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About the Book
Joachim Burmeister's early seventeenth-century treatise on the making of music is generally acknowledged to be central to the understanding of Baroque musical practice: it was the first systematically to explore the connection between rhetoric and music that became a cornerstone of Baroque musical thought. But until now neither a reliable modern edition nor a full translation of this seminal work has existed. This much-needed edition by Benito V. Rivera contains a critical transcription of the Latin text and an annotated translation on facing pages.

In a lengthy introduction to the book, Rivera reviews Burmeister's two earlier treatises on musical composition, analyzes Musical Poetics as a whole, and places it within its historical context. An appendix to the edition reproduces the passages of music cited by Burmeister, greatly facilitating the interpretation of Burmeister's explanations of the rhetorical figures. The book will be of interest to music historians and theorists as well as to scholars of rhetoric.

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780300051100
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Imprint: Yale University Press
Depth: 32
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 29 mm
Width: 160 mm
ISBN-10: 0300051107
Publisher Date: 28 Jul 1993
Binding: Hardback
Height: 232 mm
No of Pages: 336
Series Title: Music Theory Translation Series
Weight: 771.8 gr
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