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"Through A Glass Darkly": Music And Mysticism In Golden Age Spain

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This essay is to explore the musical tropes underlying Fray Luis's mystical homage to his friend Salinas, with the aim of bringing the relationship between music and mysticism in the 16th century into sharper focus. His citation of Pythagoras and Augustine is crucial to an understanding of Fray Luis's poem, with its evocation of the harmony of the spheres and its tacit assumption of the ability of music to awaken the soul to contemplation of the divine. The historiographical tradition of seeing Spanish sacred music of the 16th century &t;through a glass darkly&t; has tended to muddy the waters as regards the relationship between music and mysticism. Trend's attempt to divorce musical development from its broader cultural context by suggesting that Victoria's style could be explained purely by the influence of the Italian madrigalists is perhaps an understandable reaction to the nationalistically inspired notion of Victoria as mystic.

Keywords: Augustine; glass darkly; Italian madrigalists; mysticism; Pythagoras; Spanish; Victoria



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