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Bach Perspectives, Volume 9J. S. Bach and His German Contemporaries$
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Andrew Talle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038136

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038136.001.0001

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Aesthetic Mediation and Tertiary Rhetoric in Telemann’s

Aesthetic Mediation and Tertiary Rhetoric in Telemann’s

VI Ouvertures à 4 ou 6

(p.24) Aesthetic Mediation and Tertiary Rhetoric in Telemann’s
Bach Perspectives, Volume 9

Steven Zohn

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Telemann's VI Ouvertures à 4 ou 6, a set of overture-suites for strings (with optional horns in three works) published by the composer at Hamburg in 1736. It reads the VI Ouvertures as Telemann's attempt to historicize the overture-suite by mediating stylistically between a late seventeenth-century, Lulliste archetype and the modern galant idiom of the 1730s. It argues that the VI Ouvertures, as a multiwork opus, engages in what Elaine Sisman calls “tertiary rhetoric,”a kind of intertextual rhetoric in which self-contained works converse among themselves and with performers and listeners alert to such connections. Furthermore, the VI Ouvertures can be heard to mediate aesthetically between civic and bucolic, serious and humorous, and familiar and foreign.

Keywords:   Georg Philipp Telemann, overture-suites, strings, intertextual rhetoric, tertiary rhetoric

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