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Atys, The King’s Opera »

Chapter: Courts Resplendent, Overthrown, Restored

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Atys, The King’s Opera But of course the brave castrato voice referred to anything but itself. The one thing its brassy timbre never symbolized was act...

Augenmusik »

Chapter: Reformations and Counter Reformations

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Augenmusik Compared with the sheer sonic magnitude of this Passion setting, the inherent drama of the choral characterizations, and the composer’s self...

Avignon »

Chapter: Machaut and His Progeny

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Avignon Until the fourteenth century polyphonic settings of the Mass Ordinary, or any part of it, were uncommon. In eleventh- and twelfth-century Aquit...

Ayres And Suites: Harmonically Determined Form »

Chapter: Courts Resplendent, Overthrown, Restored

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Ayres And Suites: Harmonically Determined Form The other main genre of consort music was the “ayre,” a general term no longer meaning a song, but rathe...

B-Minor Moods »

Chapter: The Music Trance

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

B-Minor Moods As promised earlier, an extended look at one of Schubert's larger, more public works will confirm the influence of the private genres in ...

Bach and “Dramatized” Tonality »

Chapter: The Italian Concerto Style and the Rise of Tonality-driven Form

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Bach and “Dramatized” Tonality We can witness the new instrumental style at its most sublime, and experience its newfound power to deliver both intelle...

The Bach Revival »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (II)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Bach Revival This was an event of immense cultural significance. It placed Bach in a new context, one in which the very aspects of his style that h...

The Bach Sons As “Symphonists” »

Chapter: Instrumental Music Lifts Off

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Bach Sons As “Symphonists” Among the other composers of concert symphonies whose works became early classics of the genre were two of J. S. Bach’s ...

Bach’s Suites »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (I)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Bach’s Suites As we know, Bach never went to France. Instead, France came to him through the musical publications that circulated widely in the Gallici...

Bach’s “Testaments” »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (II)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Bach’s “Testaments” Bach’s best-known religious pieces are the ones most comparable to Handel’s oratorios and to even later, Catholic religious music. ...

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