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Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy

Rebecca Cypess


Italy in the early seventeenth century witnessed a revolution in the composition of instrumental music. Large, varied, and strikingly experimental in nature, this new repertoire constituted arguably the first significant body of independent, idiomatic instrumental music in the western tradition. In an age most widely known for its innovations in vocal music, Galileo Galilei explained that, in fact, it was instrumental music that was most effective as a means to “awaken the secret affetti of our soul.” In their new approach to instruments, musical composers were not alone. Instruments of all ki ... More

Keywords: instrumental music, early modern Italy, Baroque, instruments, instrumentality, Stile moderno, Seconda prattica

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226319445
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226319582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Cypess, author
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey