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


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