The Sonatas of Henry Purcell: Rhetoric and Reversal

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This pathbreaking study reveals Purcell's extensive use of symmetry and reversal In his much-loved trio sonatas, and shows how these hidden structural processes make his music multilayered and appealing.

Table of 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
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRochester, NY
PublisherRochester, NY University of Rochester Press
Number of pages263
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameEastman studies in music
PublisherUniversity of Rochester Press
ISSN (Print)1071-9989

Bibliographical note

Shortlisted for the Society for Music Theory (SMT) ‘Emerging Scholar Award (Book)’ (2019).
Reviewed in Early Music 47/2 (May 2019, by Alan Howard) (264–266); Music and Letters 100/1 (February 2019, by Andrew Woolley) (136–138); North American British Music Studies Association Reviews 6/1 (Spring 2019, by Steven Plank) (11–14); Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online 17 (2020, by Yosef Goldenberg); Notes 76/4 (June 2020, by Joel Roberts), 581–583; Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 26/1 (2020, by John Cunningham).


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