What does Lorenzo's speech from the merchant of Venice' reveal about attitudes towards music in Renaissance England?
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Lorenzo orders music to celebrate Portia’s homecoming. The attitude being that music has an innate power to change a man’s nature. Music changes how we see characters and allows us a glimpse of their emotions. Music is seen to lighten moods and sweeten dispostions.
The Merchant of Venice
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yes act V
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The reason is, your spirits are attentive:
For do but note a wild and wanton herd,
Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud,
Which is the hot condition of their blood;
If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,
Or any air of music touch their ears,
You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,
Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze
By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones and floods;
Since nought so stockish, hard and full of rage,
But music for the time doth change his nature.