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Peculiar Attunements: How Affect Theory Turned Musical

Roger Mathew Grant


Peculiar Attunements places the recent turn to affect into conversation with a parallel movement that took place in European music theory of the eighteenth century. During that time the affects—or the passions, as they were also called—formed a vital component of a mimetic model of the arts. Eighteenth-century critics held that artworks imitated or copied the natural world in order to produce copies of the affects in their beholders. But music caused a problem for these thinkers, since it wasn’t apparent that musical tones could imitate anything with any dependability (except, perhaps, for the ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, affect, attunement, emotions, Hegel, music theory, opera, Rameau, Rousseau, sound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288069
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Mathew Grant, author
Wesleyan University