eg. Versailles, Hall of Mirrors
often, we do not think about the Baroque period very well.
After this period, people began to think about it as an excessive, oriented
era.
Stereotypes of Baroque Music
Jean-Jacues Roussau, 1768:
A baroque music is that in which the harmony is confused, charged with
modulations and dissonances, the melody is harsh and little natural, the
intonation is difficult, and the movement constrained.”
How did Baroque music provoke an emotional response in the listener?
Did anything surprise you or intrigue you about Descartes' theory about how
music moves the listener?
Descartes:
animal spirits released when music is listened to
Spiritual idea and a rational/scientific idea.
Doctrine of the Affections”
music impacts our biological functions which causes us reproduces us to
imitate that emotion
Baroque music “a judiciously crafted melody”
“Doctrine of the Affections”
Following Ancient Greek and Latin orators who believed that the use of certain
modes of rhetoric influenced the emotions, or affections, of their listeners, the
theorist-musicians of the late 17th and early 18th centuries argued that the
‘affection’ of a text should be reflected in its musical setting through an
appropriate choice of key and judiciously crafted qualities of melody, thus
arousing the appropriate listener.”
Johann Mattheson (1681-1764)
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