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The Musical Rhetoric of the Polish Baroque

The Musical Rhetoric of the Polish Baroque


Tomasz Jasinski

This book looks at the rich means of text interpretation in seventeenth and eighteenth century Polish music, a relatively unknown phenomenon. The works of old Polish masters exhibit many ingenious and beautiful solutions in musical oration, which will appeal to wide circles of lovers and experts of old music. One of the fundamental components of baroque musical poetics was music-rhetorical figures, which were the main means of shaping expression – the base and quintessence of musical rhetoric. It was by means of figures that composers built the musical interpretation of a verbal text, developing pictorial, emphatic, onomatopoeic, symbolic, and allegorical structures that rendered emotions and meanings carried by the verbal level of a musical piece.
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Tomasz Jasiński is Professor at the Institute of Music at the Faculty of Arts of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. He received his PhD from the Catholic University of Lublin and his postdoctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He is the author of studies on early music as well as the Editor of the journal “Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska. Artes”.

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