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Titolo:
Women's use of music to motivate erotic desire in the drama of Beaumont and Fletcher
Autore:
Henze, CA;
Indirizzi:
Univ Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI 54302 USA Univ Wisconsin Green Bay WI USA 54302 Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI 54302 USA
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH
fascicolo: 2, volume: 20, anno: 2001,
pagine: 97 - 134
SICI:
0141-1896(2001)20:2<97:WUOMTM>2.0.ZU;2-B
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SONGS; 'TEMPEST'; PLAYS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Arts & Humanities
Citazioni:
86
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Henze, CA Univ Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI 54302 USA Univ Wisconsin Green Bay WI USA 54302 , Green Bay, WI 54302 USA
Citazione:
C.A. Henze, "Women's use of music to motivate erotic desire in the drama of Beaumont and Fletcher", J MUSIC RES, 20(2), 2001, pp. 97-134

Abstract

Few editions of English Renaissance drama include the music, an unfortunate omission in instances where original or early music is available, becausesongs were believed to have prodigious affective potency. When combined with feminine desire (or the perception thereof) song was ascribed a powerfulability to alter men's souls, and, consequently, their behavior. This paper explores how the affective power of the musical embodiment of feminine desire has a deeply determinative role, providing motives for theatrical characters in the dramas of Beaumont and Fletcher, contemporaries of Shakespeare whose plays both contain a great deal of music and are criticized for having sensationalist plots with poorly motivated characters. By examining theater songs of Robert Johnson and William Lawes, this paper explores the degree to which music moves wit (reason) and/or will (emotion) both alone and in conjunction with lyrics. Seemingly rash actions of characters become almost inevitable as a result of hearing feminine song, in the context of the ideological intersection of music with medicine, Neoplatonic philosophy, vibrational science, astrology, and magic, particularly as delineated by Marsilio Ficino. This study concludes that although the slightly later music ofLawes has greater ability to alone connote and create desire. Johnson's music works in conjunction with the lyrics not just to support them, but to radically alter their affective messages.

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