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

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Oxford University Press, Dec 28, 2000 - Music - 320 pages
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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 work.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Hybrid Themes and Compound Themes
Small Ternary
Small Binary
Looser Formal Regions
Fundamental Progressions of Harmony
Transition
TightKnit Themes
Coda
FullMovement Forms
SlowMovement Forms
MinuetTrio Form
Rondo Form
Concerto Form
Antecedent Phrase
Notes

Period
Development
Recapitulation

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