HEPOKOSKI, James / DARCY, Warren

Elements of Sonata theory . Norms, types, and deformations in the Late-Eighteenth century Sonata.

For over 150 years the concept of "sonata form" lay at the heart of European instrumental music. Now, in Elements of Sonata Theory, musicologist James Hepokoski and music theorist Warren Darcy rethink its basic principles. Considering not only sonatas but also chamber music, symphonies, overtures, and concertos, their study outlines a new, updated paradigm for understanding the compositional choices present in the instrumental works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries. It also lays down an indispensable foundation for those working with later adaptations and deformations of these musical structures in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Combining insightful research and analysis, contemporary genre theory, and provocative hermeneutic turns, these original perspectives provide a creative approach to the exploration of meaning within a familiar repertory. The authors map out the background terrain of historical norms at work in this music and provide a flexible mode of analysis for perceiving and assessing what happens--or what does not happen--in any given piece. They guide readers through the formatting possibilities within each compositional space in sonata form, while also introducing new ideas for understanding the ordering of musical modules over an entire movement and, more broadly, over an entire multimovement composition. The product of over a dozen years of research, Elements of Sonata Theory is the most thorough study of the sonata ever undertaken. It serves as a challenge both to students and to experienced musicologists and music theorists to rethink how sonata form is best understood.

USA, 2006, 2011. 661 pp. Idioma: inglés. Encuadernación: rústica.

Table of Contents:


1 Contexts 3
2 Sonata form as a whole : foundational considerations 14
3 The medial caesura and the two-part exposition 23
4 The continuous exposition 51
5 The primary theme (P) 65
6 The transition (TR) 93
7 The secondary theme (S) and essential expositional closure (EEC) : initial considerations 117
8 S-complications : EEC deferral and apparent double medial caesuras (TMB) 150
9 The closing zone (C) 180
10 The development (developmental space) 195
11 The recapitulation (recapitulatory space; recapitulatory rotation) 231
12 Non-normative openings of the recapitulatory rotation : alternatives and deformations 255
13 Parageneric spaces : coda and introduction 281
14 Sonata form in minor keys 306
15 The three- and four-movement sonata cycle 318
16 Sonata types and the type 1 sonata 343
17 The type 2 sonata 353
18 Rondos and the type 4 sonata 388
19 The type 5 sonata : fundamentals 430
20 The type 5 sonata : Mozart's concertos (R1: the opening ritornello) 469
21 The type 5 sonata : Mozart's concertos (solo and larger expositions : solo 1 + ritornello 2) 496
22 The type 5 sonata : Mozart's concertos (development and recapitulation : from solo 2 through ritornello 4) 563
App. 1 Some grounding principles of sonata theory 603
App. 2 Terminology : "rotation" and "deformation" 611