Everything you always wanted to know about the sonata, but were afraid to ask, answered at surprising length and with copious musical illustrations. Sonatas are generally thought of as being always organized into exposition, development, and recapitulation, but, writes Rosen, "...it is very dubious that a unique sonata form can be so defined even for a single decade of the late eighteenth-century," and he goes on to prove why it can't. Important reading for the serious musician. "Nobody writes better about music .... again and again, unerring insight into just the features that make the music special and fine."—The New York Review of Books Charles Rosen says of sonata form: "[It] is not a definite form like a minuet, a da capo aria, or a French overture; it is, like the fugue, a way of writing, a feeling for proportion, direction, and texture rather than a pattern."
|Book:||Sonata Forms (Revised Edition)|
|Publisher:||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Number of Pages:||432|
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