Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart by Ralph P. Locke

By Ralph P. Locke

in the course of the years 1500–1800, eu appearing arts reveled in a kaleidoscope of Otherness: Middle-Eastern harem ladies, fortune-telling Spanish 'Gypsies', Incan monks, Barbary pirates, moresca dancers, and extra. during this prequel to his 2009 booklet Musical Exoticism, Ralph P. Locke explores how unique locales and their population have been characterised in musical genres starting from instrumental items and renowned songs to oratorios, ballets, and operas. Locke's learn bargains new insights into much-loved masterworks by way of composers equivalent to Cavalli, Lully, Purcell, Rameau, Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, and Mozart. In those works, evocations of ethnic and cultural Otherness frequently mingle allure with envy or worry, and a few items have been understood on the time as commenting on stipulations in Europe itself. Locke's obtainable research, including quite a few musical examples and infrequent illustrations, can be of curiosity to a person who's intrigued by means of the connection among track and cultural background and by way of the demanding situations of cross-cultural (mis)understanding.

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