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The Pathetick Musician: Moving an Audience in the Age of Eloquence

Bruce Haynes and Geoffrey Burgess


What is rhetorical music? This book illustrate the vital place of rhetoric and eloquent expression in the creation and performance of Baroque music. Through explorations of the cantatas of J.S. Bach, the chapters expose the conventional notion of historical authenticity in music, proposing adventurous new directions to reinvigorate the performance of early music in the modern setting. Along the way, the book investigates intersections between music and oratory, dance, gesture, poetry, painting and sculpture, and offer insights into figural elaboration, articulation, nuance and temporality. Thi ... More

Keywords: rhetorical music, J. S. Bach, Baroque music, early music, modern performance, classical rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199373734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Haynes, author
Former Associate Professor of Music, Universty of Montreal

Geoffrey Burgess, author
Instructor of Baroque Oboe, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

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