This seminar analyzes the rise and decline of the polyphonic madrigal in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as a chapter in the history of emotions. We will investigate how early-modern “passions of the soul” were understood, codified, constructed, enacted, and simulated in music. Course topics will focus on four areas: recent approaches to the study of emotions in a historical perspective; recent approaches to text/music analysis in secular polyphony; Renaissance theories of the mind-body relationship and the place of music in Platonic and Aristotelian doctrines of the human soul; Renaissance theories of perception and cognition, and the role of music in the philosophy of love.
Seminar in Historical Musicology: Renaissance
Day & Time:
701A Dodge Hall