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Criteria for a theory of nineteenth-century sonata form.

Horton, J. (2017) 'Criteria for a theory of nineteenth-century sonata form.', Music theory and analysis (MTA)., 4 (2). pp. 147-191.


Thanks to the work of Janet Schmalfeldt, James Hepokoski, Steven Vande Moortele, and others, progress toward a theory of form for nineteenth-century instrumental music has accelerated in recent years. This article addresses some of the theoretical and methodological issues to which this project gives rise. Taking medial-caesura usage in the chamber and solo sonata forms of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms as a representative corpus study, it focuses on questions of what constitutes a norm in Formenlehre, how we determine the criteria for establishing a practice as normative, and how these criteria relate to concepts of normativity in the human sciences. Finally, it offers a comparative analysis of how these issues affect sonata-formal strategies in the first movements of Brahms's First Symphony and Bruckner's Eighth Symphony.

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Publisher statement:This article was published by Leuven University Press in the journal Music Theory and Analysis (MTA) © Universitaire Pers Leuven/Leuven University Press
Date accepted:14 September 2017
Date deposited:05 October 2017
Date of first online publication:01 October 2017
Date first made open access:05 October 2017

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