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By Andrew Dell'Antonio

The early 17th century, while the 1st operas have been written and technical advances with far-reaching consequences—such as tonal music—began to advance, can be awesome for one more shift: the displacement of aristocratic music-makers by way of a brand new specialist classification of performers. during this publication, Andrew Dell’Antonio appears at a comparable phenomenon: the increase of a cultivated viewers whose ability concerned listening instead of enjoying or making a song. Drawing from contemporaneous discourses and different commentaries on track, the visible arts, and Church doctrine, Dell’Antonio hyperlinks the hot principles approximately cultivated listening with different highbrow developments of the interval: humanistic studying, contemplative listening (or observing) as an energetic religious perform, and musical mysticism as a great promoted by way of the Church as a part of the Catholic Reformation.

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