In the Process of Becoming

In the Process of Becoming : Analytical and Philosophical Perspectives on Form in Early Nineteenth-Century Music

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With their insistence that form is a dialectical process in the music of Beethoven, Theodor Adorno and Carl Dahlhaus emerge as the guardians of a long-standing critical tradition in which Hegelian concepts have been brought to bear on the question of musical form. Janet Schmalfeldt's ground-breaking account of the development of this Beethoven-Hegelian tradition restores to the term "form" some of its philosophical associations in the early nineteenth century, when profound cultural changes were yielding new relationships between composers and their listeners, and when music itself-in particular, instrumental music-became a topic for renewed philosophical investigation. Precedents for Adorno's and Dahlhaus's concept of form as process arise in the Athenaum Fragments of Friedrich Schlegel and in the Encyclopaedia Logic of Hegel. The metaphor common to all these sources is the notion of becoming; it is the idea of form coming into being that this study explores in respect to music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann. A critical assessment of Dahlhaus's preoccupation with the opening of Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata serves as the author's starting point for the translation of philosophical ideas into music-analytical terms-ones that encourage listening "both forward and backward," as Adorno has recommended. Thanks to the ever-growing familiarity of late eighteenth-century audiences with formal conventions, composers could increasingly trust that performers and listeners would be responsive to striking formal transformations. The author's analytic method strives to capture the dynamic, quasi-narrative nature of such transformations, rather than only their end results. This experiential approach to the perception of form invites listeners and especially performers to participate in the interpretation of processes by which, for example, a brooding introduction-like opening must inevitably become the essential main theme in Schubert's Sonata, Op. 42, or in which tremendous formal expansions in movements by Mendelssohn offer a dazzling opportunity for multiple retrospective reinterpretations. Above all, In the Process of Becoming proposes new ways of hearing beloved works of the romantic generation as representative of their striving for novel, intensely self-reflective modes of communication.show more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 120 x 236 x 34mm | 979.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 118 line-cuts, 2 halftones
  • 0195093666
  • 9780195093667
  • 1,339,485

About Janet Schmalfeldt

Janet Schmalfeldt is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Tufts University. She has taught at McGill University and at Yale, where she was awarded the Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in 1993. She is the author of Berg's "Wozzeck": Harmonic Language and Dramatic Design and of numerous articles. In 1997-99, she served as President of the Society for Music Theory. Her performances in the role of pianist have included solo, concerto, and chamber music.show more

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It is hard to imagine a more generously inclusive approach to the various doings of composers, performers, analysts, and music-minded philosophers. Vivid strands of modern musical thought are brilliantly reflected and refracted throughout Janet Schmalfeldt's much awaited book. Upon reaching her moving final chapter, we realize that In the Process of Becoming has from the outset enacted a gratifying homecoming for both its subjects and its readers. * Scott Burnham, Princeton University *show more

Table of contents

PREFACE; - FORMATION OF THE TRADITION; - DAHLHAUS AND THE "TEMPEST" SONATA; - POST-DAHLHAUSIAN CRITIQUES; - THE QUESTION OF A SECONDARY THEME; - INTRODUCTION OR MAIN THEME; - ST2 AND THE FINAL CADENCE OF THE EXPOSITION; - HAYDN-STRING QUARTET IN C MAJOR, OP. 33, NO. 3 (HOB. III:39), FIRST MOVEMENT; - HAYDN-PIANO TRIO IN C MAJOR (HOB. XV:27), FINALE; - CLEMENTI-PIANO SONATA IN F MINOR, OP. 13, NO. 6, FIRST MOVEMENT; - MOZART-LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, ACT I, NO. 7, TRIO IN B-FLAT; - SCHUBERT-PIANO SONATA IN A MINOR, OP. 42, D. 845; - SCHUBERT-ALLEGRO IN A MINOR FOR FOUR HANDS, "LEBENSSTURME," D. 947; - SCHUBERT-PIANO TRIO IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 100, D. 929; - STRING QUARTET IN A MINOR, OP. 13: OPENING OF THE FINALE; - THE PIANO TRIO IN D MINOR, OP. 49, FIRST MOVEMENT: OPENING OF THE EXPOSITION; - THE OCTET, OP. 20; - THE FINALE; - THE OPENING OF THE FIRST MOVEMENT; - MORE ON MENDELSSOHN'S CODAS: OVERTURE TO MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM AND THE SCHERZO OF THE D-MINOR PIANO TRIO; - OVERVIEW WITH RESPECT TO CHOPIN'S GENRES; - FIRST MOVEMENT OF THE CELLO SONATA: ALLEGRO MODERATO; -THIRD MOVEMENT OF THE CELLO SONATA: LARGO; - ROBERT SCHUMANN-"MONDNACHT," FROM LIEDERKREIS, OP. 39; - ROBERT SCHUMANN-"WIDMUNG," FROM MYRTHEN, OP. 25; - CLARA SCHUMANN-"DIE STILLE LOTOSBLUME," OP. 13, NO. 6; - ROBERT SCHUMANN-ARABESKE, OP. 18; - ROBERT SCHUMANN-FANTASIE, OP. 17; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXshow more

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