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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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Foreword to the Second Edition


I have been encouraged to publish this second edition of The Musical Rhetoric of the Polish Baroque (originally published in 2006 by the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press) by the warm reception of the scientific community, notably the Lublin Scientific Prize (Premium Scientiarum Lublinense) bestowed by the Lublin Scientific Society, the positive reviews of musicologists,1 as well as the fact that several academic centres introduced my book onto their register of academic readings.

I thank the Polihymnia Musical Editions for their interest in my book and publishing this second edition, as well as Dorota Kapusta who supervised its new DTP.

Tomasz Jasiński

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