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Music as rethoric: Wild Tales and the passions evoked by the soundtrack

Grant number: 16/25042-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2017
Effective date (End): August 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics
Principal researcher:Maria Flávia de Figueiredo Pereira
Grantee:Valmir Ferreira dos Santos Junior
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria Adjunta de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação. Universidade de Franca (UNIFRAN). Franca , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Based on theoretical foundations of Rhetoric, according to which the speech comprises three fundamental pillars for its construction (ethos, pathos and logos), and on musical theory, we will analyze the soundtrack of the movie Wild Tales. This analysis aims at observing the passions evoked in the audience by the select corpus and thus lead to the understanding of the possibilities of interrelation between pathos and soundtrack. We will then analyze, through rhetorical foundation (based on Aristotle, Meyer, Reboul, Ferreira and Abreu) combined with knowledge derived from music theory (Arakawa, Bennett and Copland), the way a movie soundtrack, together with other multimodal aspects of the genre, is able to arise passions in the audience, leading it to identity, and therefore persuasive, processes. We hope that this research elucidates the role of music in the persuasive constructions and also demonstrates the influence of this instance of logos in mediatic genres, like: theatrical pieces, soap operas, films, among others. (AU)

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