Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France
By (author) Kate Van Orden
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Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France by Kate Van Orden
Book DescriptionIn this groundbreaking new study, Kate van Orden examines noble education in the arts to show how music contributed to cultural and social transformation in early modern French society. She constructs a fresh account of music's importance in promoting the absolutism that the French nonarchy would fully embrace under Louis XIV, uncovering many hitherto unpublished ballets and royal ceremonial performances. The great pressure on French noblemen to take up the life of the warrior gave rise to bellicose art forms such as sword dances and equestrian ballets. Far from being construed as effeminizing, such combinations of music and the martial arts were at once refined and masculine - a perfect way to display military prowess. The incursion of music into riding schools and infantry drills contributed materially to disciplinary order, enabling the larger and more effective armies of the seventeenth century. This book is a history of the development of these musical spheres and how they brought forth new cultural priorities of civility, military discipline, and political harmony. Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France effectively illustrates the seminal role music played in mediating between the cultural spheres of letters and arms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226849768
(243mm x 180mm x 27mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kate Van Orden
Materialities, Hardback (August 2015)
Materialities is a cultural history of song on the page. Concentrating on print in the early modern period, it approaches its topic via the French chanson, arguably the most broadly disseminated genre of polyphony in the sixteenth century.
Music, Authorship, and the Book in the First Century of Print, Hardback (December 2013)» View all books by Kate Van Orden
What do we mean when we identify a composer as the creator of a piece of music? Does a printed piece of music embody the work, even if the composer is not the person who puts the work on paper? In this cultural history of Western music's adaptation to print, this title looks at how the concept of musical authorship took root.
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Author Biography - Kate Van Orden
Kate van Orden is associate professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley and editor of "Music and the Cultures of Print."
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