The Application of Musico-Rhetorical Theory to Stretto, Double, and Triple Fugue: Analyses of Contrapuncti V-XI from J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

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Title:
The Application of Musico-Rhetorical Theory to Stretto, Double, and Triple Fugue: Analyses of Contrapuncti V-XI from J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Author:
Marney, Dylan
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Analysis of Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) keyboard works and the study of fugue are often complemented by an understanding of Baroque rhetorical theory. In the Baroque Era, the principles of oration and argument established by Greek rhetoricians were thought of as analogous to musical ideas and forms. Notable Baroque theorists Joachim Burmeister (c. 1566-1629) and Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) related the fugal process to an active and elaborate discourse. They connected the basic parts of rhetorical disposition to fugue in an attempt to define and clarify its skeletal framework. While the concept of musico-rhetorical disposition schemes seems to be an attractive design for many Baroque theorists, it is difficult to apply such an analysis to stretto and double/triple fugues. This type of analysis sectionalizes the fugue in restrictive ways, linking particular musical techniques to different areas as would divide an oration. This document suggests that specific rhetorical figures do not need to be seen as fitting pre-set standard areas (e.g., propositio, confutatio, conclusio), but can derive from the context of each particular fugue, since they serve a prevailing musical function. Bach's stretto and double/triple fugues from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 are particularly difficult masterpieces to comprehend, and there is little precedence for the application of rhetorical figures to fugues of these types. This document examines Contrapuncti V-XI from The Art of the Fugue, and can serve as a model for rhetorical analyses of complex fugal processes.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Baroque; Fugue; Keyboard; Music; Rhetoric; Bach
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Milbauer, John

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dc.titleThe Application of Musico-Rhetorical Theory to Stretto, Double, and Triple Fugue: Analyses of Contrapuncti V-XI from J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080en_US
dc.creatorMarney, Dylanen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarney, Dylanen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAnalysis of Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) keyboard works and the study of fugue are often complemented by an understanding of Baroque rhetorical theory. In the Baroque Era, the principles of oration and argument established by Greek rhetoricians were thought of as analogous to musical ideas and forms. Notable Baroque theorists Joachim Burmeister (c. 1566-1629) and Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) related the fugal process to an active and elaborate discourse. They connected the basic parts of rhetorical disposition to fugue in an attempt to define and clarify its skeletal framework. While the concept of musico-rhetorical disposition schemes seems to be an attractive design for many Baroque theorists, it is difficult to apply such an analysis to stretto and double/triple fugues. This type of analysis sectionalizes the fugue in restrictive ways, linking particular musical techniques to different areas as would divide an oration. This document suggests that specific rhetorical figures do not need to be seen as fitting pre-set standard areas (e.g., propositio, confutatio, conclusio), but can derive from the context of each particular fugue, since they serve a prevailing musical function. Bach's stretto and double/triple fugues from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 are particularly difficult masterpieces to comprehend, and there is little precedence for the application of rhetorical figures to fugues of these types. This document examines Contrapuncti V-XI from The Art of the Fugue, and can serve as a model for rhetorical analyses of complex fugal processes.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectBaroqueen_US
dc.subjectFugueen_US
dc.subjectKeyboarden_US
dc.subjectMusicen_US
dc.subjectRhetoricen_US
dc.subjectBachen_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMilbauer, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWoods, Rexen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFan, Paulaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMilbauer, Johnen_US
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