‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’: body, soul, and the singing voice

Wistreich, R. (2017) ‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’: body, soul, and the singing voice. Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 9 (8). n/a. ISSN 1759-3085

Text (Journal article)
» ‘Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh’ Body, Soul, and the Singing Voice final.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (483kB) | Preview


This essay considers how early modern constructions of the singing voice are embedded into a range of philosophical discourses that spread far wider than the usual concerns of music scholarship. Taking as a case study, Battista Guarini's poem 'Mentre vaga Angioletta' (1581), it investigates of some of the broader concepts, both philosophical and ‘scientific’, which lie behind the poem’s engagement with the operation of a particular singing voice, and its effects on the body of the one who listens. It provides a model for fresh ways of considering a fundamental human phenomenon, that is important to comprehending early modern consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: voice; singing; soul; early modern;hearing; Guarini; Ferrara; Monteverdi; Primaudaye; Agrippa; Francis Bacon;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
Division: Musicology
Depositing User: Richard Wistreich
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 15:10
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/124

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item