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- DescriptionEarly seventeenth-century Italy saw a revolution in instrumental music. Large, varied, and experimental, the new instrumental repertoire was crucial for the Western tradition but until w, the impulses that gave rise to it had yet to be fully explored. Curious and Modern Inventions offers fresh insight into the motivating forces behind this music, tracing it to a new conception of instruments of all sorts whether musical, artistic, or scientific as vehicles of discovery. Rebecca Cypess shows that early modern thinkers were fascinated with instrumental techlogies. The telescope, the clock, the pen, the lute these were vital instruments for leading thinkers of the age, from Galileo Galilei to Giambattista Mari. No longer used merely to remake an object or repeat a process already kwn, instruments were increasingly seen as tools for open-ended inquiry that would lead to new kwledge. Engaging with themes from the history of science, literature, and the visual arts, this study reveals the intimate connections between instrumental music and the scientific and artisanal tools that served to mediate between individuals and the world around them.
- Author BiographyRebecca Cypess is assistant professor of music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is coeditor of the two-volume collection Word, Image, and Song.
- Author(s)Rebecca Cypess
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2016
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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