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Класификация на бароковите музикални фигури
Classification of Baroque Musical Figures

Author(s): Petya Stefanova
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This article presents a detailed classification of musical rethorical figures from the Baroque period. One of the first classifications belong to Burmeister who divides figures, generally speaking, into melodic and harmonic. With the advent of Figurenlehren the number of treatises grew up and classifications were created on different basis. Pointing to general principles of differentiating of figures, the article summarizes various types of classifications, proposed by musicologists from the Baroque era. Baroque musical figures, 152 in number, are tabulated. They are deduced from treatises of the 16th – 18th centuries music theorists, including Nukis, Pretorius, Burmeister, Touring, Kircher, Bernhard, Prinz, Aale, Vogt, Yanovka, Shpis, Matezon, Walter, Sheibe, and Forkel. The main table displays Latin names of figures while those of Greek origin include as well authentic names. The definitions of figures rely upon works of contemporary musicologists and literary researchers (Bartel, Burton, Lanham, and Bulow), based on definitions given by theoreticians of the 16th – 18th centuries. Listed are also authors whose treatises refer to particular figures. The definitions of contemporary theorists as well as of theorists of Baroque epoch not always overlap. Full definitions of each author can be found in the relevant treatises, some of which are listed in the bibliography at the end of the article.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 75-98
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian