Adrian Willaert and the Theory of Interval Affect: The by Timothy R. McKinney

By Timothy R. McKinney

Within the writings of Nicola Vicentino (1555) and Gioseffo Zarlino (1558) is located, for the 1st time, a scientific technique of explaining music's expressive energy dependent upon the explicit melodic and harmonic periods from which it truly is developed. yet this 'theory of period affect' originates now not with those theorists, yet with their instructor, influential Venetian composer Adrian Willaert (1490-1562). simply because Willaert left no theoretical writings of his personal, Timothy McKinney makes use of Willaert's tune to reconstruct his cutting edge theories touching on how track may converse extramusical principles. For Willaert, the appellations 'major' and 'minor' not signified in simple terms the bigger and smaller of a couple of like-numbered periods; quite, they turned different types of sonic personality, the participants of that are similar by means of a shared sounding estate of 'majorness' or 'minorness' that may be manipulated for expressive reasons. This e-book engages with the madrigals of Willaert's landmark song nova assortment and demonstrates that they articulate a concept of musical have an effect on extra complicated and forward-looking than well-known presently. The e-book additionally strains the origins of 1 of the main frequent musical institutions in Western tradition: the thought that significant periods, chords and scales are appropriate for the expression of chuffed affections, and minor for unhappy ones. McKinney concludes by means of discussing the effect of Willaert's concept at the madrigals of composers corresponding to Vicentino, Zarlino, Cipriano de Rore, Girolamo Parabosco, Perissone Cambio, Francesco dalla Viola, and Baldassare Donato, and describes the eventual transformation of the idea of period impact from the Renaissance view dependent upon person periods measured from the bass, to the Baroque view dependent upon invertible triadic entities.

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Palisca, “Mode Ethos in the Renaissance,” in Essays in Musicology: A Tribute to Alvin Johnson (Philadelphia: American Musicological Society, 1990), pp. 126–39; Bernhard Meier, The Modes of Classical Vocal Polyphony Described According to the Sources, trans. Ellen Beebe (New York: Broude Brothers, 1988; original German edition 1974), pp. 385– 405 and passim; Bernhard Meier, “Rhetorical Aspects of the Renaissance Modes,” Journal of the Royal Music Association 115/2 (1990), pp. 182–90; Manfred Cordes, “Tonart und Affekt in der Musik des 16.

D. dissertation, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1996), pp. 281–92; Harold S. v. “Mode” in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second ed. (London: Macmillan, 2001); Wiering, The Language of the Modes: Studies in the History of Polyphonic Music (New York and London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 13–15, 160, and passim; and Hartmut Krones, “Secundus tonus est gravis et flebilis—Tertius tonus severus est: Zur Semantik der Modi in Trauermotetten der Zeit um 1500,” in Stefan Gasch and Birgit Lodes (eds), Tod in Musik und Kultur: Zum 500.

305–17; Schiltz, “Vulgari orecchie – purgate orecchie”, pp. 190–99. See also Anne Smith’s discussion of Willaert’s Ave regina caelorum in “Willaert Motets and Mode,” Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis 16 (1992), pp. 151–2. 89 McClary, Modal Subjectivities, p. 122. McClary includes Verdelot, Arcadelt, and Rore along with Willaert in this regard. ”94 Recently Michèle Fromson referred to “perplexing questions about the aesthetic quality of his music that still await satisfactory answers,” and summarized the issue as follows: From a modern perspective, however, the most notable feature of these late madrigals is their unusually dense and continuous contrapuntal idiom, which largely eschews imitative textures, clear cadential articulations, distinctive rhythmic patterns and tuneful melodic ideas (soggetti), which are no longer restricted to their conventional positions in the soprano and tenor parts but now roam freely and unpredictably among diverse vocal combinations.

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