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By Karol Berger

During this erudite and skillfully composed argument, Karol Berger makes use of the works of Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to aid groundbreaking claims: first, that it used to be merely within the later eighteenth century that song started to take the movement of time from the earlier to the long run heavily; moment, that this transformation within the constitution of musical time used to be a side of a bigger transformation within the means informed Europeans started to think and consider time with the onset of modernity, part of a shift from the premodern Christian outlook to the trendy post-Christian worldview. till this ancient second, as Berger illustrates in his research of Bach's St. Matthew ardour, tune was once easily "in time." Its successive occasions spread out one after one other, however the contrast among prior and destiny, prior and later, used to be now not valuable to the way in which the tune used to be skilled and understood. yet after the shift, as he unearths in taking a look at Mozart's Don Giovanni, the event of linear time is remodeled into music's crucial material; the cycle of time unbends and turns into an arrow. Berger enhances those musical case experiences with a wealthy survey of the philosophical, theological, and literary developments influencing artists in this interval.

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Two stories dominate the first decade or so of opera history: the story of Orpheus and Eurydice told by the Florentine poet Rinuccini and performed in Florence with music mostly by Peri in 1600, and with music by Caccini in 1602 (the same story in a version told by the Mantuan poet Striggio was performed with Monteverdi’s music in Mantua in 1607); and the story of Apollo and Daphne, again told by Rinuccini and performed with music by Peri and Corsi, now mostly lost, in Florence in 1598, and with music by the Florentine composer Marco da Gagliano in Mantua in 1608.

He can draw it upwards, but only by keeping his back turned to it. . this is the meaning of the concealment revealed in the night. But in the impulse of his migration Orpheus forgets the work he has to accomplish, and he has to forget it, because the ultimate requirement of his impulse is not that there should be a work, but that someone should stand and face this “point” and grasp its essence where this essence appears. Blanchot goes on to spell out the point of story explicitly: “The Greek myth says: one cannot create a work unless the enormous experience of the depths .

Scuola Grande di S. Rocco, Venice. Y. rather, accord it its proper place, as a necessary stage on the road to the final goal of heavenly harmony. Take another look at Giorgione’s Orpheus. ) But no one suggests that Orpheus might have earned his heavenly immortality without taking the via dolorosa of passion first. No one, surely not Monteverdi, would want to give up on the broadening of music’s expressive range brought about by the second practice. Nonetheless, the final emphasis on, and confidence in, harmony as 42 / Prelude transcending passions is unmistakable.

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