Classical form : a theory of formal functions for the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
- William E. Caplin.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
- Physical description
- xii, 307 p. : music ; 29 cm.
- Caplin, William Earl, 1948-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-292) and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- 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)
- Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809 > Criticism and interpretation.
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 > Criticism and interpretation.
- Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 > Criticism and interpretation.
- Musical form.
- Instrumental music > 18th century > Analysis, appreciation.
- Instrumental music > 19th century > Analysis, appreciation.
- Musical analysis.
- Classicism in music.
- Music > Theory > 20th century.
- Publication date
- 0195104803 (alk. paper)
- 9780195104806 (alk. paper)
- 9780195143997 (pbk)
- 019514399X (pbk)