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The End of Early MusicA Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189872.001.0001

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Baroque Expression and Romantic Expression Compared

Baroque Expression and Romantic Expression Compared

(p.165) 10 Baroque Expression and Romantic Expression Compared
The End of Early Music

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

It was only in the early 20th century that music historians rediscovered the importance of rhetoric as the basis of aesthetic and theoretical concepts in earlier music. An entire discipline that had once been the common property of every educated man has had to be rediscovered and reconstructed during the intervening decades, and only now is it beginning to be understood how much Western art music has depended on rhetorical concepts. What Windows is to computers, rhetoric was to Baroque and Renaissance musicians. And although it was applied to music from the outside, in a sense it would be more accurate to describe music as one form that rhetoric took. This chapter compares Baroque expression with Romantic expression in music, and discusses affection or meaning in music, Romantic vision of an absolute music, and the marginalisation of rhetoric in favor of beauty or aesthetics.

Keywords:   rhetoric, Baroque expression, Romantic expression, aesthetics, absolute music, affection

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