9789058678225

Musical Form, Forms & Formenlehre

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  • ISBN13:

    9789058678225

  • ISBN10:

    9058678229

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-19
  • Publisher: Leuven Univ Pr

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Summary

In Musical Form, Forms & Formenlehre, three eminent music theorists reflect on the fundamentals of 'musical form.' They discuss how to analyze form in music and question the relevance of analytical theories and methods in general. They illustrate their basic concepts andc oncerns by offering some concrete analyses of works by Mozart (Idomeneo Overture, Jupiter Symphony) and Beethoven (First and Pastoral Symphony, Egmont Overture, and Die Ruinen von Athen Overture). The volume is divided into three parts, focusing on Caplin's 'theory of formal functions,' Hepokoski's concept of 'dialogic form,' and Webster's method of 'multivalent analysis' respectively. Each part begins with a basic essay by one of the three authors. Subsequently, the two opposing authors comment on issues and analyses they consider to be problematic or underdeveloped, in a style that ranges from the gently critical to the overtly polemical. Finally, the author of the initial essay is given the opportunity to reply to the comments, and to further refine his own fundamental ideas on musical form.

Author Biography

William E. Caplin is James McGill Professor of Music Theory at McGill University. He is the author of Classical Form. James Hepokoski is Professor of Music at Yale University. He is the co-author of Elements of Sonata Theory. James Webster is Goldwin Smith Professor of Music at Cornell University. He is the author of Haydn's Farewell Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style. Pieter Berg is Professor of Musicology at the University of Leuven.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Prologue Considering Musical Form, Forms and Formenlehrep. 11
William E. Caplin & The Theory of Formal Functionsp. 19
What are Formal Functions?p. 21
Comments on William E. Caplin's Essay "What Are Formal Functions?"p. 41
Comments on William E. Caplin's Essay "What Are Formal Functions?"p. 46
Response to the Commentsp. 51
James Hepokoski & The Concept of Dialogic Formp. 69
Sonata Theory and Dialogic Formp. 71
Comments on James Hepokoski's Essay "Sonata Theory and Dialogic Form"p. 90
Comments on James Hepokoski's Essay "Sonata Theory and Dialogic Form"p. 96
Response to the Commentsp. 101
James Webster & The Concept of Multivalent Analysisp. 121
Formenlehre in Theory and Practicep. 123
Comments on James Webster's Essay "Formenlehre in Theory and Practice"p. 140
Comments on James Webster's Essay "Formenlehre in Theory and Practice"p. 146
Response to the Commentsp. 152
Epilogue The Future of Formenlehrep. 165
Bibliographyp. 171
About the Authorsp. 177
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