The Physiologist at the Opera: Claude Perrault and the Politics of Pleasure in the Ancien Régime

22 February 2010, 17:00 - 19:00


Professor Veit Erlmann (Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin) 

Professor Erlmann will talk about Du bruit, a text written in 1680 by Claude Perrault and in which he advanced his “animist” critique of Cartesian mechanism. This text, together with several minor pieces by Perrault on opera,  suggests that Perrault was one of the first modern theorists who argued for a new, more subjective type of aurality. This aurality might alter the prevailing interpretations of “Baroque” music in terms of “Affektenlehre” or Cartesianism.

Professor Erlmann has been invited through the Mellon CDI Invited Fellows Programme, part of the Mellon Centre for Disciplinary  Innovation at CRASSH. This lecture is in conjunction with the Lent Term 2010 seminars,  Music and Society.  Professor Erlmann's lecture is open to all and no registration is required.


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