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Classical Form

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

by William E. Caplin

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list price: $131.50
also available: Paperback
category: Music
published: 1998

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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Contributor notes

William E. Caplin, Associate Professor of Music, McGill University.

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Editorial Review

"Caplin draws his Beethoven examples from all genres...the fortepiano sonatas are particularly well-represented."--The Beethoven Journal

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