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Surprizes,varies & conceals the Bounds -Persuasion in the English Landscape

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Surprizes, varies & conceals the Bounds - Persuasion in the English Landscape Garden: Thursday 6th May 6.00 pm online via zoom. Tickets £5

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In his Epistle to Lord Burlington, Alexander Pope set out ideas for a garden which would appeal to the ‘man of taste’. Many of these ideas (surprise, variety and deception) also happen to be devices described in the classical rhetoric texts to attract and maintain the attention of an audience, thereby creating an engaging entertainment. In the eighteenth century, techniques borrowed from rhetoric were used for eloquent persuasion in all the ‘polite arts’ of painting, poetry, music and architecture. A well-educated person would be familiar with these strategies and able to appreciate them when presented in works of art. The landscape garden provided the perfect space for all manner of events and emotional effects which adorned and manipulated nature, by using art which ‘pleasingly confounds’, but was enjoyed when discovered.

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Judy Tarling is a musician who has been at the forefront of the historical performance movement since the 1970s as a principal member of leading groups such as The Parley of Instruments, The Brandenburg Consort and The Hanover Band. She has written two books, Baroque String Playing ‘for ingenious learners’ (2000) and The Weapons of Rhetoric, a guide for musicians and audiences (2004) which have become required reading for students of period style world-wide. To underpin her research into the rhetorical style of performance she achieved a 1st class degree from the Open University in the Humanities with Classical Studies, and to write about rhetoric in the historic garden, MA in Garden History from Birkbeck College. Her latest book Landscapes of Eloquence? Finding rhetoric in the English landscape garden was published in November 2020. She will be contributing to the Sussex Gardens Trust forthcoming publication on Gertrude Jekyll. Judy's website is here.

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Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and a link to the recorded session, available for one week, will be sent shortly afterwards.

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