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

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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.

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