By Vanessa Agnew
The Enlightenment observed a serious engagement with the traditional concept that tune consists of yes powers - it heals and pacifies, civilizes and educates. but this curiosity in musical application turns out to clash with higher notions of aesthetic autonomy that emerged whilst. In Enlightenment Orpheus, Vanessa Agnew examines this obvious clash, and provocatively questions the suggestion of an aesthetic-philosophical holiday among the eighteenth and 19th centuries.
Agnew persuasively connects the English tourist and song pupil Charles Burney with the traditional delusion of Orpheus. She makes use of Burney as a advisor via wide-ranging discussions of eighteenth-century musical shuttle, perspectives on music's healing powers, curiosity in non-European song, and issues approximately cultural identification. Arguing that what humans stated approximately song was once crucial to a few of the nice Enlightenment debates surrounding such concerns as human organisation, cultural distinction, and nationwide id, Agnew provides a brand new measurement to postcolonial reviews, which has quite often emphasised the literary and visible on the cost of the aural. She additionally demonstrates that those discussions needs to be seen in context on the era's extensive and well-entrenched transnational community, and emphasizes the significance of shuttle literature in producing wisdom on the time.
a brand new and notably interdisciplinary method of the query of the ability of song - its aesthetic and historic interpretations and political makes use of - Enlightenment Orpheus will entice scholars and students in historic musicology, ethnomusicology, German experiences, eighteenth-century background, and comparative studies.