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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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Portraiture in Motion

Portraiture in Motion

Instrumental Music and the Representation of the Affetti

(p.79) Chapter 3 Portraiture in Motion
Curious and Modern Inventions

Rebecca Cypess

University of Chicago Press

Theorists connected musical works with visual portraits, which preserved the memory of the subject for posterity. I argue for a new understanding of instrumental works with character-trait titles (e.g. “The Gracious One”) with portraits in other media, including Giambattista Marino’s poetic collection La galeria (“The [portrait] gallery”). Some pieces with character-trait titles are dance works, which may interpreted alongside the multi-media portraiture advocated by Fabritio Caroso’s dance manual Nobiltà di dame (1600). Other works with such titles are sonatas, which use the quickly changing idiom of the stile moderno to portray the affetti in a complex manner. Instruments of music functioned as instruments of portraiture, expressing the affetti of the subject as clearly as the painter’s brush.

Keywords:   portraiture, dance, sonata, Fabritio Caroso, Giambattista Marino, Isabella Andreini, La galeria, Stile moderno, Affetti

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