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Sonatas and Partitas, newsletter #31Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have added a new video, Articulation in Early Music, Part-one, to the www.SonatasAndPartitas.com (http://www.sonatasandpartitas.com/) website.
Nicholaus Harnoncourt often pointed out that while the music of the Romantic period paints, Baroque music speaks. Rhetoric was a very important facet of most areas of study in Bach’s time, and he himself taught it to his students in Leipzig. The advent of rhetoric in music was a direct outgrowth of the Renaissance period when the Greek revival was in full swing. However, rhetoric made its way into music only after the other arts, and indeed this is one of the concepts that spurred on the Baroque period, rhetorical music being a prominent feature of the so called “Secunda Pratica” --the “Second Practise.” This term was coined by Monteverdi, whose music clearly spans the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque. (“Prima Pratica” referred to renaissance polyphony). It is definitely a fascinating time in history.
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If you prefer to read instead of watching a video, there is an article on the website that discusses the matter as well.
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With best wishes,
Frank and Heather
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