Telemann’s Polish Style and the “True Barbaric Beauty” of the Musical Other
Previous studies of Telemann’s style polonais have concerned themselves above all with defining the idiom, mostly in terms of rhythm and meter, and cataloging its occurrences in his works. This chapter instead considers how the composer enlisted the style polonais to generate musical and social meanings for his audience. It shows that these meanings depended principally on a series of dichotomies that still resonate in the modern world: East versus West, high/urban versus low/rural, and serious versus comic.
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