Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830
This path-breaking study of stage works in Italian musical performances reconsiders a crucial period of music history. Through an interdisciplinary examination of the statue animated by music, EllenLockhartdeftly shows how Enlightenment ideasinfluenced Italian theater and music, and vice versa. AsLockhartreveals, the animated statue became a fundamental figure within aesthetic theory and musical practice during the years spanning 17701830. Taking as its point of departure a repertoire of Italian ballets, melodramas, and operas from this period,Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italytraces its core ideas between science, philosophy, theories of language, itinerant performance traditions, the epistemology of sensing, and music criticism.
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