Music Term: Affections, doctrine of
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Affections, doctrine of

Definition and background:

A theory that arose during the Baroque period that prescribed certain musical methods and figures for summoning or portraying individual emotions. For example, happiness would be aroused through the use of faster notes. and major sonorities, sadness through minor keys and slower movement, anger through loudness and harsh discordant harmonies.

For more information on the music term "Affections, doctrine of" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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