During the sixteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, the rhetoric discipline was linked with music to imprint a meaning, where the audience assimilated and comprehended its musical discourse; thus, becoming a socio-communicative pattern. The present research project aims to study the use of musical topics as a compositional process in the music of the Portuguese composer, resident on Brazilian soil from 1774, André da Silva Gomes; and thus to understand the semantic construction upon his work and its possible influences resulting from its reception. For this, the project seeks to study certain patterns of use of rhetorical and topical structures. It's known that the musical discourse of the time was loaded of meaning, provoking and promoting some senses in the audience; however, it's scarce the studies that deal with a systematisation of the use and the particularities of these theories in Portugal. After the preliminary study of topical analysis in musical discourse, to verify the use of this same processes in André da Silva Gomes's C Mass. The analysis aims to disclose the compositional elements of Silva Gomes, that is, how this composer reflected his belongings before the scholarly tradition which he received in Portugal and the demands of meaning, as a composer of Cathedral of São Paulo.
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