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

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Oxford University Press, May 14, 1998 - 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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Very dense, hard to get through--definitely not for the faint of heart. Also Caplin seems to like to reinvent (he'd probably say "refine") the normative nomenclature for just about everything, which can be confusing for the somewhat experienced reader. The examples are extremely well- dissected and explained. 

Contents

TightKnit Themes
33
Looser Formal Regions
95
FullMovement Forms
193
Glossary of Terms
253
Notes
259

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