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In Search of Romantic Form

In Search of Romantic Form I am not the first, nor will I likely be the last, to state that one of the most remarkable developments in recent North American music theory is the revival of interest in musical form, triggered by the appearance of William Caplin's Classical Form ( ) and continued by the publication of James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy's Elements of Sonata Theory ( ); today, well into the second decade of that revival, this is old news. Many readers will also be aware that since its very early stages, the ‘new Formenlehre ’ – approaches to musical form based on the theory of formal functions, the system of sonata theory or a combination of both – has spread well beyond its Classical core repertoire. Applications of Hepokoski and Darcy's work to music of the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been especially numerous. Surprisingly, theorists have been slower to apply the tools developed by Caplin and by Hepokoski and Darcy to the music of the direct heirs to the Classical masters: Schubert and the Romantic generation. Only a handful of book chapters and articles, most of them very recent, are devoted specifically to form in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

In Search of Romantic Form

Music Analysis , Volume 32 (3) – Oct 1, 2013

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Wiley
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Music Analysis © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
0262-5245
eISSN
1468-2249
DOI
10.1111/musa.12015
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Abstract

I am not the first, nor will I likely be the last, to state that one of the most remarkable developments in recent North American music theory is the revival of interest in musical form, triggered by the appearance of William Caplin's Classical Form ( ) and continued by the publication of James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy's Elements of Sonata Theory ( ); today, well into the second decade of that revival, this is old news. Many readers will also be aware that since its very early stages, the ‘new Formenlehre ’ – approaches to musical form based on the theory of formal functions, the system of sonata theory or a combination of both – has spread well beyond its Classical core repertoire. Applications of Hepokoski and Darcy's work to music of the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been especially numerous. Surprisingly, theorists have been slower to apply the tools developed by Caplin and by Hepokoski and Darcy to the music of the direct heirs to the Classical masters: Schubert and the Romantic generation. Only a handful of book chapters and articles, most of them very recent, are devoted specifically to form in

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2013

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