Happening upon the title Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770–1830, one might suppose that the book places music in a rather esoteric conceptual configuration that held cultural relevance only for the delimited place and time. Do not be so fooled. In this work of sensitive and imaginative scholarship, Ellen Lockhart demonstrates a previously unrecognized centrality of the animated statue—the stone human figure that comes to life—to the development of Western aesthetic thought and operatic practice. Deftly traversing a wide range of sources, Lockhart shows how the animated statue ties together a rich late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century world of musical theater, aesthetic theory, nationhood fantasies, sciences of the body,...
Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770–1830, by Ellen Lockhart
DEIRDRE LOUGHRIDGE is Assistant Professor of Music at Northeastern University. Her first book, Haydn's Sunrise, Beethoven's Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2016), won the Kenshur Prize for an outstanding monograph in eighteenth-century studies. As a 2019–20 member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, she is working on a book on music's roles in divergent understandings of human-machine relations, primarily in the eighteenth century and today.
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Deirdre Loughridge; Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770–1830, by Ellen Lockhart. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 April 2020; 73 (1): 177–182. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2020.73.1.177
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