This site will, it is hoped,
become a web resource for those interested in the phenomenon of
musica poetica, that synergistic interrelationship of
music, rhetoric, and oratory that flowered in the 17th and 18th
There will be reviews of performances, recordings, and books,
along with commentaries on aspects of musica poetica.
We invite comment and discussion that serves in furtherance of the dissemination of
knowledge about and awareness of the true art and science of
Contributions from site visitors are welcome. We hope that this
site becomes a resource for web publication of worthy articles.
Submissions may be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and must be accompanied by
the author's name, address, phone number, professional
association, and a sentence or two about the author's
background in music, scholarship, or writing.
The era of musica poetica or, to put it
another way, the era of music as a speaking art, did not end with
the death of J.S. Bach or with the French Revolution, although
the world view that created it had certainly lost currency by those times. Rather,
the formal and figural devices of musica poetica
continued to be used, transformed into the musical gestures of the common
musical vocabulary, throughout the 19th century. They are still
used today wherever and whenever music and words come
together to embody meaningful human experience in sound.
The resources and links available here may seem at first glance
quite disparate. But we have cast the net wide purposely, and
hope that on closer examination, these same resources can aid the
reader by revealing different points of view and the concomitant
different insights into the human condition that inform our
overall picture of the phenomenon of musica poetica in its