My Library

University LibraryCatalogue

Limit search to items available for borrowing or consultation
Result Page: Previous Next
Look for full text

Search Discovery

Search Trove

Add record to RefWorks

Author Rosen, Charles, 1927-2012.

Title Sonata forms / by Charles Rosen.

Published New York : Norton, [1988]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  784.183 ROSE  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Edition Rev. ed.
Physical description 415 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents II. Social Function 8 -- III. Ternary and Binary Forms 16 -- IV. Aria 28 -- V. Concerto 71 -- VI. Sonata Forms 98 -- VII. Evolution of Sonata Forms 133 -- VIII. Motif and Function 177 -- IX. Exposition 229 -- X. Development 262 -- XI. Recapitulation 284 -- XII. Codas 297 -- XIII. Beethoven and Schubert 353 -- XIV. Sonata Form after Beethoven 365.
Summary In his prize-winning book The Classical Style, 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."
In the present study, he takes a close look at the subject and its history, acknowledging the inadequacy of the nineteenth-century definitions and accounting for their formulation. Rosen rejects the established methods of defining form; that is, by using masterpieces as models or by surveying the general practices of a period. Instead, the form is related briefly to the new social conditions it had to face in the eighteenth century and described in terms of the functions it was expected to fulfill.
Subject Sonata form.
ISBN 0393026582 $19.95
0393302199 (paperback)