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Non-Normative Openings of the Recapitulatory Rotation: Alternatives and Deformations

James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy

in Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late-Eighteenth-Century Sonata

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195146400
eISBN:
9780199850983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146400.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

There are potentially problematic beginnings of recapitulatory rotations, which include such practices as seeming to start the recapitulation several measures into the P-zone or initiating the ... More


Introduction

L. Poundie Burstein

in Journeys Through Galant Expositions

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190083991
eISBN:
9780190084028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190083991.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Musical form is often discussed by appealing to metaphors that compare formal sections either to types of containers or to segments of journeys. Although both metaphors are usually combined and used ... More


Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Seth Monahan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book examines Gustav Mahler’s career-long engagement with sonata form. It argues that a dynamic, process-based sonata-form concept factors into all of his early and middle-period symphonies, ... More


Deformed Beauty?: Narrative and Musical Form in Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Tale of the Fair Melusina, Op. 32

Thomas Grey

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The last of Felix Mendelssohn’s series of popular and influential concert overtures, the Overture to the Tale of the Fair Melusina of 1835 remains the least familiar of these works. It is also the ... More


Sonata Form in Mahler’s Narrative Imagination

Seth Monahan

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter argues, against critical precedent, that sonata form was a driving force in Mahler’s narrative imagination. It shows that the genre’s central teleology—the resolution of tonal tension—is ... More


Adorno’s “Novel-Symphony”: The Dialectic of Freedom and Determinism

Seth Monahan

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

To build a richer interpretive apparatus, the study turns to the celebrated Mahler writings of Theodor W. Adorno. It begins with a thorough overview of Adorno’s Mahler-image, with special focus on ... More


“A Play within a Play”: Games of Closure and Contingency in the First Movement of the Fourth

Seth Monahan

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on Mahler’s explicitly “classicist” sonata, the opening of the Fourth Symphony. After demonstrating the many parallels of design between this movement and the opening of the ... More


Journeys Through Galant Expositions

L. Poundie Burstein

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190083991
eISBN:
9780190084028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190083991.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Through much of the eighteenth century, commentators often described musical form in relation to a type of journey leading toward a set of specific tonal/harmonic/melodic/rhythmic goals, punctuated ... More


“A Demonic Haydn”: Mahler’s Confrontation with Tradition in the First Movement of the Sixth

Seth Monahan

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter begins by considering the possible synergies and frictions among the Sixth Symphony’s dominant reception tropes—those of tragedy, autobiography, and (neo)classicism. It then sets out to ... More


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