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Telemann’s Polish Style and the “True Barbaric Beauty” of the Musical Other

Steven Zohn

in Music for a Mixed Taste

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780195169775
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865536 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169775.003.0010
Telemann’s Polish Style and the “True Barbaric Beauty” of the Musical Other

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Previous studies of Telemann’s style polonais have concerned themselves above all with defining the idiom, mostly in terms of rhythm and meter, and cataloging its occurrences in his works. This chapter instead considers how the composer enlisted the style polonais to generate musical and social meanings for his audience. It shows that these meanings depended principally on a series of dichotomies that still resonate in the modern world: East versus West, high/urban versus low/rural, and serious versus comic.

Keywords: style polonais; social meaning; musical meaning

Chapter.  11396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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