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Darkness and light: Handel's rhetorical vocal writing in the English oratorio Samson

McMahon, Paul


In his study of Handel’s dramatic oratorio Samson (HWV 57), Winton Dean alludes to darkness and light as multi-hued poetical and spiritual elements perpetuating the narrative. Literature contextualised by rhetorical ideology, the aesthetic notion of the affections in which the composer sought to arouse and manipulate the emotions of the listener, and contemporary scholarship pertaining to Baroque performance practice offers scant evidence investigating Handel’s adaptation of rhetorical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Music Research Online


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