Szathmáry, Zsigmond
RHETORICA for Violin solo
- Demanding solo work for violin
- Interesting sound effects
- Highly expressive music
Edition no.
BA 11433
ISMN
9790006568215
Instrumentation of the work
Violin
Language(s) of text
German
Product format
Performance score
Instrumentation
Violin
Binding
in a folder
Pages / Format
12 S. - 29,9 x 21,0 cm
In ancient times, language and music were already regarded as an inseparable unit. Homer’s epic poems, for example, were sung, and in the highly developed art of rhetoric, words were used to communicate reason, while music spoke to the soul. Since Monteverdi’s time, musical delineation of text has become even more important: rhetoric terms such as “exclamatio”, “saltus duriusculus”, and “climax” were applied to music in order to render the emotional content of the text in even more expressive ways.

Szathmàry used this compositional method as a model when he drafted his work for violin “Rhetorica”. He wrote about this work: “My aim was to instill a “speaking quality” into even the tiniest musical elements in order to allow for the music to become a powerful narration of the moments experienced in a human life with all its highs and lows – entirely without the use of words.”
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