Music Term: Affections, doctrine of
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.
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