Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart

Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart

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Ralph P. Locke
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 5/7/2015
EAN 9781107012370, ISBN10: 1107012376

Hardcover, 472 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

During the years 1500–1800, European performing arts reveled in a kaleidoscope of Otherness: Middle-Eastern harem women, fortune-telling Spanish 'Gypsies', Incan priests, Barbary pirates, moresca dancers, and more. In this prequel to his 2009 book Musical Exoticism, Ralph P. Locke explores how exotic locales and their inhabitants were characterized in musical genres ranging from instrumental pieces and popular songs to oratorios, ballets, and operas. Locke's study offers new insights into much-loved masterworks by composers such as Cavalli, Lully, Purcell, Rameau, Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, and Mozart. In these works, evocations of ethnic and cultural Otherness often mingle attraction with envy or fear, and some pieces were understood at the time as commenting on conditions in Europe itself. Locke's accessible study, which includes numerous musical examples and rare illustrations, will be of interest to anyone who is intrigued by the relationship between music and cultural history, and by the challenges of cross-cultural (mis)understanding.

Part I. Introduction
A Rich and Complex Heritage
1. Images and principles
2. Exotic in style?
paradigms and interpretations
Part II. The West and its Others
3. The early cultural background
4. Encounters
Part III. Songs and Dance-Types
5. Popular songs
6. Dances and instrumental styles from (or 'from') elsewhere
Part IV. Exotic Portrayals on Stage, in Concert, in Church
7. Courtly ballets
8. Distinctive developments in Venice and other Italian cities and courts
9. Oratorio and other religious genres
10. Early opera and partly sung stage-works
11. French and Italian serious opera, especially Lully and Handel
12. Eighteenth-century comic operas and short danced works
13. Obsession with the Middle East
from the Parisian fairs to Mozart
a helpfully troubling term.