Classical Form

Classical Form : A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

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Building on ideas first advanced by Arnold Schoenberg and later developed by Erwin Ratz, this book introduces a new theory of form for instrumental music in the classical style. The theory provides a broad set of principles and a comprehensive methodology for the analysis of classical form, from individual ideas, phrases, and themes to the large-scale organization of complete movements. It emphasizes the notion of formal function, that is, the specific role a given formal unit plays in the structural organization of a classical more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 210.82 x 276.86 x 22.86mm | 997.9g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 2 line illustrations, numerous music examples
  • 019514399X
  • 9780195143997
  • 107,049

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This ambitious book offers nothing less than a new theory of form for the music of the Classical period ... In its combination of scholarship, musicality and sheer common sense, Caplan's Classical Form is a major achievement by any standards ... it should be read by anybody who teaches, studies or writes about this music. * Music and Letters *show more

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