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Cherubino's Leap: In Search of the Enlightenment Moment (Hardback)
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Cherubino's Leap: In Search of the Enlightenment Moment (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 16/12/2016
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For the Enlightenment mind, from Moses Mendelssohn's focus on the moment of surprise at the heart of the work of art to Herder's imagining of the seismic moment at which language was discovered, it is the flash of recognition that nails the essence of the work, the blink of an eye in which one's world changes. In Cherubino's Leap, Richard Kramer unmasks such prismatic moments in a range of iconic instrumental works by Emanuel Bach, Haydn, and Mozart; in the musical engagement with the formidable odes of Friedrich Klopstock; and, on the grand stage of opera, at the intense moment of recognition in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride and the exquisitely introverted phrase that complicates Cherubino's daring escape in Mozart's Figaro. Finally, the tears of the disconsolate Konstanze in Mozart's Entf hrung inspire a reflection on the tragic aspect of the composer's operatic women. Other players from literature and the arts Diderot, Goethe, Lessing among them enrich the landscape of this journey through the Enlightenment imagination.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226377896
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


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In this provocative book, Kramer explores musical moments that foster intense engagement by the listener. With a virtuosic range of reference to Enlightenment thinkers, and with heart-catching analyses of words set to music, Cherubino s Leapseeks to understand the inner ear of several important composers by working outward from brief but powerful evocations of meaning in their works. A welcome offering from one of our most profoundly musical scholars. --Elaine Sisman, author of Haydn and the Classical Variation"
Cherubino s Leap is an excellent study by an outstanding musical thinker. It is a work sui generis, an elegant, refined, uncompromising exploration of critical passages in eighteenth-century masterpieces. This is engagement with music at the deepest level. --William Drabkin, editor of Music Analysis"
"In this provocative book, Kramer explores musical moments that foster intense engagement by the listener. With a virtuosic range of reference to Enlightenment thinkers, and with heart-catching analyses of words set to music, Cherubino's Leap seeks to understand the 'inner ear' of several important composers by working outward from brief but powerful evocations of meaning in their works. A welcome offering from one of our most profoundly musical scholars."--Elaine Sisman, author of Haydn and the Classical Variation
"Cherubino's Leap is an excellent study by an outstanding musical thinker. It is a work sui generis, an elegant, refined, uncompromising exploration of critical passages in eighteenth-century masterpieces. This is engagement with music at the deepest level."--William Drabkin, editor of Music Analysis
"A withdrawal from the grandeur of the monograph into a more lyrical world of fragments and essays, strange and productively uneven tapestries, captivating islands of colourful aper us poetically abandoned in seas of a sometimes baffling, threadbare weave. . . . Exquisite . . . . If Cherubino's Leap has such a wealth to offer to our historical understanding of the various ends of the long eighteenth century, it has even more to offer us in terms of the pleasures of the scholarly act itself."
--James R. Currie "Eighteenth-Century Music "

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