This is, perhaps, unsurprising since--on the one hand--chromaticism in tonal music, be it concert music, film music, or what have you, has remained an enduring topic of inquiry for analysis since at least the days of the Florentine Camerata
at the end of the 16th century.
He explores the goals of the Florentine Camerata
as it looked backward to the Greek tragedies.
Peri took his lead from the society of poets, musicians and noblemen known as the Florentine Camerata
. Seeking to recreate the performance style of classical Greek and Roman drama, they came up with what developed into that operatic staple, recitative: the declamatory speech-like singing style beloved of opera mickey-takers.
The traditions of European opera grew out of the intellectual theories of the Florentine Camerata
overlaid with influences of music and drama from the church and commedia dell'arte.
I would like to have been a member of the Florentine Camerata
and participated in philosophic explorations and practical realizations of a new approach to meaning in music.
Opera, with its claims of ties to ancient Greek theater, posited as sung drama by the Florentine Camerata
, caused particular anxiety in France where those in the traditionalist camp viewed it as an upstart genre far inferior to spoken tragedy.
The Florentine Camerata
's attempt to recover the cosmic dimension of music was accompanied by the discovery of its mundane basis in laws of physics: Vincenzo Galilei's scientific experiments with sound turned musical values into facts.