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Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617093

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  • This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Rameau synthesised the vocabulary and grammar of musical practice into a concise scientific system, earning himself the popular title of 'Newton of the Arts'. Ranging widely over the musical and intellectual thought of the eighteenth century, Thomas Christensen is able to orient Rameau's accomplishments in the light of speculative and practical considerations of music theory as well as many of the scientific ideas current in the French Enlightenment. He shows how Rameau incorporates ideas ranging from neoplatonic thought and Cartesian mechanistic metaphysics to Locke's empirical psychology and Newtonian experimental science. Additional primary documents help clarify Rameau's fascinating and stormy relationship with the Encyclopedists, Diderot, Rousseau and d'Alembert.

    • Demonstrates strong links between music and science in the Enlightenment
    • Describes Rameau's relationship with the Encyclopedists, Diderot, Rousseau and d'Alembert
    • A book of wide interest to scholars of eighteenth-century science, the Enlightenment and the general history of ideas
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617093
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Foreword by Ian Bent
    1. Rameau and the Enlightenment
    2. Rameau as music theorist
    3. Precursors of harmonic theory
    4. The generative fundamental
    5. The fundamental bass
    6. The corps sonore
    7. Mode and modulation
    8. Rameau and the philosophes
    9. D'Alembert
    10. The final years
    Select bibliography
    Index of subjects
    Index of proper names.

  • Author

    Thomas Christensen, University of Iowa


    Ian Bent

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