By Richard Kramer
In Cherubino’s Leap, Richard Kramer unmasks such prismatic moments in iconic song from the Enlightenment, from the “chromatic” moment—the unmarried tone that disturbs the thrust of a diatonic musical discourse—and its deployment in seminal instrumental works through Emanuel Bach, Haydn, and Mozart; directly to the poetic second, taking the odes of Klopstock, of their finely wrought prosody, as a problem to the matter of strophic tune; and eventually to the grand degree of opera, to the serious second of popularity in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and the exquisitely introverted word that complicates Cherubino’s bold second of break out in Mozart’s Figaro. ultimately, the tears of the disconsolate Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail galvanize a mirrored image at the tragic point of Mozart’s operatic girls. all through, different gamers from literature and the arts—Diderot, Goethe, Lessing between them—enrich the panorama of this daring trip throughout the Enlightenment imagination.
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