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Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music
Music was a subject of considerable debate during the Renaissance. The notion that music could be interpreted in a meaningful way clashed regularly with evidence that music was in fact profoundly promiscuous in its application and effects. Subsequently, much writing in the period reflects a desire to ward off music's illegibility rather than come to terms with its actual ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Cornell University Press
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Although I didn't read the book cover to cover, I felt that the book was very enlightening. It was great that Ortiz exposed the politics behind the music which was used. However, there were times when you could tell that the Ovidian analysis was overbearing. He mentioned how the original title was going to include 'Ovid' in it, and I think that often led his text away from the focus on music. Overall, there are some very good points which are made here, but perhaps it needs some more focus on ...more