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1. MacGilvray, Brian. The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>.

Degree: PhD, Musicology, 2017, Case Western Reserve University

Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i> (1606), a collection of thirty-six Calvinist <i>chansons spirituelles</i>, are a neglected source of evidence relevant to his compromised position as a Huguenot in a French academic milieu controlled by Catholic royalists. Le Jeune is best known for his association with the Neoplatonic <i>Académie de poésie et de musique</i> (est. 1570) as a composer of <i>musique mesurée à l’antique</i>. In the <i>Octonaires</i>, he creates metric disorder by vacillating continually between homophonic <i>musique mesurée</i> and the imitative style that it was meant to replace. He also appears to select <i>musique mesurée</i> in a targeted way for verses that undermine its cosmological purpose, which was to represent and facilitate the Neoplatonic doctrines of universal harmonic movement (<i>harmonia mundi</i>) and divine reunion. Along with the circumstances of Le Jeune's career, the work's broader theological and philosophical context gives it the appearance of a retrospective critique, begun at the end of his life and after the Academy had been disbanded.This study draws new attention to the musical ramifications of a shift in ontological thought during the Renaissance: away from Platonic dualism and toward a Neoplatonic theory of cosmic unity and divine extension into matter, which became exposed thereby to the Protestant indictment of vanity. The study also identifies a hitherto overlooked connection between the poetic genre of "<i>octonaires</i>" on vanity and a contrary use of that term in sixteenth-century Neoplatonic and Hermetic literature. Both contexts relate the term to Psalm 119 (the <i>psaume octonaire</i>); in the latter context, the <i>octonaire</i> describes a metaphysical passage through the octave and, by analogy, the philosopher's ascent from the terrestrial to the eighth sphere  – a vain affront to Calvinist sensibilities. Advisors/Committee Members: McClary, Susan (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Art History; Art Criticism; Music; Philosophy; Religious History; Theology; Claude Le Jeune; Octonaires; Academy of Poetry and Music; Neoplatonism; Calvinism; Protestant music; vanitas; vanity; cosmology; ontology; musique mesuree; chansons spirituelles

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APA (6th Edition):

MacGilvray, B. (2017). The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>. (Doctoral Dissertation). Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1481567182875404

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

MacGilvray, Brian. “The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Case Western Reserve University. Accessed September 25, 2017. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1481567182875404.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

MacGilvray, Brian. “The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>.” 2017. Web. 25 Sep 2017.

Vancouver:

MacGilvray B. The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Case Western Reserve University; 2017. [cited 2017 Sep 25]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1481567182875404.

Council of Science Editors:

MacGilvray B. The Subversion of Neoplatonic Theory in Claude Le Jeune’s <i>Octonaires de la vanité et inconstance du monde</i>. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Case Western Reserve University; 2017. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1481567182875404

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