"Musical Rhetoric: A Practical Demonstration"
(Updated: March 13, 2005)

"Sonic Association in Music and Speech: A Case Study of Sonic Invention in Rhetoric," presented to the Eastern Communication Association's Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group Fall Conference, Oswego, NY, September 1989.

This presentation included (1) a brief summary of relationships between music and rhetoric, (2) an explanation of sonic association, and (3) discussion of examples of original instrumental music designed to communicate different moods, feelings, settings, etc.

Selections were played and participants at the panel described their perceptions of the "meaning" (or communicated properties) of each selection. Following audience responses explanations were given of how each selection was designed to communicate from the composer's perspective.