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Curious and Modern InventionsInstrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy$
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Rebecca Cypess

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226319445

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226319582.001.0001

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Instruments of the Affetti

Instruments of the Affetti

Biagio Marini’s Affetti Musicali (1617)

(p.51) Chapter 2 Instruments of the Affetti
Curious and Modern Inventions

Rebecca Cypess

University of Chicago Press

Biagio Marini’s Affetti musicali was one of the earliest and most important collections of instrumental music in the stile moderno. Marini’s preface offers evidence of the first social usage of this music—in gatherings of progressive listeners and patrons in Venice. Exploration of the modes of civility and discourse that dominated such gatherings sheds light on the music. The theory of “conversazione” (conversation) set forth in the work of Stefano Guazzo provides a model for understanding Marini’s musical affetti, and collections of letters by the poet and abbot Angelo Grillo shows how such affetti were thought to be preserved through publication. These literary models shed light on their musical counterpart in Marini’s work: by offering a series of test-pieces in the new instrumental style, Marini stimulated “conversazione” about his musical experiments; this social discourse helped to give the music its affective power.

Keywords:   Biagio Marini, Affetti musicali, Affetti, Venice, instrumental music, Stefano Guazzo, civil conversation, conversazione, Angelo Grillo, letters

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