Elements of Sonata Theory

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

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Elements of Sonata Theory outlines a fresh approach to analysing the sonata. Both building on and departing from earlier methods of analysis, this study provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the sonata genre. After establishing the normative features of the sonata, the authors examine how individual sonatas from Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart both adhere to and deviate from those standards to a variety of effects. Co-authored by a music theorist and a musicologist, this book both provides a groundbreaking foundational theory and offers fresh insights on individual works from the Western canon.show more

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  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 185.42 x 254 x 38.1mm | 1,315.41g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous music examples
  • 0195146409
  • 9780195146400

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will surely be valued for its encyclopedic compilation of interesting music analytical observations on a wealth of sonata excerpts * Celia Hurwitz-Keefe, Eighteenth-Century Music * ...[a] challenging wide-ranging study...worth tackling...the author's achievements are impressive, even daunting. * William Drabkin, Musical Times *show more

About James Hepokoski

James Hepokoski is Professor of Music at Yale University. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, musical form, hermeneutics, and historiography. Warren Darcy is Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College Conservatory. His book Wagner's Das Rheingold (Oxford, 1993) won the Society for Music Theory's Wallace Berry Award in 1995.show more

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