Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment

Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment

by Thomas Christensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 052161709X

ISBN-13: 9780521617093

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Rameau synthesised the vocabulary and grammar of musical practice into a concise scientific system, earning himself the popular title of 'Newton of the Arts'. Ranging widely over the musical and intellectual thought of the eighteenth century, Thomas Christensen is

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This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Rameau synthesised the vocabulary and grammar of musical practice into a concise scientific system, earning himself the popular title of 'Newton of the Arts'. Ranging widely over the musical and intellectual thought of the eighteenth century, Thomas Christensen is able to orient Rameau's accomplishments in the light of speculative and practical considerations of music theory as well as many of the scientific ideas current in the French Enlightenment. He shows how Rameau incorporates ideas ranging from neoplatonic thought and Cartesian mechanistic metaphysics to Locke's empirical psychology and Newtonian experimental science. Additional primary documents help clarify Rameau's fascinating and stormy relationship with the Encyclopedists, Diderot, Rousseau and d'Alembert.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521617093
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis Series, #4
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Foreword by Ian Bent; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Rameau and the Enlightenment; 2. Rameau as music theorist; 3. Precursors of harmonic theory; 4. The generative fundamental; 5. The fundamental bass; 6. The corps sonore; 7. Mode and modulation; 8. Rameau and the philosophes; 9. D'Alembert; 10. The final years; Appendices; Select bibliography; Index of subjects; Index of proper names.

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