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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jasiński, Tomasz, 1958- [Polska barokowa retoryka muzyczna. English] The musical rhetoric of the Polish baroque / Tomasz Jasiński ; translated by Wojciech Bońkowski. pages cm — (Eastern European studies in musicology, ISSN 2193-8342 ; volume 4) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-62760-0 1. Music—Poland—17th century—History and criticism. 2. Music—Poland—17th century—Analysis, appreciation. I. Bońkowski, Wojciech, translator. II. Title. ML297.3.J3713 2015 780.9438'09032—dc23


The Publication is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland as a part of the National Program for the Development of the Humanities. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Originally published as Polska barokowa retoryka muzyczna, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin 2006

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