Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music by Joseph M. Ortiz

By Joseph M. Ortiz

Music was once a topic of substantial debate throughout the Renaissance. The thought that song should be interpreted in a significant manner clashed on a regular basis with facts that track was once in truth profoundly promiscuous in its software and results. in this case, a lot writing within the interval displays a wish to push back music's illegibility instead of come to phrases with its genuine results. In Broken Harmony, Joseph M. Ortiz revises our realizing of music's courting to language in Renaissance England. within the technique he indicates the measure to which discussions of song have been ideologically and politically charged.

Offering a traditionally nuanced account of the early sleek debate over song, in addition to shut readings of numerous of Shakespeare's performs (including Titus Andronicus, The service provider of Venice, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale) and Milton’s A Maske, Ortiz demanding situations the consensus that music’s affinity with poetry was once largely authorised, or perhaps wanted, by way of Renaissance poets. Shakespeare greater than the other early glossy poet uncovered the fault traces within the debate approximately music’s functionality in artwork, again and again staging disruptive scenes of tune that divulge an underlying fight among textual and sensuous specialists. Such musical interventions in textual reviews spotlight the importance of sound as a cultured and sensory adventure self reliant of any narrative function.

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By Joseph M. Ortiz

Music was once a topic of substantial debate throughout the Renaissance. The thought that song should be interpreted in a significant manner clashed on a regular basis with facts that track was once in truth profoundly promiscuous in its software and results. in this case, a lot writing within the interval displays a wish to push back music's illegibility instead of come to phrases with its genuine results. In Broken Harmony, Joseph M. Ortiz revises our realizing of music's courting to language in Renaissance England. within the technique he indicates the measure to which discussions of song have been ideologically and politically charged.

Offering a traditionally nuanced account of the early sleek debate over song, in addition to shut readings of numerous of Shakespeare's performs (including Titus Andronicus, The service provider of Venice, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale) and Milton’s A Maske, Ortiz demanding situations the consensus that music’s affinity with poetry was once largely authorised, or perhaps wanted, by way of Renaissance poets. Shakespeare greater than the other early glossy poet uncovered the fault traces within the debate approximately music’s functionality in artwork, again and again staging disruptive scenes of tune that divulge an underlying fight among textual and sensuous specialists. Such musical interventions in textual reviews spotlight the importance of sound as a cultured and sensory adventure self reliant of any narrative function.

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Leupold, in Luther’s Works, vol. 53 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965), cited in Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin, Music in the Western World: A History in Documents (New York: Schirmer, 1984), 101. 2 Thus the attempt to find meaning in birdsong, whether by Luther or Gascoigne, requires turning a deaf ear to the alienating effect of nonverbal sound — an effect that Ovid is so fond of re-creating. In this chapter, I argue that Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus returns to Ovid’s Philomela in order to explore the possibility of meaning in music.

Luther, in Weiss and Taruskin, Music in the Western World, 102. 36 C h apt e r 1 Luther’s comments, strikingly echoed in Titus’s claim that he “will wrest an alphabet” from Lavinia’s sighs and tears, argue that expressiveness wins after all, with or without words. ” His questions — “Shall I speak for thee? ” This is the condition of music. Music, because of its uncontrollable promiscuity in relation to language, requires a violent act of “translation,” most often in the form of an intensely regulated system of codification or theory, in order to be perceived as meaningful.

Chiron. Write down thy mind, bewray thy meaning so, An if thy stumps will let thee play the scribe. 1–4) 32. Heather James, Shakespeare’s Troy: Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 64. 33. The pit has often been read as a metaphor for the female genitalia in a particularly monstrous form. , Titus Andronicus (London: Routledge, 1995), 7–10. ” At this precise moment, Shakespeare inserts one of his cruelest puns, immediately followed in the First Folio by one of the play’s most ambiguous musical stage directions: Chiron.

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