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Cherubino's Leap: In Search of the Enlightenment Moment

Richard Kramer

Abstract

For the Enlightenment mind, from Moses Mendelssohn's focus on the moment of surprise at the heart of the work of art to Herder's imagining of the seismic moment at which language was discovered, it is the flash of recognition that nails the essence of the work, the blink of an eye in which one's world changes. This book unmasks such prismatic moments in iconic music from the Enlightenment, from the “chromatic” moment—the single tone that disturbs the thrust of a diatonic musical discourse—and its deployment in seminal instrumental works by Emanuel Bach, Haydn, and Mozart; on to the poetic mome ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Klopstock, opera, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226377896
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226384085.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Kramer, author
CUNY Graduate Center

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