By Richard Kramer
In Cherubino’s Leap, Richard Kramer unmasks such prismatic moments in iconic track 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 music; and at last to the grand level 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 get away in Mozart’s Figaro. eventually, the tears of the disconsolate Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail impress a mirrored image at the tragic point of Mozart’s operatic ladies. all through, different avid gamers from literature and the arts—Diderot, Goethe, Lessing between them—enrich the panorama of this daring trip in the course of the Enlightenment imagination.
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