Renaissance, Baroque and Mesmerism

The listening examples of Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque music from this week’s class are now available here.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I’m making the end of Act 1 of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte available to you here if you want to know what Judith Becker was describing as a parody of Mesmer’s techniques in Deep Listeners (page 17). The parody occurs between 01:38 and 02:17 with Despina’s singing in a rather nasally timbre the following text:

Quest è quel pezzo di calamita / pietra mesmerica, / ch’ebbe l’origine nell’Alemagna, / che poi sì celebre là in Francia fu [This is that piece of magnet, / Mesmer’s stone, / that originated in Germany, / then was so famous there in France ]

Enjoy your weekends!


About kgoldschmitt
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New College of Florida, music scholar for hire.

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