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Doctors in Performance I Conference

September 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

September 5, 3:25 PM

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Organ Hall

Presentation “Time in Service of a Rhetorical Performance”


Music composed during the seventeenth and eighteenth century was seen as a communication system closely related to eloquent speech. The creative processes, both composing and performance, were grounded on the principles of Classical Rhetoric. In order to ’persuade’ the audience, various techniques of speech-like delivery should be applied to a musical performance. On the basis of musical examples and score extracts, this paper tackles temporal aspects of rhetorical performance of the 17th-18th century instrumental music. The appearance of isolated temporal events (such as figures of repetition, silence, contradiction etc) and their application in a performance are discussed. Additionally, suggestions on subjective, tactus-based tempo choices are made. 


September 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am
September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Gedimino pr. 42
Vilnius, 01110 Lithuania
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