Music and Ideas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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Music and Ideas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries shows Claude V. Palisca - one of the preeminent musicologists of our time - at the height of his powers, discussing the relationships between musical style and intellectual history, the influence of humanism on the revival of music theory, the competing notions of style, and the intermingled effects of rhetoric, poetics, religion, and science. Palisca's discussions demonstrate how this period's musical thought was penetrated by many aspects of culture, including religious reform, secularization, the emergence of vernacular literature, documentary historiography, the rise and decline of neo-Platonism, Aristotelian poetics, the scientific movement, the revival of rhetoric, and openness of emotional experience. This summation of Palisca's life work was nearly finished in 2001, when Palisca died. It was brought to completion by Thomas J. Mathiesen.
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Table of Contents

I Musical change and intellectual history 1
II Universal harmony 13
III Sense over reason : the anti-theoretical tradition 29
IV The poetics of musical composition 49
V Humanist revival of the modes and genera 71
VI Humanist reaction to polyphony 99
VII Theories of monody and dramatic music 107
VIII Music and scientific discovery 131
IX Ancient and modern : styles and genres 161
X Theories of the affections and imitation 179
XI Music and rhetoric 203
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