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Searching for Eloquence: Rhetoric as Artistic Foil in Arranging Bach for 7-String Guitar

Poll, M. (2022). Searching for Eloquence: Rhetoric as Artistic Foil in Arranging Bach for 7-String Guitar. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, Guildhall School of Music and Drama)


This project, a study in applied aesthetics in music, examines my personal creative process of arranging J.S. Bach’s D Minor Violin Partita BWV 1004 for 7-string guitar. In a departure from existing adaptations of this work, I use rhetoric, a prevalent mode of organizing music and thought at the time of the partita’s composition, as a creative foil in crafting an approach. Within a rhetorical framework, I use arrangements by Bach to inform my process and practice. I make case studies to probe and make explicit elements of the suites, and explore how my understanding of the construction of BWV 1004 guides my hand as an arranger.

To inform my arrangement of BWV 1004, I analyse, arrange, and perform the Suites BWV 995 in G Minor, BWV 996 in E Minor, and BWV 1006a in E major for and on 7-string guitar. I arrange the Allemande from English Suite BWV 807 in A Minor for violin. I work to parse the rhetoric of BWV 1004, and finally share elements of the iterative process of arranging it.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: Doctoral Theses
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