Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-292) and index.
This work introduces a theory of form for the analysis of instrumental music of the classical style. Focusing on formal function - the role a formal unit plays in the structural organization of a work - the theory provides a broad set of principles and a comprehensive methodology for the analysis of classical form - from the individual ideas making up various phrases of themes, to the large-scale organization of complete movements. The book includes a detailed discussion of standard theme types, more extensive formal regions, and full-movement forms. The theoretical concepts are illustrated by over 250 annotated musical examples by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The book is intended for music theorists and musicologists, and as a supplementary text or reference for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on form and analysis and the history of classical style. (source: Nielsen Book Data)