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Author Rapoport, Erez, 1959-2009.

Title Mendelssohn's instrumental music : structure and style / Erez Rapoport.

Published Hillsdale, NY : Pendragon Press, ©2012.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xvii, 182 pages) : illustrations.
Series Harmonologia: studies in music theory ; number 18
Harmonologia series ; no. 17.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Phrase and subphrase overlap -- Unusual treatment of the reprise in small forms -- Deviations from the norms at the beginning of the recapitulation in sonata forms -- Joining together other sections in sonata forms -- Linking movements in multi-movement works -- Summary : historical pespective.
Summary What is it that makes Mendelssohn's music recognizably unique? This study hopes to make a contribution to the answer through an analysis of an extensive sample of Mendelssohn's instrumental music. I identify a compositional practice which I believe to be a hallmark of his style: the smoothing over of formal junctures of various types. By and large, Mendelssohn's dynamic treatment of formal junctures reflects a general concern with enhancing continuity and momentum in longer forms, a compositional issue that has always presented a challenge to composers in the Western music tradition. The main purpose of our investigation, then, is to delineate the specific techniques that Mendelssohn used in his characteristic effort to bridge over formal divisions. Many of Mendelssohn's works reveal this clear (and evidently deliberate) propensity to create larger continuities by means of bridging over divisions, regardless of the formal prototype or level of structure. At the same time, an almost Mozartian clarity of form often is preserved. This might at first seem contradictory, but Mendelssohn, as I shall attempt to demonstrate, was able to find ingenious ways of having his cake and eating it, too [From author's introduction].
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Instrumental music.
Instrumental music -- History and criticism.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781576472552 (electronic bk.)
1576472558 (electronic bk.)