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THE ANATOMY OF MUSIC

Part IV: Hybrid Themes (Antecedent + Continuation)

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A brief survey of the classical repertoire reveals that the theme types we have explored over the last few weeks were of great importance to eighteenth- and nineteenth- century composers. The sentence -- an engine of breathless drive -- and the period -- an embodiment of balance and proportion -- both served to express a particular set of expressive goals. Despite the regularity with which these two theme types appear, however, it is naïve to think that composers restricted themselves to such a simple set of form-to-expression mappings.

In the 1990s, music theorist William E Caplin made an important discovery...

Copyright © 29 April 2013 Andrew Schartmann, Montreal, Canada

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