Music and the Language of Love

Music and the Language of Love

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Simple songs or airs, in which a male poetic voice either seduces or excoriates a female object, were an influential vocal genre of the French Baroque era. In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary study, Catherine Gordon-Seifert analyzes the style of airs, which was based on rhetorical devices of lyric poetry, and explores the function and meaning of airs in French society, particularly the salons. She shows how airs deployed in both text and music an encoded language that was in sensuous contrast to polite society's cultivation of chaste love, strict gender roles, and restrained discourse.Monosyllables with diphthongs are long (oi/oy, ou, eu, ui/uy, or ai/ay) but can easily be altered. ... Bacilly explains the passage in this way: The first two monosyllables are both naturally long [a€œMon cA“ura€]; the first because it contains an n, andanbsp;...

Title:Music and the Language of Love
Author:Catherine Gordon-Seifert
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2011-04-07


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