- Paperback: 692 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (February 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199773912
- ISBN-13: 978-0199773916
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late-Eighteenth-Century Sonata Reprint Edition
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will surely be valued for its encyclopedic compilation of interesting music analytical observations on a wealth of sonata excerpts * Celia Hurwitz-Keefe, Eighteenth-Century Music *
About the Author
James Hepokoski is Professor of Music at Yale University. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, musical form, hermeneutics, and historiography.
Warren Darcy is Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College Conservatory. His book Wagner's Das Rheingold (Oxford, 1993) won the Society for Music Theory's Wallace Berry Award in 1995.
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The most surprising feature to me is that this book is quite readable. Readability is not something that can be taken for granted in the turgid literature of music theory. Therefore, the book is of value to a layperson like myself and not only to specialists. (The final four chapters, on the concerto version of sonata-form, are more difficult to read, but that is quite minor.) Another surprise to me was that a lot of information in the book was new to me. I have read widely in this field, but I still learned a lot.
Like any first edition, a few questionable statements have slipped in. For example, on p.20 the book implies that after about 1760 it became normal to repeat only the first part (the exposition), and not repeat the second part. Apparently, Mozart was not informed of this normal practice. Mozart called for the repeat of the second part in almost every sonata-form movement in his piano sonatas (28 of 31 sonata-form movements). But this is mere quibbling.
If someone is seriously interested in the subject of "sonata-form," this is the book to get.