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Author Schab, Alon, author.

Title The sonatas of Henry Purcell : rhetoric and reversal / Alon Schab
Published Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989 ; v. 146
Eastman studies in music ; v. 146.
Contents Purcell's trio sonatas -- Harmony and counterpoint in the service of rhetoric -- Indiscernible structures -- Proportional symmetry and asymmetry -- Mirror symmetry and its implications -- Double fugue, triple fugue, and commutatio -- Ground bass
Summary Purcell's trio sonatas are among the cornerstones of Baroque chamber music. The composer himself unassumingly described them as "a just imitation of the most famed Italian masters." However, analysis of their underlying structures reveals that Purcell's modesty hides a highly original blend of Italian models, complex English traditional compositional devices, and his own near obsession with compositional and contrapuntal technique.0Alon Schab's pathbreaking 'Sonatas of Henry Purcell: Rhetoric and Reversal' begins with an overview of the two sets of sonatas and their sources, their movement types, and some of the basic compositional and rhetorical procedures they demonstrate. The book's main part highlights several covert structures that are not necessarily heard but are consistent and played an important part in the compositional process. Symmetry, both temporal and spatial, governs much of these underlying structures. Beneath the surface of his studies in Italian style, Purcell created intricate correspondences between the micro and macro levels of the works, as well as unities of proportions and, above all, impressive mirrorlike structures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 8, 2018)
Subject Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. Sonatas.
SUBJECT Sonatas (Purcell, Henry) fast
Subject Sonata.
MUSIC -- Musical Instruments -- General.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Band & Orchestra.
MUSIC -- History & Criticism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781787442634