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Rameau and musical thought in the Enlightenment /
Thomas Christensen.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
description
xviii, 327 p. : ill., music
ISBN
0521420407 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
isbn
0521420407 (hardback)
local note
SCAR copy: 1995 printing.
catalogue key
218444
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-09:
This very important book will do much to explain the full range of Rameau's theoretical writings and dispel the many misconceptions surrounding them. One of Christensen's accomplishments is to demonstrate the dialectic between practical pedagogical concerns and abstract theoretical matters that was a constant throughout Rameau's career as a music theoretician. As such, the evolutionary nature of Rameau's writings on music is shown in great detail. This goes far to resolve the seeming theoretical inconsistencies in Rameau's work. The author's background information on Enlightenment philosophy places Rameau's theoretical writings in their proper intellectual context. It is particularly noteworthy that the author does not view the Enlightenment as a static entity but rather as a dynamic and ever-changing set of intellectual concepts. He pays attention to the debate between Cartesian logic and Lockean experience and shows Rameau's musical ideas to have been variously influenced by both philosophical systems. This book is also an invaluable source for those interested in the operatic "War of the Buffoons" of the 1750s. Academic libraries, lower-division undergraduate through faculty. W. E. Grim; Worcester State College
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This text presents a picture of Rameau's theoretical work in its totality, including materials discovered only in recent years. It provides a lucid chronological unfolding of Rameau's ideas from before 1722, until his death in 1764.
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This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau, who synthesised the vocabulary and grammar of musical practice into a concise scientific system, earning himself the popular title of 'Newton of the Arts'. The author examines Rameau's accomplishments in the context of the musical and intellectual thought of the eighteenth century.
Main Description
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.
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This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Rameau synthesized 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.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Rameau and the Enlightenment
Rameau as music theorist
Precursors of harmonic theory
The generative fundamental
The fundamental bass
The corps sonore
Mode and modulation
Rameau and the philosophes
D'Alembert
The final years
Appendices
Select bibliography
Index of subjects
Index of proper names
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