Galant

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November 1678, first issue of the Mercure Galant

The galant style was a movement in music, visual arts and literature which was popular in the middle of the 18th century France and in Germany, where it was called the Empfindsamer Stil.[1] It is also synonymous with rococo style, and was drawn in opposition to the strictures of the Baroque style, emphasizing light elegance in place of the Baroque's dignified seriousness and impressive grandeur.[2][3]

Music[edit]

In music, the galant emphasis was on simplicity, immediacy of appeal, and elegance.[4][5]

Fashion[edit]

In fashion, galant featured perfumed handkerchiefs and powdered wigs for both sexes.[6]

Entertainments of Gallantry (1712)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daugherty, James F. "The Classical Period (1775-1825)". University of Kansas. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  2. ^ Hoffer, Charles (2012). Music Listening Today (4 ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 123. ISBN 9780495916147. LCCN 2010940572. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  3. ^ Bachus, Nancy, ed. (2006-07-01). The Baroque Piano: The Influence of Society, Style, and Musical Trends on the Great Piano Composers. Alfred Music. p. 69. ISBN 0739042955. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Style Galant". Lcsproductions.net. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  5. ^ White, Chappell (1994). From Vivaldi to Viotti: A History of the Early Classical Violin Concerto. Gordon and Breach. p. xiv. ISBN 2881244955. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  6. ^ Daniel, Ralph Thomas. "Western music: The sonata and concerto". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of galant at Wiktionary