On 19 March 2003, President Bush announced the beginning of the war in Iraq, "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people". As an answer to the British involvement in the war, on 7 July 2005 a terrorist attack was carried out in the London underground which caused the death of 52 people. Tony Blair announced this tragedy from Scotland, breaking up the G8 meeting that was then taking place. On 6 April 2009, President Obama held a memorable speech at the University of Cairo in which he stressed the need to overcome negative stereotypes on the clash of civilizations after years of "fear and mistrust". Language is the chief means of political propaganda and is closely controlled to influence voters' opinions. We are only partly aware of the series of elements on the basis of which we formulate our judgement on a politician's reliability, and many are the factors that influence our perception of politicians, ranging from their physical characteristics to their way of dressing and gestures. Political leaders persuade citizens about their policies and legitimize their own power by means of linguistic performances marked by a wide range of rhetorical strategies which, combined, shape the language of power.
Cifariello Ciardi's work aims to explore the possibility of translating the rhetorical emphasis of politicians into music, thus emphasizing how in the context of political speeches the rhythm and "melody" of one's language also represent crucial elements for building consensus-searching strategies. Unlike other works by the author, in this case the sound underwent no electronic processing: each politician's voice was merely transcribed for a musical instrument.
Cifariello Ciardi observes that "often power speaks not so much to people's heads as to their stomachs. How so? Perhaps, also through the 'music' concealed in their speech". Tre Piccoli Studi sul Potere illustrates how images of power draw their strength not merely from what meets our gaze, but also from what becomes the object of our most deep-seated perceptions - via hearing, for instance - in a more efficient way. And one harder to decrypt.