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J. G. Williamson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314445

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Rhetoric and Music: The Influence of a Linguistic Art

Rhetoric and Music: The Influence of a Linguistic Art

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Words and Music

Jasmin Cameron

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between rhetoric and music, with an emphasis on the role of rhetoric in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century culture and how it was absorbed into the musical theory and practice of the day. It then considers the relevance of rhetoric to musical analysis by offering a rhetorical critique on a short section of vocal music from this period: Jan Dismas Zelenka's ‘Crucifixus’ from Missa Paschalis ZWV 7. Aristotle's The Art of Rhetoric, regarded as one of the foundation stones of rhetoric as a discipline, identifies three distinct areas of persuasion: ethos, pathos and logical proof. Another major influence on the thought process of musical theorists of the time was the work of the French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650).

Keywords:   Jan Dismas Zelenka, rhetoric, music, Aristotle, culture, musical theory, musical analysis, vocal music, persuasion, René Descartes

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