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R egister in H aydn's S tring Q uartets : F our C ase S tudies

R egister in H aydn's S tring Q uartets : F our C ase S tudies ABSTRACT This study argues that register – a neglected subject of music analysis – assumes the status of a primary parameter in Haydn's string quartets. The claim is substantiated with four case studies. The first movement of Op. 9 No. 4 exemplifies registral techniques that Haydn deployed and developed throughout his career as a quartet composer. Op. 20 No. 2 uses register as a main topic of compositional discourse, and as a means of establishing large‐scale connections both within and between movements. The first movement of Op. 76 No. 5 employs register to create stability as well as instability, while the finale of Op. 74 No. 2 epitomises the paradox that registral destabilisation may help to create large‐scale coherence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

R egister in H aydn's S tring Q uartets : F our C ase S tudies

Music Analysis , Volume 26 (3) – Oct 1, 2007

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Wiley
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© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/j.1468-2249.2008.00260.x
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Abstract

ABSTRACT This study argues that register – a neglected subject of music analysis – assumes the status of a primary parameter in Haydn's string quartets. The claim is substantiated with four case studies. The first movement of Op. 9 No. 4 exemplifies registral techniques that Haydn deployed and developed throughout his career as a quartet composer. Op. 20 No. 2 uses register as a main topic of compositional discourse, and as a means of establishing large‐scale connections both within and between movements. The first movement of Op. 76 No. 5 employs register to create stability as well as instability, while the finale of Op. 74 No. 2 epitomises the paradox that registral destabilisation may help to create large‐scale coherence.

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2007

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