In terms of sexuality, the Baroque period sees an evolution culminating in more clear-cut definitions and fixity: the establishment of two dimorphic sexes, which sustain physiologically grounded sexual and gender roles, concomitant with, and sustained in part by, the definition and marginalization of the homosexual. The modern sexual identities thus established depend no less on the emergence of the introspective, desiring subject, whose elaboration begins in the context of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the ensuing reorganization of the central religious and social institutions of confession and marriage. However, all these developments happened gradually and unevenly. Consequently, the Baroque is irreducibly marked by transition, multiplicity, lability, complexity, and the coexistence of differing models, ideas, and practices. Keywords: Baroque , sexuality , homosexuality , gender roles , marriage , confession. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.
Sex and Music: The Renaissance and Early Baroque : Interlude
Don't have an account? This chapter examines two kinds of sex in everyday life: classical and baroque. Classical sex is romantic, profound, serious, emotional, moral, mysterious, spontaneous, abandoned, focused on a particular person, and stereotypically feminine. The sexual revolution, as it is usually defined, has been almost exclusively concerned with liberating baroque impulses from the confines of an exaggeratedly classical puritanism. The result has been an equally distorting cultural obsession with the baroque.
Don't have an account? Classical sex is romantic, profound, serious, emotional, moral, mysterious, spontaneous, abandoned, focused on a particular person, and stereotypically feminine. She outlines how classical and baroque sex differ with regards to factors such as time, location, number, lighting, clothing, food, drugs, music, pornography, sex manuals, devices, sexism, feminism, and national characters. For instance, with regards to time, sex at night is classical; so are sunrise and sunset, while high noon and half an hour before dinner or during dinner are baroque.
The Renaissance — the sixteenth century time of rebirth was also a time for musical games. One of the greatest games of the day was sex. Musical references to sex were everywhere and especially in the madrigal.