The Art of the Unspoken – Gabriela Mayer

The Art of the Unspoken – Gabriela Mayer

Monday, 29 January 2024, 9.00am

Peter Lang Group is has announced the release of a new scholarly publication, ‘The Art of the Unspoken: Rhetorical Devices, Linguistic Parallels and the Influence of the Singing Voice in Classical and Romantic Piano Literature’, by Gabriela Mayer.

Launched recently at MTU Cork School of Music, the book was described by pianist Barry Douglas as ‘comprehensive and incredibly interesting and thought-provoking. Very insightful work.’

‘The Art of the Unspoken’ explores a performance framework that connects qualities derived from rhetorical and dramatic elements and the model of the singing voice in Classical and Romantic solo piano music. These traditions were shared by composers, performers and pedagogues but have gradually fallen into obscurity. Rhetoric provides a guide for logical organization and persuasion, dramatic plot and character influence form and musical content, while singing offers a natural model for expression and inflection. Historical and aesthetic information along with literary and musical aspects are presented here to inform current performance practice.

Dr Gabriela Mayer is a pianist, pedagogue, and researcher with a passion for connecting interdisciplinary insights. As a recipient of a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship to Germany, Dr Mayer studied piano performance at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin. She subsequenty completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland in the USA, graduating with the highest honours. Since moving to Ireland, she has engaged in teaching as well as performing, and currently holds the position of Head of Department of Keyboard Studies at the MTU Cork School of Music.

‘The Art of the Unspoken’ is available in print and e-book format and can be purchased from, online retailers including Amazon, Apple, specialist bookstores, and more.

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Published by Journal of Music on 29 January 2024

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