Cherubino's Leap: In Search of the Enlightenment Moment by Richard Kramer

By Richard Kramer

For the Enlightenment brain, from Moses Mendelssohn’s specialize in the instant of shock on the middle of the murals to Herder’s imagining of the seismic second at which language was once came upon, it's the flash of popularity that nails the essence of the paintings, the blink of an eye fixed during which one’s global changes. 

In Cherubino’s Leap, Richard Kramer unmasks such prismatic moments in iconic song from the Enlightenment, from the “chromatic” moment—the unmarried tone that disturbs the thrust of a diatonic musical discourse—and its deployment in seminal instrumental works through Emanuel Bach, Haydn, and Mozart; directly to the poetic second, taking the odes of Klopstock, of their finely wrought prosody, as a problem to the matter of strophic tune; and eventually to the grand degree of opera, to the serious second of popularity in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and the exquisitely introverted word that complicates Cherubino’s bold second of break out in Mozart’s Figaro. ultimately, the tears of the disconsolate Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail galvanize a mirrored image at the tragic element of Mozart’s operatic girls. all through, different gamers from literature and the arts—Diderot, Goethe, Lessing between them—enrich the panorama of this daring trip in the course of the Enlightenment imagination.

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